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‘Totting up’ of penalty points

Most motoring offences carry with them penalty points ranging from 2 to 9, depending on the seriousness of the offence. The term ‘Totting Up’ contact usis used to describe the situation when someone reaches the level of 12 penalty points gained through a number of separate offences over a period of time.

English law states that anyone who reaches the level of 12 penalty points in a period of 3 years will receive an automatic disqualification of 6 months. If you have already had a previous disqualification then the ban may be extended to either 1 or 2 years.

Can I avoid a driving ban for ‘Totting Up’?

In some cases it is possible to avoid a disqualification from driving due to ‘Totting up’. Your solicitor must show the Court that a driving ban would lead to you or your family suffering ‘exceptional hardship’ as a result of the penalty being imposed. If the Court can be convinced of this then you may be spared a ban or receive a lesser penalty.

Showing ‘exceptional hardship’ is more complex than simply showing that losing your job would be a problem. The imposition of a driving ban is a penalty and is therefore meant to cause some level of hardship. An experienced solicitor may be able to show that the level of hardship would, in your case, be so exceptional that it should be avoided.

Do I require a solicitor for ‘Totting Up’?

Some people choose to represent themselves in Court to try and save money on legal fees. This is almost always a mistake. The Courts have heard every excuse that exists for motoring offences and will not be impressed by someone with little or no understanding of the law trying to defend themselves.

A specialist motoring offences solicitor with knowledge and experience of the law will offer you the best chance of achieving a favourable outcome in your case.

Contact us to speak to one of our solicitors who will assess your case and advise you on a possible defence.