Driving Disqualification


A driving disqualification can be imposed on one of three distinct sets of circumstances:

  • The disqualification arises due to a motorist incurring twelve or more penalty points on their licence
  • An offence calls for a mandatory disqualification. Certain offences require a court to disqualify a motorist from driving for a minimum period of time. Such offences include driving with excess alcohol or drug driving, failing to provide a specimen of breath or dangerous driving.
  • The court has a discretion to impose a disqualification. Any offence where the court can endorse penalty points upon a driving licence will also give the court the power to use its discretion to impose a driving ban instead.

There are circumstances, however, which may mean that a disqualification is not inevitable in each of these circumstances.

There may be several ways in which, with the benefit of sensible and considered legal advice from one of our experienced road traffic lawyers, combined with specialist and highly skilled representation, that a driving ban can be avoided or at least reduced.

Read more about avoiding a totting up disqualification here.


Read more about avoiding a discretionary or mandatory disqualification here.


Read about an argument for special reasons here.

We will always investigate the circumstances of your case and see whether legal aid is available for your free representation in your motoring law case before the Magistrates’ Court.  You can read more about the legal aid scheme here.

If you are not eligible than we will provide representation in your road traffic case for a fixed fee.  This will allow you to know about and budget for the cost of your legal fees.  You can read about these fees here.

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