Disqualification From Driving

For many people being disqualified from driving is unimaginable. Unfortunately however, there are a number of ways in which you can lose your driving licence. At Fosters solicitors we appreciate the significance of this and the importance of retaining a driving licence, for personal or business reasons.

"Totting Up"

As a full licence holder, if you accrue 12 or more penalty points in any three year period you would be disqualified under the totting provisions. The disqualification would be for a minimum period of six months. In some circumstances it is possible to persuade the Court that you, you, or a third party would suffer exceptional hardship as a result. If this is achieved the Court can exercise its discretion to impose a shorter disqualification, or no disqualification at all. Our Lawyers are able to advise you whether this argument is available to you, and if it is, to present the argument to the Court on your behalf.


A number of offences carry an outright disqualification. These include Drink Driving, Dangerous Driving and Failing to Provide a Sample. In all cases our Lawyers will carefully analyse the evidence, and advise you on your plea.

In relation to some cases, including Drink Driving, and Failing to Provide a Sample, it may be that special reasons could be advanced in your case. If found, this would mean that you although you may technically be guilty of the offence, you would not be disqualified.

Early Return Of Driving Licence

If you have been disqualified from driving it may be that you are able to apply for your driving licence to be returned early. Our Solicitors will be able to advise you whether this applies to you, and if so, how to make the necessary application.

Young Drivers

For two years from the date a driver passes their test, they are subject to the probationary driver provisions. This means that in addition to the normal powers of a Court to impose Penalty Points or a Disqualification, there are additional powers for the DVLA to revoke a driving licence. See our Young Drivers page for more information.

Contacting Us

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