Today 12 June 2019, Nick Knowles appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court to answer charges of Speeding and using a Mobile Phone whilst driving. After entering a guilty plea he was sentenced to a six months disqualification from driving.
Likewise, back in May 2019, David Beckham received a six months disqualification from driving after totting up twelve points following a Mobile Phone offence and two earlier Speeding offences.
Both celebs fell fowl of the totting up provisions which state that a person should be disqualified from driving for six months if they incur twelve penalty points on their driving licence within a three-year period.
Is a Driving Ban Inevitable Once Twelve Points Are Reached?
The short answer is “NO”. We have represented countless motorists who have driven away from Court despite having twelve or more points endorsed onto their driving licence.
The law allows a discretion for cases where the usual six months totting up ban would cause difficulties for the motorist and those around them (exceptional hardship). Circumstances which have amounted to exceptional hardship for our clients in the past include driving “thousands of miles a year up and down the Country for work” as highlighted by Nick Knowles in relation to his case today, and those who drive their children to and from school as was the case for David Beckham earlier this year.
The circumstances which could amount to exceptional hardship are countless and are as unique as the particular details of any given case.
At Ashworth Motoring Law, we’ve successfully saved the driving licences of many who have thought that all was lost, especially after being told by other law firms that there was nothing that could be done.
If you’re at risk of losing your licence as a result of totting up, feel free to browse the relevant sections of our website for legal advice on how to avoid a driving ban or call one of our specialist motoring law solicitors today on 0330 33 22 770.