Driving Ban FAQ

Speeding Offences & Instant Driving Ban

What is the penalty range/maximum punishment for speeding offences?
The penalties for speeding vary according to the speed and location. They range from 3 to 6 penalty points or, in more serious cases, to disqualification for between 7 and 56 days. You should also expect to be fined and pay costs.

What is the maximum speeding penalty/fine/speeding ban/penalty points/Court Guidelines?
The Sentencing Council’s guidelines on speeding provide for a maximum penalty of 6 penalty points or 56 days disqualification but “grossly excessive” speeds can result in a longer ban.

I have been caught speeding. Is an instant driving ban likely?
Depending on your speed and where you were speeding, you may receive an immediate ban when you plead guilty (or are found guilty) in court.

What is the likely length of an instant ban for a speeding offence?
If you are banned from driving it will happen when you go to court. The length of any ban will depend on your speed at the time and where you were speeding.

Is there any discretion on an instant speeding disqualification?
Yes. The court is not obliged to ban you for speeding. Whether it does so or not will depend on various factors. However, if you were driving well in excess of the speed limit you should expect to be banned.

I have been caught speeding at more than 100 mph on the motorway. Is a ban automatic?
You won’t automatically be banned but there’s a good chance you will be.

Is it possible to avoid an instant ban?
Whether you are banned or not will depend on various factors, particularly the speed you were doing and where you driving at the time.

The only reason that I was speeding was that of a genuine emergency. Is this a defence?
Responding to a genuine emergency is not a defence to speeding but it can be a “special reason” not to disqualify you (or to disqualify you for a shorter period than would otherwise be the case).

Totting Up A Ban

How does the totting up procedure work?
If you accumulate 12 or more penalty points within 3 years you’ll be at risk of a
6 months driving ban.

How long does a totting up ban last for?
Under the totting-up procedure, you’re at risk of being disqualified for up to 6 months.

Can I avoid a driving ban if I reach 12 penalty points or more?
It is possible to avoid a ban if you have 12 or more points if, for example, you can prove that to ban you would cause you or someone else “exceptional hardship”.

How long do penalty points/offences remain on my driving licence?
Penalty points remain on your licence for 4 years or 11 years, depending on the offence.