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Totting Up Bans & Too Many Points on Your License

How Chris Rudd Solicitors Can Help You

What Is A Totting Up Ban?

A totting up ban is when you get 12 points on your license, or penalty points, for motoring offences within a period of 3 years. These offences can be careless driving, lack of insurance, or speeding. But, most motoring offences can result in penalty points.  When these penalty points add up, it can lead to a driving disqualification, or ban.

You can learn more about accruing points on your license on the government website.

How Long Does A Totting Up Ban Last?

Your driving ban may last from 6 months up to 2 years. But, this is dependent on how serious the offence is and if you have had any previous offences. Accumulating 12 points or more may lead to the following lengths of ban:

  • 6 months from 12 penalty points in 3 years, without any previous disqualification. If a ban is to be imposed 6 months is the minimum period of ban
  • 12 months, from a second disqualification in 3 years
  • 2 years, from a third disqualification in 3 years

You should be aware that if you have accumulated 12 points or more the Court take the view that a ban should be the normal penalty. So, you will need good representation if you are to persuade the court not to impose a ban

Laws are particularly strict for new drivers. If you get 6 or more penalty points within 2 years of passing your test, your license will be revoked, and you will have to pass a retest at the end of your ban before your driving licence will be returned to you.

Learner drivers using a provisional licence can still receive penalty points. The penalty points on your provisional licence last for 4 years, unless the court considers the offence more serious. If they haven’t expired by time you get your full driving licence, the points will be carried over.

What If I’ve Only Recently Passed My Test?

While it is important to bear those penalties above in mind, these laws are even stricter for new drivers.

If you have passed your test in the last 2 years, you are classed as a new driver. For new drivers, the penalty point limit is only 6 points, not 12. So, if you are a new driver and accrue 6 or more penalty points, your license will be revoked. You will have to pass a retest at the end of your ban before your driving license is returned to you.

How We Can Help You

Driving bans can be confusing and overwhelming. This area of law is complex and highly technical. Because of this, it may be difficult for you to challenge a ban in person.

Chris Rudd Solicitors can help to clear things up for you. We can advise you on what will happen. We can also guide you through the process of challenging the ban if that is what you wish to do.

If you do intend to challenge your ban, we recommend you seek advice from a solicitor with extensive knowledge of motoring offences. As mentioned previously, criminal prosecutions in this area of law can be very complex and confusing. Our skilled lawyers can advise and support you, throughout your entire case.

We can walk you through the following areas, where applicable, and make submissions at the Criminal trial should you instruct us to do so:

  • What your summons means.
  • Any defence you might be entitled to put forward.
  • Any mitigation you can put forward. Mitigation means those arguments you can put forward to lessen the sentence or reduce the severity of the ban. An example of this is Exceptional hardship We can advise you about whether this might give us a good chance of persuading the court that a ban should not be imposed in your case.

The possibility of a Totting up Ban should be taken very seriously as it can seriously impact your ability to hold down your job, or to manage your family life and social life.

We know what your driving licence means to you and what it might mean if you lose it. That is why Chris Rudd Solicitors is here to help. Find out how to get in touch below.

Get In Touch With Chris Rudd Solicitors

Here at Chris Rudd Solicitors we can give expert advice on penalty points and driving bans. So, if you think you could be at risk of receiving a totting up ban, get in touch. We will assist you in any way we can.

If you have already received your summons, the please contact us as soon as possible. That way, we can help prevent you from falling behind with what you need to do.

Or, you may want to appeal against your driving ban. In either case, we can guide you through the legal procedure.

Our friendly staff can offer 15 minutes free, no obligation initial advice. And, we will let you know if we believe we can help you.

So, if you’d like to discuss the penalty points on your license, or you’d like some legal advice, get in touch. Find out how we can help you today.

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