There are three ways to get a disqualification:
1. Mandatory, the court has no option.
2. Discretionary, the court has an option to disqualify.
3. Totting up procedure.
If you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of three years, you’ll be liable to be disqualified under the 'totting-up' system.
Generally, you can be disqualified from driving for:
To get your licence back after being disqualified you must apply for a new licence, even if your old licence has not run out
There are two ways to escape disqualification:
1. Exceptional Hardship – speak to your legal representative.
2. Special reasons - this is a highly complex area.
Section 34(1) RTOA reads in part:
the Court must order him to be disqualified unless the Court for special reasons thinks fit to order him to be disqualified for a shorter period, or not to
order him to be disqualified.
An application can be made to the court to remove the period of disqualification before the period is over; if you have been disqualified:
You apply in writing to the court that disqualified you, giving date of offence, date of conviction and any other information to justify your request. If successful, the court will notify DVLA of the
decision. You can then apply to renew your driving licence.
If you’re disqualified for some alcohol related offences, DVLA, (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) will make medical enquiries before your driving licence can be renewed.
These offences are:
As well as paying a higher fee to renew your driving licence, you may also have to attend and pay for a medical examination.
Short period disqualification (SPD)