Exceptional Hardship & Collecting 12 Penalty Points, We are Expert Exceptional Hardship Solicitors
Legally, if a motorist collects 12 or more penalty points on their licence within a three-year period (starting from the offence date), they will be required to appear before the Magistrates’ Court and a minimum 6-month driving ban will be imposed, also known as a ‘totting up’ disqualification. If the motorist in question has previously (within the last 3 years, or 2 years if they have 2 previous disqualifications) been disqualified from driving for 56 days or more, then the minimum ban is 12 months.
If you are in this position, it is possible that you can apply to the court not to be disqualified from driving on the grounds of ‘exceptional hardship’, which is generally best understood to mean ‘real hardship’. Typically, this will involve genuine hardship to the motorist themselves, or third parties who would be affected by the driving ban.
Loss of employment
Loss of housing
Inability to provide care to a loved one
Risk of redundancy
Courts will often be doubtful of applications for exceptional hardship and tend to investigate all such requests. Therefore, it is crucial that any application is rigorously prepared and presented, and sufficient supporting evidence is provided.
We are specialists in exceptional hardship applications, and we appreciate that losing your driving licence can have significant and damaging consequences on your work and personal life. Our record for successfully arguing exceptional hardship is exemplary, and we have been able to avoid disqualification for many of our clients. If you are unsure about whether you might ‘tot up’ 12 penalty points as the result of an offence, get in touch with us today to receive professional advice and a no obligation consultation.