Driving equates to freedom and to have that freedom taken away under any circumstances can have negative repercussions upon the quality of your life. Your work may have been affected by your disqualification and your family life may have suffered. We fully understand that a driving ban is a serious inconvenience.
Section 42 of The Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 allows drivers the right to apply to the court that disqualified them to request the early removal of their disqualification.
If you have been disqualified from driving you can apply to have the disqualification removed within the following timescales:
• 2 years if the disqualification is less than 4 years
• Half of the period of disqualification if the disqualification was for less than 10 years and more than 4 years
• 5 years if the disqualification period was for 10 years or more
N.B. It is not possible to have a disqualification removed when an extended re-test has been imposed as a penalty
Satisfying the criteria above is the first step in the process of having your disqualification removed. Assuming enough time has passed you are legally able to apply for the early removal of your disqualification. At Hammond Trotter Solicitors we can help you achieve this at the earliest possible opportunity. An application has to be made to the magistrates court that disqualified you, where the following will be considered:
• Your conduct since the initial disqualification
• The circumstances surrounding the offence for which you were disqualified
• Any relevant information pertaining to your reason for requesting the early removal of your disqualification
Additional relevant information could include caring for a sick relative, having a formal offer of employment that requires a driving licence (particularly if you are currently out of work) or need to be able to assist in the transport of an immobile member of your family. We can advise you on your options and the best way to process given your circumstances.
The importance of legal advice
Persuading a court that you deserve to have your licence reinstated can be a nerve racking and challenging experience, and having an experienced solicitor on your side, guiding you through the process, is both wise and reassuring. At Hammond Trotter Solicitors we are highly familiar with this aspect of road traffic law and specialise in driving defences. We can help you to get back on the road quickly and efficiently without fuss, please feel free to call us and we can start helping you out immediately.