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New Drivers Accused of Motoring Offences

Motoring Offences


Legal advice for new drivers accused of motoring offences

If you’re a new driver, we know accusations of motoring offences can be daunting. Having worked hard to get your licence, incurring penalty points or getting a driving ban can be distressing. Cartwright King’s trusted Motoring Law team will work to build the strongest possible defence for your case and protect your driving licence.

Get in touch with our friendly, fast-acting Motoring Law team today for trusted legal advice.

How Cartwright King can defend new drivers

Cartwright King takes a non-judgemental and pro-active approach to your case. We listen, we understand and we genuinely care about protecting your licence and freedoms that come with driving. We offer honest legal advice to ensure that the best possible action is taken to help keep you on the road.

We can advise you on all manner of new driver offences, including:

Benefit from a free, initial telephone conversation

If you are a new driver accused of a motoring offence, you can benefit from a free, initial telephone call with a specialist Cartwright King Motoring Offence Lawyer to understand your legal rights and to assess your options.

There’s no substitute for speaking to one of our specialist solicitors to get the right advice, and starting to build your case. 

For immediate action, contact us today for your free* initial discussion.

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Agree how you want to proceed

*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.

Why choose Cartwright King for your defence?

Having an experienced Motoring Offence Lawyer representing you is often the difference when it comes to avoiding a driving ban or penalties.

We listen, we understand, and we genuinely care about protecting you from punishment. That’s why we offer sound, honest, reliable legal advice to ensure that you understand your rights when facing charges for driving offences.

Working with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor gives you the assurance of having access to legal counsel who will advise you at every stage of your case. We know that charges for driving offences can affect your day-to-day life and potentially your job.

That’s why we will do everything we can to clear you of wrongdoing or minimise any action against you.

We’re committed to defending your legal rights and protecting your driving future, ensuring that you’re treated fairly throughout your case. When you need us most, we’ll be there to offer sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance.

We’re a trusted, resourceful Legal 500 top tier law firm with specialist solicitors that are calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on.

We're here for you.

Frequently asked questions.

This rule is in place to protect road users and the general public from inexperienced motorists. The limit acts as a deterrent, ensuring that you observe the rules of the road or risk losing your driving licence. The six-point rule applies to new drivers of all ages. Whether you’re 17 or 70, you will lose your licence if you accumulate six points in under three years of driving.

Unfortunately, if your licence is revoked, you will have to reapply for a provisional licence and then retake, and pass, both your driving theory test and practical exam to get a new licence. You can apply for a provisional licence immediately after losing

your full licence. Also, note once you have passed the test, any previous penalty points still remain effective three years from the date of the offence.

If you’re disqualified from driving by the Court, you will have to wait until the length of your driving disqualification has passed before you can reapply for a driving licence. However, in most circumstances, you will not have to retake your theory test or practical exam.

Most insurance providers consider convicted drivers to be a greater risk to insure, so it’s possible that your vehicle insurance will be affected, but it depends on your insurer. The most likely outcome is that you will face higher insurance premiums when you’re back on the road.

Yes, you can still receive points on your provisional licence before passing your driving test. Any endorsements you accumulate as a learner driver that haven’t expired will transfer over after passing the practical test. They will be added to your 6 penalty points limit of your two-year probationary period. If you get 6 points on your provisional licence, you can still sit your practical test, but any more penalty points accumulated means that your licence will be immediately revoked.

If your licence has been revoked and you continue to drive after this, then you will become liable for further more serious offences. You will also be driving with invalid car insurance.
As you will be on a provisional licence, you will be required to drive in a car with L plates and under the supervision of a qualified driver over the age of 21 who has been in possession of a full clean driving licence for three years.

If you have reached a total of 6 penalty points in your 2-year probation period as a new driver there, the authorities are under no obligation to warn you. The presumption is that you should have knowledge of the new driver Act 1995. However, you will receive a letter from the DVLA giving you five days’ notice of your licence being revoked. If you haven’t heard from the DVLA and want to check if your licence has been revoked, you find this information on the DVLA website.

You can only be subjected to the New Drivers Act one time. If your licence has been revoked, you have applied for a provisional and passed your test again, it no longer applies. But keep in mind that any penalty points you have accumulated remain valid

for three years from the date of your offence. If over a period of three years, you accumulate 12 points, you will be disqualified from driving for six months.

As we have already discussed, getting your car licence revoked is triggered if you receive 6 penalty points on your licence within two years of passing your driving test. You will need to obtain a new provisional licence and resit your test.

A disqualification is normally due to a more serious motoring offence such as drunk driving or under the influence of drugs. You will be banned from driving for a fixed period of time that will depend on the severity of the offence. Typically with a disqualification, you are not expected to retake your driving test. If you are disqualified for less than 56 days, you don’t need to reapply for your driving licence; if more than 56 days, you must reapply.