Points on your license can add up, ultimately leading to a driving ban. Of course if an offence is severe enough you may get banned anyway. However there are ways to avoid points and in this guide we will show you the options that are available to you.

Accept a short ban

This may seem strange – people often want to avoid points on their license so that they can carry on driving. However, in some cases it may be possible to get a shorter ban (14 days) rather than the points in order to avoid the six month ban that can happen as a result of building up points (usually around 12 points in a 3 year period.)

Plead exceptional circumstances

This is where you may have committed an offence but there were mitigating circumstances. For example, you may have been speeding to get your pregnant wife to a hospital or you were unaware that your insurance policy had been cancelled.

Complete a course

Another possibility would be to take a speed or traffic awareness course. This is often part of a punishment when it comes to speeding or traffic offenses. Furthermore, it is advisable anyway as it can help increase awareness and make your driving safer in the future.

Be wary

If you have completed a ban and commit an offence within 3 years the ban increases from 6 to 12 months and if you have 2 offences then it increases to 2 years. While it is possible to request the DVLA to remove points this can only be done for offences that were committed over 4 years ago.

It is also fair to say that in the most severe cases (such as drink driving or drinking while under the influence of drugs) a driving ban is likely to be a part of the punishment regardless of the amount of points you have.

No one size fits all

It is important to make clear that there is no “one size fits all” – in each case the circumstances of the particular offence will be taken into account (who else was involved, damage to the vehicles, whether or not you are a new driver, insurance etc).

This is why it is important to get a specialist legal representative who understands the system.

They can advise whether or not you can argue exceptional circumstances or plead for an alternative to points or whether in your case this is not appropriate.

At Larcomes we believe in being “big enough to specialise but small enough to care”. This means we have the resources to represent our clients but equally we have the ability to discuss the case in detail with them and help people to decide what they wish to do.

If you would like more information on a driving offence and whether or not you can get an alternative to points please contact us today and we will be happy to discuss the options available to you atorvastatin price.