I Did not Apply For My Licence Back After A Driving Ban

Question:

On Saturday x in my home town x, I was caught speeding at 41mph in a 30 mph road by a police officer using a speed gun. I accepted the fine of £60.00 and the 3 points. The officer asked me if I had any offences and I replied I received a driving ban in x for three years for being over the drink drive limit.

He asked me for my licence and I explained I didn’t have it on me, as I just decided to go out to the museum on a whim. I have sciatica and rarely drive nowadays. I’ve also been off work for 12 months. He asked me to produce my licence within 7 days to my local police station and I thought nothing of it.

It was only when I got home and told my wife the story that I realised my offence was more serious, as I have never had my licence returned. I applied for one online in x, mainly for ID purposes, but haven’t yet filled out the form, as in my ignorance, I never attached much importance to the matter.

Now I’m petrified of the outcome. I’m planning to visit the police station on Wednesday to explain my stupidity.

I hope you can advise me on my best course of action.

Paula Says:

Don’t panic.

If you were not ordered to sit a retest when you were banned – then the offence is not that serious. It would be driving not in accordance with a licence which carries a fine and sometimes 3 points if your entitlement to drive has been removed.

If you were ordered to sit a retest after your driving ban then it would be more serious.

Tell me more.



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