In another example of our valuable guilty plea and mitigation service, our client from Gateshead faced a 6 month ban from driving after totting up too many points on her driving licence.
With a keen eye for detail, our caring lawyers listened to her personal circumstances, built a strong case and advocated on her behalf in Court about the disastrous consequences a 6 month ban would have on herself and those around her.
After the impassioned pleas from one of our specialist barristers, the Magistrates were persuaded to save her driving licence and imposed a sentence of NO BAN WHATSOEVER.
Our client was understandably very relieved and happy with the result.
When asked what she liked the best about our business, she said we were “very caring, supportive and fast”, stating that “this has been an excellent service from start to finish”.
If you are also facing the possible loss of your licence, we invite you to contact one of our specialist driving offence solicitors free of charge via our advice line on 0330 33 22 770. One of our qualified motoring law solicitors will listen to your situation, advise on your options and create a plan for saving your licence.
In a recent case, our client from South West London avoided a six months totting up ban, despite pleading guilty to a speeding offence which should have put him over the totting up threshold thanks to the specialist advice and case strategy deployed by Ashworth Motoring Law.
Our client explains:
“With six points already, my latest speeding offence meant I was looking at a six month ban and fine on a totting up basis. Ashworth’s argued successfully for a discretionary ban of 28 days and persuaded the Magistrates accordingly. Massive respect!”
When asked what he liked most about our business, he said:
“The quality of advice, excellent communication, efficient admin. The advice about referees was brilliant and influenced the Magistrates considerably. “
A.J. Chester from South West London.
If, like Mr Chester you’re facing the potential loss of your driving licence after committing a motoring offence such as speeding, all is not lost. Our expert motoring lawyers could be influential in saving your driving licence. Contact us today on 0330 33 22 770 to find out if your licence is one of the many that can be saved.
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.
The August bank holiday is almost upon us. Whilst we hope that you have a nice, relaxing weekend, our specialist motoring law solicitors will be on call day and night, including bank holiday Monday should you need our assistance.
If, over the August bank holiday weekend you need a…….
….. feel free to call our free motoring law legal advice line on 0330 33 22 770. Your call will be answered by one of our expert motoring lawyers who will support you, advise you on the law and guide you to the best possible outcome in your case. In most cases, a ban or even conviction can be avoided.
If you want to know whether your case is one of the many that can be defended, or need to speak to a specialist motoring law solicitor about avoiding a driving ban, then call 0330 33 22 770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t spend the bank holiday weekend with the worry of a motoring offence hanging over you. Call one of our specialist motoring law solicitors today.
Penalty point 101 – facts and information about the penalty points system:
Penalty points are the endorsements you get on your driving licence as punishment for committing a minor motoring offence. The penalty point system was put in place as a deterrent to motorists in a bid to encourage better behaviour on the roads. However many now argue that the increase of speed, traffic light and bus lane cameras suggests that the penalty point system has become more of a money making scheme for the government rather than about encouraging better behaviour as Parliament originally intended. Whatever the view, the results of falling fowl of the penalty point system can be drastic.
Incur too many penalty points and it could result in licence revocation (for drivers who accumulate six penalty points within their first two years of passing their practical test) or a six month disqualification from driving for more experienced drivers who reach the dreaded twelve point threshold.
Penalty points remain active (for totting up purposes) on your driving licence for three years. An application to the DVLA can be made after four years to remove them.
For sentencing purposes, when considering whether a person is going to reach the six point threshold (for new drivers) or the 12 month totting up threshold, it’s important to remember to count from the date of the oldest offence within the three year period to the date of the most recent offence. The date of conviction is inconsequential. All too often I come across motorists who ask me to get their hearing adjourned so that the old points will have dropped off their licence by the time the case gets to Court. This really does not work. It wouldn’t matter if the case was adjourned for ten years; the offences themselves would have still been committed within a three year period and the case would therefore proceed to a totting up/revocation hearing.
How to find out how many penalty points are on your driving licence
It’s always useful to know how many penalty points you have on your driving licence. Previously, a person’s paper counterpart held details of how many penalty points they had on their driving licence. That all changed in June 2015 when the counterpart driving licence was abolished.
Now, you can obtain an up-to-date snapshot of exactly how many penalty points are on your driving licence by visiting: www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence. Simply enter your driving licence number, national insurance number and postcode, and the current legal state of your licence will be displayed for you.
You never know, you may need to set that speed limiter or start using the speed camera detection function of your sat-nav once you get your results!
Article written by Expert Motoring Lawyer, Alison Ashworth; Managing Director of Ashworth Motoring Law Ltd.
Ashworth Motoring Law Ltd are specialists in defending all types of driving offences, and are experts in keeping motorists on the road when they face totting up or new driver revocation issues. If you would like expert advice and guidance regarding your case, call our free motoring law helpline on 0330 33 22 770 to speak to a specialist driving offence solicitor. Lines are open round the clock so get in touch whenever’s best for you. We look forward to taking your call.
Totting up too many penalty points on your driving licence is easy to do, but can be a very difficult situation to get out of. 12 penalty points on a driving licence can be disastrous, spelling a 6 months disqualification from driving.
Our latest client found himself in this situation but was able to keep his driving licence thanks to over a month of legal work on his case.
Mr White was represented by Ashworth Motoring Law Ltd, and was represented in Court by Expert Motoring Law Solicitor, Alison Ashworth.
We are proud and humbled by the testimonial which he has provided:
Speeding – Ban avoided!
“I would definitely recommend Alison to anyone who has motoring offence issues, she built up a strong case which concluded in the avoidance of a ban on the totting up procedure.
My case was based on the fact that I was about to receive a 3 point penalty which would take me to the automatic 12 point totting up total and a potential 6 month loss of my licence.
Alison built up a strong case based on references from my employer, a customer and a family member and the effect a driving ban would have on all parties – her statement to the magistrates definitely persuaded them that a ban would be severely detrimental and I have therefore retained my licence.
Alison was very professional throughout and I am happy with the result.
When asked what he liked the most about our business, he said “personal service and great attention to detail”
S. White from Rossendale.
We are delighted to have been able to help Mr White to keep his driving licence, and are truly proud and humbled by the kind words in his testimonial.
At Ashworth Motoring Law, our specialist totting up solicitors are experts in building and presenting strong cases to persuade the Court to keep drivers on the road when they tot up too many penalty points on their driving licence.
Preparing a totting up case is no easy feat, and to give the best chance of securing a phenomenal outcome, a significant amount of investigative work is required to prepare the groundwork of a successful argument.
If you are facing too many penalty points on your driving licence and need to avoid a totting up disqualification, call our local rate 24/7 motoring law helpline on 0330 33 22 770. You will speak to a specialist totting up solicitor who can advise you on your case, and give you the best chance of keeping your driving licence.