What Happens If You Get Six Points on Your Licence Within Two Years of Passing Your Test?

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What Happens If You Get Six Points on Your Licence Within Two Years of Passing Your Test?

As a new driver, it can be easy to overlook the complexities of UK driving laws. Understanding your obligations on the road is crucial to ensuring you can stay on the road. In this comprehensive guide, JMW Solicitors’ specialist motoring offence solicitors explain the repercussions of acquiring six points on your licence within two years of passing your test, and the various considerations you should make if you find yourself in this position.

Understanding Penalty Points

Penalty points are punishments for motoring offences, given in the form of points on your driving licence. They serve as an official record of your driving behaviour, impacting everything from your insurance premiums to your ability to rent a car. If you accrue too many, you may be banned from driving altogether and see your licence removed.

The number of points given varies based on the severity of the offence. Some common examples of motoring offences and their associated penalties in the UK include:

  1. Speeding can be punished with three to six points on your licence, depending on how far over the speed limit you were driving.
  2. Using a mobile phone while driving could land you six points as well as a fixed fine. It is illegal to hold a phone or a sat nav while driving – you must have hands-free access.
  3. Drink driving is one of the UK's more severely punished motoring offences - you could face a fine, a driving ban or even a prison sentence.
  4. Careless driving can attract three to nine penalty points. It includes a range of driving behaviours deemed as showing a lack of attention or consideration for other road users. For instance, tailgating or lane hogging can lead to points.
  5. Failing to stop after an accident is an offence. You must also give your details to the other person involved, or you could receive five to ten penalty points.

Infringements are not limited to the above examples; there is a long list of potential offences that can result in penalty points. By maintaining an awareness of these offences and their consequences, and by driving responsibly, you can help ensure that your licence remains clean and your insurance premiums stay manageable.

Provisional Licences

A provisional licence enables you to drive under the supervision of an instructor or another qualified driver. Even at this early stage, your driving behaviour can lead to penalty points. If you accrue six or more points on your provisional licence, the repercussions could be significant.

When you finally pass your first driving test, your provisional licence will be replaced by a full driving licence. Any points you have amassed during your learning phase do not disappear; they carry over to your full licence. This means you will need to be extra vigilant when driving.

Understanding the Six-Point Limit

For new drivers, the first two years post-test are functionally a probationary period. During this time, new drivers are subject to a six-point limit. Accumulate six points within this period, and you could face having your licence revoked by the DVLA. It is important to note that points are counted from the date of the offence, not from when they are officially added to your licence, and so they will remain on your licence from this date.

Licence Revocation

The revocation of a driving licence is one of the more severe outcomes for breaching the six-point limit, and whether the court decides to carry this out will depend on the nature of your offence. A revoked licence legally prohibits you from driving, marking a sudden end to your motoring freedom. It is vital to distinguish revocation from disqualification - in a revocation scenario, you are not banned from driving indefinitely. Instead, you must reapply for your provisional licence and pass both of your driving tests again, which can be time-consuming and expensive.

If you have had your licence revoked, the first step you should take is to apply for a new provisional licence via the DVLA website. Once you have your new provisional licence, you need to arrange your theory and practical driving tests. This can be a demoralising process, but you must do this if you wish to recover your right to drive.

Passing your driving test will help you to get back on the road, but you will still need to consider the repercussions of committing a criminal motoring offence - the points may stay on your licence, and court, police and insurance companies may keep a close eye on you, meaning penalties for further infractions may be more severe.

Proactive Measures to Avoid Penalty Points

Avoiding a situation where your licence gets revoked starts with driving responsibly. Here are a few strategies to steer clear of penalty points:

  1. Understand the Highway Code: the more familiar you are with the rules, the less likely you are to breach them.
  2. Promote safe driving: adhere to speed limits, always wear your seatbelt, resist the temptation to use your mobile phone whilst driving, and never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  3. Consider taking an advanced driving course: beyond helping you become a more confident and competent driver, advanced lessons often offer insights into defensive driving tactics that could prove invaluable.
  4. Maintain your vehicle: regular vehicle checks and maintenance can prevent breakdowns and faults, which might lead to offences. Simple actions like checking your lights, tyre tread depth, and oil levels can make a big difference.
  5. Plan your journey: knowing your route beforehand reduces stress and allows you to focus on driving safely, reducing the risk of speeding or making risky manoeuvres.

The Impact of Insurance Premiums

Car insurance is a crucial aspect of driving, offering financial protection against physical damage or bodily injury resulting from traffic collisions, and against liability that could also arise from incidents in a vehicle. One factor that significantly influences car insurance premiums is your driving record, with penalty points playing a crucial role.

Insurance companies calculate premiums based on risk assessment. Drivers with points on their licence are deemed higher risk due to past infringements, suggesting a potential propensity to violate traffic laws or get involved in accidents. Thus, they are more likely to make a claim, leading to increased insurance premiums.

Accumulating points on your licence could see your insurance cost rise substantially. Some insurers may even decline to offer coverage if they consider you a high-risk driver. This could limit your options and force you to seek specialised insurance providers who typically charge higher premiums.

The consequences of acquiring penalty points extend beyond immediate fines or potential revocation of your licence. They can have a lasting impact on the cost of your car insurance, affecting your finances for years.

What Should You Do If You Exceed the 6-Point Limit?

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of exceeding the six-point limit within two years of passing your test, do not panic. While it is a serious situation that may lead to your licence being revoked, it is not the end of the road. There are steps you can take to navigate this predicament.

One of the most important things to do is seek legal advice. Navigating the legal intricacies surrounding motoring offences can be challenging, and expert guidance from a specialist motoring offences solicitor can be invaluable. Speaking to a legal expert can help you understand your rights, the potential penalties, and any possible defences you might have.

JMW's team of legal professionals can provide advice tailored to your specific situation, helping you navigate the legal system during this challenging time.

Accruing six penalty points within two years of passing your test can be a daunting prospect, but remember that there are resources available to help. Whether taking proactive measures to avoid points, understanding the Highway Code, or seeking legal advice when you need it, you can navigate the legal challenges that newly qualified drivers often face.

Talk to Us

If you have exceeded the six-point limit as a new driver and you are worried about the future of your driving journey, do not hesitate to reach out to JMW Solicitors. Our motoring offences team is well-equipped to help you with your predicament. For more information on how we can help you, call us today on 0345 872 6666, or fill out an online contact form and we will return your call at a time suitable for you.

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