Turned The Wrong Way – Avoiding Penalty Points

Question:

I would like to ask for your advice on the below issue.

The incident happened on x at the corner of x and x (London ).

Despite of the sign ‘one way’ (green arrow to straight ahead), I turned left from Great Windmill St. I was caught on the spot and admit my mistake, too. I also accepted the fixed penalty (please see the attached document).

I wonder if there is any way to avoid the penalty points on my driving licence without going to the court. This was the first incident I had since I drive in the UK (for 4 years now); my job is related to driving on a daily basis therefore I would appreciate your suggestion / advice to prevent any additional penalty.

Dominic Says:

I’m afraid if you accept the offence then there is no way to avoid the points. Even if you take it to court you will still get the points -they are obligatory if you are convicted by the court. The only way you would stand a chance is if you turned left in the context of an emergency. You would then have to argue special reasons at court by giving evidence on oath – which is not easy.



About Dominic Smith

With a comprehensive knowledge of Uk motoring law, Dominic is an invaluable member of the Patterson Law team his specialist areas include; - drink-driving - failing to name driver - failing to stop - failing to report - special reasons arguments
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