Passing the driving test for the first time ia always a cause for celebration, but at the Ringrose Law Motoring Defence Team we are often asked about the provisions for new drivers.

A person is a new driver for 2 years after they passed their test. If during this time they accumulate six penalty points or more on their driving licence, then the driving licence will be revoked. This is not done by a court, but by DVLA and will happen automatically to any new driver who gets six points. Anyone who finds themselves in this position will have to retake their driving test, theory test also, before they can drive again.

Is there any way to avoid the revocation?

There are options available. You could decline a fixed penalty, plead not guilty and then defend the case. If the court agrees that you are not guilty then you will be acquitted. For some, if not most, clients this will be the wrong approach, as it will only add to the costs of defending themselves, but if that is the best approach then we will advise you of this.

For most people, the evidence against them will be strong and pleading not guilty will not be the best approach as it will only result in a huge bill. There is an alternative. If, for example, you face a second fixed penalty for speeding, then you will end up with six points and then have your licence revoked. You could instead ask for a court hearing by declining the fixed penalty offer. The court would have the power to disqualify you for the actual offence. The ban would be for a matter of weeks, much less than the time it would take to retake the driving test, and you would then be off road for a significantly shorter period.

At the Ringrose Law Motoring Defence Team, we aim to keep all our clients, including new drivers, on the road. Do not hesitate to give us a ring or contact us at one of our offices in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, North Hykeham, Sleaford, Spalding and Newark.

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