In this “Quick Guide” we will take you through the law, punishment and the defence for new drivers who are in danger of losing their driving licence for committing an offence during their first 2 years as a driver, which is known as New Driver Revocation.
In accordance with The Road Traffic (New Drivers Act) 1995, a motorist that passes their driving test (Practical & Theory Test) will be classed as a ‘New Driver’ for a period of 2 years. ‘New Drivers’ are subject to a probationary period during the first 2 years after receiving a Full Driving Licence.
If a New Driver accumulates 6 or more penalty points within this two-year probationary period, they will have their Driving Licence Automatically Revoked by the DVLA.
What are the penalties for New Driver Revocation?
If you are a new driver and accumulate 6 or more penalty points on your driving licence within 2 years of receiving your full licence, the DVLA will revoke your licence.
If you want to continue to drive, you will need to re-apply for a provisional driving licence, once you have this you will then need to pass the theory and practical driving test again.
When will I require legal representation?
If you are a new driver and are at risk of accumulating 6 or more penalty points on your driving licence, you would benefit from appointing a specialist motoring offence solicitor to assess your case and advise you on how to proceed.
Things our solicitors look out for in New Driver Revocation cases
When we are appointed to advise and represent new drivers facing a DVLA revocation our lawyers look for:
- Whether the prosecution was brought within time
- What evidence the Police has to prove that the offence has been committed
- Procedural errors with the Prosecution evidence
- Whether the Court can impose less than 6 points for the offence(s)
- Whether the Court would impose a short driving ban rather than Penalty Points, as this can avoid a DVLA licence revocation
- Whether there is a viable defence
Do you require a solicitor for New Driver Revocation?
If you have just read our quick guide to New Driver Revocation then you should have an idea by now whether you require legal representation for this offense. If you feel you do require legal advice and representation please not hesitate to contact us by calling 0345 222 9955 or by filling out our contact form.
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