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New Driver Offences

At Cartwright King we understand that new drivers can make genuine mistakes when on the road (new driver offences). If you accumulate 6 points on your licence during your first two years, you will have your licence revoked by the DVLA, without the intervention of the police or the courts. Having your license revoked can have a potentially serious impact on your family life and career, so it is vital that you take legal advice at the earliest opportunity. We have offices across the country which means that we are on hand to assist wherever you are based.

What is the law regarding ‘New Drivers’?

Under the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995 every driver who has passed their driving test since 1st June 1997 is subject to a two year probationary period from the date that they acquire their full license.

If within these two years you accumulate 6 points on your licence, the DVLA will revoke your license. Revocation means that you won’t be able to drive any vehicle on the road when you are advised of the revocation. If you wish to drive again, you will have to apply to the DVLA for a provisional driving licence and successfully pass the theory and full driving test. You are bound by all the Provisional Driver requirements until you pass your test again.

Who are the DVLA? 

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is the UK organisation formed in 1965 that is responsible for maintaining the database of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain. The information that they retain helps improve road safety, reduce vehicle related crime, support environmental initiatives and limit vehicle tax evasion. The DVLA exercise the powers of the Secretary of State to revoke licences in certain circumstances.

What does revocation of a driving licence mean?

It is important to know the difference between a revocation and a disqualification. If your license is revoked it means that you cannot drive until you have re-applied for your provisional licence and can work towards regaining your full licence by passing your theory and full driving test. You can start that process immediately. If you do not drive as a provisional driver you commit the offence of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, which would result in a fine and points on your license.

If you were disqualified by a Court from driving, you would have to wait until the period of disqualification expired, and could then reapply for your licence. In most cases you would not have to re take your test.

How we can help

At Cartwright King our Motoring Solicitors will review your circumstances carefully and ensure that you receive the essential, high quality legal advice and representation that you need.  We will assist you by:

  • Checking and recording all of the case’s circumstances
  • Advise you how best to preserve your licence. If you cannot defend the case we may be able to argue for a short disqualification to avoid you having to go back through the process of taking your test again
  • Take the worry off your hands
  • Represent you in court
  • Assist you in submitting an appeal if necessary

Why Choose Us?

At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress that losing your driving licence as a new driver can cause and the potential consequences that can affect you, your family and your future earning potential. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explain the likely outcomes and fight on your behalf.

How to make contact

If you require any legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Motoring team on and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Driving Solicitors can provide advice across the country and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in BirminghamBedfordDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleManchesterMiddlesbroughNorthamptonNottingham and Sheffield.

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