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
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.
It’s less than one week since Pokemon Go went live in the UK, and it’s already causing havoc on our roads.
There’ve been reports of gamers walking into the middle of roads to catch Pokemon, motorways clogged due to drivers abandoning their cars to play Pokemon battles, and now people are now attempting to catch Pokemon whilst driving.
Whilst we’re sure you don’t need an expert in motoring law to tell you that this is clearly illegal, here are some of the potential consequences you’d face if caught doing this by the police.
- 3 points and a fine for using a mobile telephone, or tablet, or any other form of interactive communication device used to play the game whilst driving.
- 3 – 9 Penalty points or a ban for careless or inconsiderate driving if playing the game causes your standard of driving to fall below that which is expected of a competent driver or if you failed to show reasonable consideration for other pedestrians or vehicles.
- A minimum 12 month disqualification from driving and possible prison sentence for dangerous driving if your standard of driving falls far below the standard expected of a competent driver; and It would be obvious to a competent driver that the manner of your driving would be dangerous. We think that any competent driver would conclude that playing Pokemon whilst driving would be dangerous!
The above legal consequences are of course nothing in comparison to the very real physical dangers that doing something so distracting whilst behind the wheel of a car would present to you and other motorists and pedestrians using the road.
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Article written by Expert Motoring Lawyer, Alison Ashworth; Managing Director of Ashworth Motoring Law Ltd.
The specialist Driving Offence Solicitors at Ashworth Motoring Law are experts in defending all types of Motoring Offence. From totting up, using a mobile phone whilst driving to drug driving, our Specialist Motoring Lawyers can help. If you have been charged with Driving Offence and would like to speak to a specialist Motoring Law solicitor about your case, call 0330 33 22 770 for free initial advice or email firstname.lastname@example.org.