9 – 12 Points On Licence?
Totting Up Points Bans
Totting Up Points Offence Code: TT99
TT99 stays on your licence for 4 years from the date of conviction.
A penalty point ban is often called a ‘totting up‘ points ban and is where, under Section 35 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act, you are disqualified from driving for accumulating 12 penalty points on licence within a 3 year period.
The 3 year period is measured from the date of the offences, not the date of conviction or sentencing. If you amass 12 points on licence, you are liable for a 6 month driving disqualification.
Totting Up Defences
Three Ways to Avoid a Totting Up / Points Ban
There are three ways you can defend a totting up ban once you have 12 points. You can either;
1. Defend the allegation made against you
2. Argue Special Reasons in order to persuade the court not to give you points on licence in the first place.
3. Persuade the court that there are circumstances to allow them not to impose a driving disqualification, or for you to be banned from driving for a shorter period, normally by making an exceptional hardship argument.
There is no precise definition of what amounts to exceptional hardship. Magistrates are instructed that they need to find that in your circumstances, a 6 month driving ban (for accumulating 12 points in a 36 month period) would cause exceptional hardship if it were imposed.
The burden of proving exceptional hardship is on the driver making the argument. You have to prove it on the balance of probabilities – which means you have to prove it is more likely that not that exceptional hardship would be suffered.
The Magistrates can agree not to disqualify your driving licence if they find exceptional hardship, or they can impose a reduced driving ban. If you get a reduced ban then all the penalty points that led to the ban (albeit reduced) are wiped clean.
This maybe a good result and it’s something we sometimes ask for when someone is facing having a huge number of points (12 points or more) on their licence for a long time if they avoid a driving disqualification altogether.
You are only permitted to use the same exceptional hardship grounds once in 3 years. Therefore if you find yourself back in the same situation again (with enough points to trigger a ban) within 3 years you cannot make an argument on the same grounds that you used on a previous occasion.
To make a valid hardship argument you will need to give your evidence under oath as well as providing documentary evidence to support your argument.
The Court Clerk will enter your grounds into the Court Register. This provides a record to the Court so that your argument can’t be used again for the next 36 months.
Frequently Asked Totting Up Points Questions:
How to Appeal a Points Ban
While there is no set exceptional hardship definition, Magistrates usually look at the impact of a disqualification for collecting 12 penalty points or more on those who rely upon you.
Because you have accumulated 12 points within a 3 year period, they will probably form the opinion that you deserve to be banned, and that your punishment will inevitably involve some hardship on your part.
Normally magistrates are more inclined to consider the impact that your licence disqualification is going to have on people who rely upon you because those people haven’t themselves committed an offence.
Our latest success rates for 12 point totting up bans;
90% of our clients avoid a totting ban when we represent them.
National statistics suggest that only 39% of people who represent themselves for totting up points offences avoid being banned from driving.
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