The team at Dodds Solicitors share all you need to know about motoring matters with DLUXE Leicestershire.
Many people receive paperwork through the post having allegedly committed a road traffic offence such as speeding and do not know how to deal with it. We can assist you.
We would strongly advise that any response is sent special delivery or signed for and that you keep a copy for your records and a copy of the confirmation that it has been signed for.
If you are then asked to attend Court this is either because you are denying the offence, or having admitted it, the Court are considering disqualifying you from driving. The Court will consider disqualification if the case is so serious that a disqualification may be necessary or where you had a number of penalty points on your licence at the time of the new offence and the Court are considering disqualifying you as a “totter”. A “totter” is a person who has accumulated 12 or more penalty points within the last 3 years. If you are disqualified as a “totter” this will be for 6 months, unless you have been disqualified in this manner before. In order to persuade against such a disqualification an argument of exceptional hardship can be put forward. This can only relate to your personal circumstances and not any circumstances relating to the offence.
If an exceptional hardship argument is successful the Court has the option of still disqualifying you, but for a shorter period, or they can agree not to disqualify you at all, although penalty points are still endorsed on the licence. You may be driving around with a large number of penalty points and so any further motoring offence is likely to lead to a driving disqualification. The reasons put forward to argue exceptional hardship cannot be used again during the next three years, although different reasons that amount to exceptional hardship can be argued.
A separate argument can be formulated relating to the circumstances of an offence, called special reasons. This is argued in cases where the offence is accepted but there was a special reason for you driving, such as an emergency. Certain conditions have to be met in order for special reasons to be found. If special reasons are found this often results in either no disqualification or no penalty points being imposed and a more lenient sentence.
For both arguments, there is case law which will need to be considered.
For new drivers, those who have only passed their test in the last two years, there are additional rules which can lead them to revert back to having a provisional driving licence only.