New Drivers

New Drivers – Penalty Points

If a new driver accumulates 6 or more penalty points within a 2 year period of passing their driving test, then this can result in their driving licence being revoked.  The law provides that where 6 or more penalty points have been endorsed on the licence of a driver following an offence committed during the probationary driving period, the court must send notice to the Secretary of State.  The Secretary of State revokes the licence, not the Magistrates’ Court.

In order to regain the driving licence, a new driver would need to retake their theory and practical driving test.  We often aim to protect new drivers by seeking instead to persuade courts to deal with offences that carry discretionary disqualification by way of a period of discretionary disqualification instead of by way of points.  It is only where points are accumulated within 2 years, not where a new driver is disqualified for a short period of time of say 7 or 14 days, that the licence is revoked.

The procedures are contained in the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995 and we are able to advise upon these as well as other driving licence provisions, for example relating to medical fitness to drive, driving underage, the licence provisions for drivers from abroad and driving while disqualified.

Our experienced Motoring Offences team are only a phone call away.  Call us on 0800 088 6280.