If you are a new driver and passed your driving test less than two years before the offence you are faced with now, you need to take your next steps very carefully. If a driver amasses as many as six points on his licence within the first two years of passing his driving test, he faces immediate revocation of his licence.
This two-year period is known as the ‘probationary period’ and applies from when the new driver passes his or her test (not when he or she receives the actual licence, which can be later). It only applies to new drivers who pass their first test on or after 1 June 1997.
If a new driver receives penalty points that take him to six or more penalty points within the ‘probationary period’, the magistrates have no alternative but to order that his licence should be revoked.
A new driver cannot present ‘exceptional hardship’ arguments as the decision to revoke his licence has nothing to do with the court but rests in the hands of the DVLA and, ultimately, the Secretary of State. You are entitled to appeal against the conviction that led to revocation but you cannot appeal against the revocation itself. If you decide to appeal against conviction, it is possible for your licence to be restored pending appeal.
Special Tactics Employed By The Geoffrey Miller Team
Our job is to work out your objectives and once we have agreed them with you, to do our best to achieve the right outcome. With New Drivers, we can often seek a driving ban instead of points. This would mean that even though you are banned, you would not have to start all over again and take your test. We have achieved this outcome for many clients successfully. Take a look at the case of Timonthy Richardson featured as one of our "ref me" volunteers.
Guidance For Supervisors of Provisional Drivers
If you are in the process of teaching a provisional driver to drive, be sure to check out Miss Justice's blogpost all about the rules applicable to supervising a learner driver.
Not Sure What to Do?
Most people who get in touch with our team of motor offence expert solicitors are uncertain of their options. They are unaware of any legal defences that may be available and find it difficult to believe that it might be possible to defend the motoring offence they face by using loopholes that apply to the rich and famous! We do represent celebrities but we also represent many hardworking motorists like Brian and we want to help you make the right choice about what you do next.
We are always more than happy to chat things through with potential clients Free of Charge. Call us now on Freephone 0800 085 2784 to speak to one of our specialist motoring offence solicitors. It is only once you decide to instruct us that payment will become necessary and we can often arrange instalment plans to assist you. Many satisfied clients have thanked us for offering this free consultation service as it has prevented them from following inaccurate non-expert advice which could have led to them accepting a driving ban unnecessarily.
If you would like to spend more time browsing on the site before you get in touch, make sure you have a look at our specialist motor offence guidance features such as our penalty calculator which will help you to determine the penalty you may face if convicted and our money saving calculator which helps to outline some of the hidden costs of accepting a conviction.
We think we are simply the best in the business but if you are not satisfied in taking our word for it, our unique “ref me” testimonials scheme allows you to contact previous clients of the firm to seek a completely independent reference about us and what we might be able to do for you.