Penalty Points Totting Up

When a driver accumulates 12 penalty points within a 3 year period the totting up procedure is engaged. Under these circumstances, Court guidelines state that a disqualification from driving should be imposed for at least 6 months.

Although the totting up procedure disqualification is viewed as compulsory, the court does have powers of discretion. To avoid a driving ban, the Court could be persuaded that the defendant’s circumstances would mean that a totting up disqualification would amount to exceptional hardship.

Proving exceptional hardship is not simple. Kings Cross Barristers will be able to assist you in court in demonstrating that there would be exceptional hardship if you were disqualified from driving and our experienced traffic law barrister can advocate on your behalf in court.

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