Reducing Driving Ban
There is a specific provision under the Road Traffic Offenders Act which enables a person in certain circumstances to reduce a driving disqualification.
If a person has had a driving ban for 3 years then they can make an application for removal of the driving ban after 2 years has been served. For any driving ban in excess of 3 years then an application can be made after half of the ban has been served. This actually means that a person with a 4 year ban can apply to remove the ban after 2 years just like if the ban had been initially for 3 years!
We recently represented a client who had received a 3 year driving ban for a second conviction for drink driving within a 10 year period. Since the date of the ban he had failed to secure any meaningful employment and had suffered real financial hardship. He had a young family with significant financial obligations. Having served 2 out of the 3 years he obtained an offer of a good job provided he got the driving ban removed. We successfully persuaded the magistrates that this was a suitable case for removing the ban. Our client is now back-on-the-road and in full time employment!
Reducing Driving Ban Application
Please note that the application has to be lodged with the Magistrates Court that imposed the driving disqualification. The application can be made before the 2 years is up but will not be heard by the Court until 2 years has been served.
The Court will consider the circumstances of the original offence, the behaviour of the person since the date of the driving disqualification and, most importantly, the reason for wanting the driving ban removed.
Reducing Driving Ban Instruction
Once instructed, a number of telephone conferences will be arranged so that your full and detailed instructions can be taken prior to the Court hearing. We deal with all the official Court paperwork on your behalf, prepare the case fully and represent you at Court.
If the driving disqualification has been imposed for an offence of dangerous driving then the Court will also have ordered a compulsory re-test. The application can still be made for early removal of the driving ban not withstanding the fact that compulsory re-test still has to be taken. The procedure is that the application is made and if granted a notification will be sent by the Court to the DVLA (licensing authority) indicating that the ban has now been removed. You will then be in a position to take the compulsory re-test. Once this has been taken, the licence will be issued and provided insurance documents etc. are in order you are able to recommence driving.
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