For the first two years of driving, a driver is known as a new or ‘probationary’ driver. The law treats new drivers differently. During the probationary period, should a driver obtain six or more penalty points their driving licence will be revoked by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

New drivers are often young drivers, who lack driving experience. The areas of law which most commonly affect new drivers include, driving without due care and attention, failing to stop or report an accident, and speeding. Any of these offences could lead to an outright disqualification or penalty points being imposed.

The consequences

Some offences carry mandatory disqualification, whether or not the driver is a new driver. These include drink driving and dangerous driving.

A new driver who accrues six or more points, and has their licence revoked, will revert to a learner driver status. There is also the likelihood of an increase in insurance premiums.

A driving disqualification would mean that the driver would be committing a serious offence should they drive any mechanically propelled motor vehicle in England and Wales. The commission of this offence often leads to a sentence of imprisonment.

Loss of a driving licence can have wide ranging consequences for a new driver, including not being able to get to college or employment, and the loss of independence. New drivers are also less likely to have the experience or knowledge to know how to try and save their driving licence. It is therefore essential to ensure the best possible advice is received.

Our Motoring team are expert in supporting new drivers through the variety of motoring offences.

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