'Totting Up'

Golden Scales Of Justice Gavel And BooksDue to the totting up rule, any driver can be disqualified from driving if they receive 12 points on their licence within three years. The three year period begins from the date of the first offence, rather than of the first conviction (in court). Should this happen, you will be disqualified from driving for at least six months. Following this disqualification, all penalty points are cancelled.

Even if you have accumulated 12 points on your licence, it is possible to not be disqualified from driving. If you were able to convince the court that a driving ban would cause you ‘exceptional hardship’, then a ban may not be enforced. ‘Exceptional hardship’ may consist of losing your job as a result of not being able to drive, or not being able to see important family members.

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