Totting up driving ban solicitors
Being banned from driving can cause serious difficulties for people who rely on their cars to get around. Our totting up driving ban solicitors can help you present a comprehensive defence which minimises or even eliminates any ban you’re facing.
What is a totting up ban?
A totting up ban is a driving ban resulting from getting 12 points on your driving licence in a three-year period. Alternatively, receiving 6 points in your first two years of driving will result in your licence being revoked as a result of ‘totting up’, as outlined in the Road Traffic Act 1988.
You can be issued with penalty points for a range of offences, including:
- Speeding offences – 3 to 6 points
- Drink driving - 3 to 11 points
- Drug driving – 3 to 11 points
- Using a mobile phone while driving – 3 to 6 points
- Using a vehicle with defective brakes, tyres or steering – 3 points
With most offences starting with a penalty of at least 3 points on your licence, it doesn’t take long for points to add up over a three-year period, resulting in you being at risk of being issued with a driving ban.
For a full list of driving offences and their potential punishments, see the gov.uk website.
What are the penalties for getting 12 points on your licence?
Upon receiving 12 points, the courts will automatically issue you with a driving ban, the length of which will depend on your driving history. This is regardless of the severity of the offence which resulted in you getting 12 points. Currently, your minimum ban will be:
- Six months is the standard ban for a first-time offender
- One year is the minimum ban for any who has received one driving disqualification of at least 56 days in the last three years
- Two-year minimum bans will be issued to anyone who has received more than one driving ban of at least 56 days in the last three years
Any driving ban over 56 days requires you to reapply for your licence upon completion, adding additional difficulty and making a strong defence even more important.
Totting up bans can only be imposed at a court hearing, giving you the opportunity to compile a defence before being issued with a ban. Instructing experienced, knowledgeable solicitors as early as possible in the process will play a vital role in reducing the severity of your punishment.
Driving ban exceptional hardship claims
To avoid a totting up ban, you will be required to demonstrate to the court that any disqualification would cause exceptional hardship to you and others.
Successfully making an exceptional hardship claim can be much more difficult than it may initially appear. The courts are reluctant to lay down strict rules on what constitutes exceptional hardship, rather than ordinary hardship or mitigating factors, making a well-argued case vital.
For example, losing your job as a result of a driving disqualification will not typically count as exceptional hardship and will not result in a successful appeal. Being able to demonstrate a significant negative impact on third-parties (such as being unable to provide for your children) should you lose your job, however, may fall under exceptional hardship and help you avoid a ban.
It is also important to note that exceptional hardship claims can also only be made once every three years, anyone facing a ban should be aware of this.
How we can help
Our team of driving ban solicitors has significant experience helping people facing a totting up ban. We take the time to get to know your case inside-out, assessing all relevant factors before assembling a comprehensive defence designed to achieve the best-possible outcome.
We understand legal issues don’t always occur at convenient times, which is why we’re available to help 24/7/365. We know how important your case is to you, and always endeavour to keep you up-to-date with all developments, letting you know exactly where you stand throughout.
Call us today on +44 (0)161 452 7679 for a free, no obligation discussion of your case. Alternatively, request a call back from a member of our team by filling in our contact form.