Motoring Offences

Exceptional Hardship and Totting Up

Exceptional Hardship and Totting Up

If you are facing the prospect of receiving 12 points on your driving licence over a three year period (totting up) the court will disqualify you from driving for a minimum of 6 months. Unless you can convince the court that you will suffer exceptional hardship.

What is exceptional hardship and totting up?

A court does not have to disqualify, or can disqualify you for less than the normal six months, if it is satisfied that you will suffer exceptional hardship. This is for the driver to prove, and there is little guidance as to what should be considered. Hardship is not sufficient, so the loss of a job in itself might not be enough to persuade a court.

It is essential that you seek our advice if you face a potential penalty points disqualification. We have years of experience of knowing which arguments work and just as importantly of how to argue them.

How do you prove exceptional hardship?

We can work together with you to prepare a case of exceptional hardship. We are also able to represent you in court to ensure you have the best possible chance of keeping your driving licence.

Will I keep my licence?

If the Court is satisfied that you would suffer exceptional hardship as a result of the totting up ban. Then the Court has the discretion to either reduce the period of disqualification or to not impose a disqualification at all. However insufficient evidence will result in a totting up ban.

What can we do?

To avoid a totting up disqualification we can look at your case. If you have a case for arguing exceptional hardship we can help prepare your case properly and represent you in court. Giving you the best possible chance of avoiding a totting up ban.

We have years of experience in preparing Exceptional Hardship Arguments and have successfully saved thousands of our clients driving licences over the years.

For further information or to speak with one of our team call 0845 601 2664.

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