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Exceptional Hardship – 12 or more points


The law states that a driver will be disqualified from driving for a period of 6 months if he or she receives 12 or more penalty points within the last 3 years. It is commonly known as a 'totting up' disqualification.

There is an argument we can prepare and present on your behalf to the court called 'exceptional hardship.'

In these circumstances, our team can help you keep you driving.

Exceptional Hardship

We have a high success rate in exceptional hardship applications, which are made in the Magistrates' Court. Our specialist solicitor Craig Tipper has years of experience representing clients facing disqualification in courts nationwide. 

We understand the prospect of losing your ability to drive can cause stress and anxiety. Most cases we deal with will involve consequences such as losing your employment, losing your home, caring for a dependant adult/child or disability. The Court will consider hardship not just affecting the driver, but their family and loved ones.

To discuss your case further, we offer a free 30-minute consultation with our expert who will offer practical advice. 

The Law:

Section 35 Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988

Disqualification for repeated offences.


(a)a person is convicted of an offence, and

(b)the penalty points to be taken into account on that occasion number twelve or more,

the court must order him to be disqualified for not less than the minimum period unless the court is satisfied, having regard to all the circumstances, that there are grounds for mitigating the normal consequences of the conviction and thinks fit to order him to be disqualified for a shorter period or not to order him to be disqualified.

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Our Exceptional Hardship team

Craig Tipper

Craig Tipper
Office: Basildon

Laura Carr

Laura Carr
Office: Ongar

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