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Losing your Drivers Licence
You can lose your driving licence or be disqualified for a period of time because the magistrates or crown court believe the offence was serious enough. You can be disqualified because you’re found guilty of an offence that carries an automatic disqualification. You can also lose your licence because of multiple points for offences such as speeding.
Points stay on your driver record for a set period of time if you get a fixed penalty or for however long magistrates decide. If you get a maximum of 12 points on your licence in 3 years, you lose it for at least 6 months. However, if you’ve previously been disqualified in the last three years, the disqualification lasts longer.
The only chance you have of avoiding disqualification is when mitigating circumstances would lead to serious and exceptional hardship. If you’re in this situation, find a solicitor to argue your case.
If you’re disqualified for more than 56 days, your licence is revoked, and you have to reapply for a new licence from the DVLA. You don’t get your licence back automatically. You may even have to sit your test again or take a medical if the magistrates think that you’re high risk because of alcohol abuse.
If the court decides that you should be disqualified, the ban applies immediately, and you’ll have to take the bus home from court. If you’re caught driving while you’re banned, you may well go to prison.
If you’re banned from driving for more than two years, you can apply to the court to have the ban lifted early. You have to convince the magistrates that you’re a reformed character. If the ban is for less than four years, you can apply after two years; if it’s for longer, you can apply when half the period has expired or after five years – whichever is shorter. If you’re turned down, you can apply again in three months.