Driving Disqualifications

The driver can be disqualified if; gets convicted of a serious driving offence or if 12 or more penalty points are reached within 3 years.

When does the disqualification end?

It depends on the court’s decision for how long the disqualification lasts:

  • In case of 12 or more penalty points within 3 years, the ban lasts 6 months.
  • If the second disqualification is given within 3 years, the ban lasts 12 months.
  • If there’s a third disqualification within 3 years, the ban lasts 2 years.

The driver has to apply for a new license if the disqualification is for 56 days or more. There’s no need to apply if the ban is less than 56 days.

Reduce the disqualification period:

The court can be requested to shorten the disqualification period.

  • If the length of ban is less than 4 years, the driver must wait 2 years before applying.
  • If the ban is 4 or more years but lesser than 10 years, the driver needs to wait half the length of the disqualification period.
  • If the ban is for 10 or more years, the driver must wait 5 years before applying.

However, request for disqualification must only be applied if there’s a legal mistake by the court or if certain reasons were not taken into account. Only under such circumstances; the documents along with the date of offence and conviction must be sent.

If the court rejects the request, the driver must wait for 3 months before applying again.

The DVLA is contacted by the court if it decides to reduce the disqualification period.

Reapplying for licence and test:

The applicant must take the driving test if the court orders. A new provisional licence should be applied to proceed further.

  • A reminder will be sent 56 days before the disqualification ends. Application form can also be ordered if the reminder doesn’t come.
  • Theory and practical test must be booked and given. And extended practical test has to be given if the court ordered. This test costs higher and lasts for 60 minutes.
  • Once the practical test is passed; examiner must be asked to arrange the new licence.

Name or address change:

The DVLA must be informed if any changes in the name or address occur while being banned. Documents with details of old and new changes should be sent to:

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1AB

Drink-driving:

The driver can be disqualified if found guilty for drink-driving. Or could be sent to prison or fined.

It is considered a serious offenes if:

  • Driver fails to provide specimen of blood, urine or breath.
  • If alcohol reading of 87.5 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitre’s of breath, 200 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood or 267.5 mg alcohol per 100 ml or urine.

A D27PH form is given 90 days before the disqualification period that has to fill and sent to DVLA to reapply the licence.

Medical:

The driver needs to be proven fit to drive again by a DVLA appointed doctor.

Payment for the examination has to be given. The exam includes:

  • Questionnaire about medical history and use of alcohol.
  • Blood test.
  • Physical examination.

Drug-driving:

Driving while being unfit through drugs is illegal; this can result in disqualification for at least 12 months and up to six months in jail.

If the police suspect the driver to be on drugs, a Field Impairment Assessment is taken.  The driver can further be taken to the station for a blood test.

It is a serious crime if the test shows drug in the system.

Medicine:

The doctor should be consulted if it’s allowed to drive with the prescribed drugs.

Penalties:

  • Up to 6 months imprisonment.
  • Unlimited fine.
  • Minimum driving ban of 1 year.
  • Criminal record.
  • Licence will also show drug conviction for 11 years.

Additional problems:

  • Trouble travelling to various countries.
  • Employer will see licence conviction.
  • Increase in car insurance cost.