Totting up bans

Totting up ban


If you are facing a driving disqualification as a result of totting up 12 or more points you’ll need the help of an expert Totting Up Solicitor to help you fight the potential driving ban. Whether you are local to our Leeds, Sheffield or York offices, or live elsewhere in the UK, our experienced lawyers can help.

Totting Up Driving Ban Solicitors

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 solicitors 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 07971 520407 or fill in the enquiry form on this page and we will get back to you. For immediate assistance, please call us on our 24/7 mobile number 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.

How we can help


To speak to a solicitor about a totting up offence, fill out the enquiry form on this page. However, if you require immediate assistance, please call us on our 24/7 mobile number on 07971 520407

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