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Totting Up Ban

Totting up is when you accrue 12 or more penalty points on your licence within a period of three years, usually as a result of three or more relatively minor offences. This leads to a mandatory disqualification from driving of at least six months, which can jeopardise your ability to make a living.

If you are worried about having too many points on your licence, our team of driving offence specialists at Lupton Fawcett can help you build a case for defence and prove exceptional hardship.

To speak to a lawyer about your totting up worries, call us on 0333 323 5292 or fill in our online form and we will get back to you. For immediate assistance, please get in touch with Meghan Waldron on 07469 859708 or Jeremy Scott on 07971 520407.

For more information on our fees, please click here to view our up-to-date schedule of costs.

About totting up

If a driver accumulates 12 points or more within a three-year time period then the courts will impose a minimum six-month driving ban. A ban may mean that you lose your job or ability to provide a livelihood, and this can seem extreme if you have only committed minor offences.

That’s why our solicitors will take a look at your circumstances to determine whether a disqualification decision will result in exceptional hardship.   

The penalties

Totting up disqualification periods are decided upon by how many previous bans you have had and are as follows:

  • Six months if you have not been banned previously
  • One year if you have been banned once before in the last three years
  • Two years if you have been banned more than once in the last three years

If you are a new driver (someone who has passed their test in the last two years) who has totted up 6 points or more on their licence, you will automatically have your licence revoked. This means you will have to pass your test again before you can drive.  

What is exceptional hardship?

It is the argument used to keep your licence if you can prove to a Court that a six-month driving ban will cause you or others exceptional hardship. Examples include:

  • You drive for a member of the family who has serious health problems
  • You are a senior manager and a disqualification will cause severe disruption to your employees
  • You work in a job that protects the public, such as the police, the fire brigade or the ambulance service

In some cases where a particularly strong argument has been brought forward, loss of employment can be a successful case of exceptional hardship.

Our services

To get the best results, you must create the strongest argument possible. The expert solicitors at Lupton Fawcett can help you do this and have years of experience doing so for other drivers. We will help you by:

  • Gathering evidence to prove exceptional hardship
  • Explaining complicated legal procedures
  • Providing expert representation in court
  • Being on hand to answer any questions and queries you might have

With offices in York, Sheffield and Leeds, we are able to help drivers across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.

For more information on our fees, please click here to view our up-to-date schedule of costs.

Contact us

To speak to a solicitor about a totting up offence, you can use the details below. However, if you require immediate assistance, please contact Meghan Waldron on 07469 859708 or Jeremy Scott on 07971 520407 directly.

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  • Pete Gunson

    I would just like to write a few lines on the service I have received. From the very outset, Meghan helped put me more at ease, by explaining the process in simple terms of which before, seemed like a very daunting task. She was very calm and professional during my interview, which helped as the policeman had little understanding of how the law works in these situations. Meghan looked through the case and really helped me through the next steps towards the court. I received very good advice at court. Meghan's knowledge of the law helped me achieve the result I needed to retain my license and be able to carry on with my busy life. My family, staff and I will be forever grateful, and I would not hesitate to recommend Meghan Waldron and Lupton Fawcett in the future.

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