Totting up bans: how long can a disqualification be?


Milton Keynes crime and regulatory solicitor Mike Hayward explains the typical length of driving ban handed out under 'totting up', the procedure that is enforced when a driver reaches 12 penalty points within any three year period. 

"The starting point for the court is a minimum of six months driving disqualification. However, if it is a more serious issue or a repeat offence, the ban can be up to 12 months under totting up.

So the normal point is six months which can be quite disproportionate to the actual offence. 

In summary, a six month ban is the starting point for the court unless particular arguments are put forward to try to reduce that or to not be disqualified from driving at all.

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If you are facing a driving ban or disqualification under totting up, please feel free to get in contact with me for a confidential, discrete chat about your personal circumstances and how we may be able to represent you. 

You may also be interested to read my blog post on exceptional hardship