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Can I Reduce My Driving Ban?

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 30 Apr 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Driving Ban Banned From Driving Reduce

Q.

My son lost his licence in March 08 due to taking my vehicle, his full licence came through the same day. i was in the process of looking for inurance, but eager to drive he took my car without consent, which was not insured for him to drive.

He was later in court and charged for agrivated vehicle taking and no insurance, and forty pounds in court costs.He lost his licence for a year.

He wants to reduce his ban, we live in ebbbw-ale gwent and was wondering if there is a course near our area. He has shown great remorse for what he has done, and the judge did state that he did not have to sit his test the sentence was convivtion spent.

regards jane
(Mrs Jane Holloway, 14 September 2008)

A.

A driving ban, whether it is through drink driving, dangerous driving, driving without insurance or other circumstances is a very serious matter. Many courts will consider that any individual who gets behind the wheel of a car in these circumstances have not made a genuine mistake, but rather are fully aware that they’re breaking the law. Due to this, it makes it very difficult to appeal a driving ban, but in certain circumstances there are options where you may be able to reduce the ban.

Many judges will determine that an individual who appears to be truly remorseful may enrol in a rehabilitation course or an advanced driving course in order to educate themselves about the dangers of driving under the influence or without insurance. Certain rehabilitation courses will allow you to reduce your driving ban by around a quarter of it’s intended time. If you’re banned for a year for example, this means that there’s the possibility of you being able to reduce this to a 9 month ban. To be accepted to the rehabilitation course however, you need to be referred by the magistrate of the Court which handed down your original sentence. Generally these courses are tailored towards those who have been given a drink driving ban and will usually cost around 250GBP. They tend to focus on educating drink drivers about how consuming alcohol can impair your driving abilities and usually last around 16 – 30 hours in total. For someone driving without insurance, it may be more difficult to appeal to the magistrate for a rehabilitation course attendance, especially young drivers who are a high risk group.

Throughout the UK there are a number of driving rehabilitation courses available that can help a banned driver reduce their sentence. You should seek expert advice however on how to appeal to the magistrate and also which courses you feel would be beneficial. Some companies that offer courses to reduce driving bans are shown below:

  • Drivewise – South East England
  • Drink Driver Education – Bucks, Berks, Oxon, Surrey, Hants
  • Aquarius – Midlands
  • Vernon Manfield Consultancy Ltd – England and Scotland
  • Norfolk TTC 2000 – Midlands, Wales and the North of England

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Maz - Your Question:
I was wondering if I could get my drink driving ban reduced and looking for advice.I was banned from driving last year due to my partner kicking me out.knowing I couldn't drive through drinking my ex partner made me get my car of his land and all my belongings I was pulled over for drink driving I got 23 mths and the chance to do the drink driving course also.how would I go about this

Our Response:
Any mitigating circumstances should have been addressed at the time of the prosecution really but if you want to the length of the ban reduced, it might be worth contacting a legal professional.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 1-May-18 @ 12:13 PM
I was wondering if I could get my drink driving ban reduced and looking for advice...I was banned from driving last year due to my partner kicking me out ...knowing I couldn't drive through drinking my ex partner made me get my car of his land and all my belongingsI was pulled over for drink driving I got 23 mths and the chance to do the drink driving course also...how would I go about this
Maz - 30-Apr-18 @ 6:33 PM
Hi I got convicted of drug driving back in September, for Cannabis, I was 0.3mg over the 2.0 mg. I have heard there is courses that I could take to reduce my ban. Just wondering what courses are availvable? I have stopped smoking all together and would happily take another drug test to prove this. As I live in the country side it is hard to get my daughter to school everyday and is costing me more on public transport than it is doing my regular shopping every week. If there is such a course how could I apply for it, thanks shane
Shane - 29-Jan-18 @ 10:18 AM
Iv been band for 60 months for drink driving and leaving the seen of accident , and my 3 rd affence and ban , iv done 18 months probation and a court order for alcohol course for 6 months and my fines are nil nearly and completed every part of my sentence and knot drank in 5 years nearly and kept out of trouble, and the only part to do is 9 more months. So iv don't 53 months so far and learnt my action and deserved my punishment , but and got my act together , it been long and bloody hard can I ask for a early return of my driver licence back as I have reabilated my self and near finish my punishment , but wot get me drug dealer pedophiles and murders and burgelor get out of prison and get a lessor sentence witch ain't fare, any answers or help I feel iv been punished for less ,
Phil - 19-Mar-17 @ 8:01 PM
Hi, I received a 12 month ban for having cannabis in my system, I'm a company director, I'm 56 years old, and I have severe problems both knees, and have also an amputated nerve in my spine, I'm also a farmer, since I was banned I have to continue with work, and cared for my animals, sheep, horses, pigs, and also doing my own, and my mothers shopping, I've been walking 20 miles a day, and it is now making very difficult to walk due to both my knees, I have seen the doctor, who as told me that if I continue walking I will damage my knees beyond repair, leaving me with no option but to have my knees replaced, the doctor said he is willing to provide any documentation an medical records, should I need to take my case back to court, I am in great pain both with my knees and back, I cannot use a bicycle as my knees both swell up an tighten, preventing me from bending them, the doctor is in no doubt that if I continue this I will end up disabled, I walk with the aid of a walking stick but it is becoming more an more difficult day by day, the doctor as also confirmed that I have osteoarthritis in both knees, and a tear of soft tissue under the kneecaps and also damage to cartalidge in both knees, please can you advise me what I can do to try and get my case heard to reduce my driving ban and possibility some other form of punishment, I've always had incident free driving and have never been involved in any blameworthy accident and have held a full clean licence for over 35 years, please help and advise me what I can do, kind regards Graham
Mac - 29-Dec-16 @ 6:32 AM
Shamus - Your Question:
Hi I got ban for a year through drugs driving on cannabis and is there any courses where I can reduce my ban by 25%? If so who do I contact? Thanks.

Our Response:
You generally have to be referred by a court in order to take a driver course that might reduce your ban, so you would need to speak to your solicitor about this.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 5-Dec-16 @ 12:56 PM
Hi I got ban for a year through drugs driving on cannabis and is there any courses where I can reduce my ban by 25%? If so who do i contact? Thanks.
Shamus - 2-Dec-16 @ 9:58 AM
Hi i was banned for 1 year and fined £200 for dangerous driving. Is there any courses i can do to reduce my ban.
Andy - 2-Oct-16 @ 8:48 PM
In February 2016, I was pulled over and asked to provide a specimen of blood for suspected drug driving, the drug in question being cannabis. I provided the sample and whilst on bail awaiting the result, I received a letter from the DVLA which stated they had revoked my driving license and entitlement to drive as they had been informed by West Midlands police that I have a drug dependency. I rang the DVLA to query this as I have no history of drug use either with my GP or any dependency for that matter. I was then told by the DVLA that the word of the West Midlands police was enough information for them to revoke my license. Approximately 6 months later, I appeared in court charged with the offence and was subsequently banned for 12 months for drug driving.What I want to know is, we're the DVLA right to revoke by license before I had my day in court? And is it fair that my license had already been revoked for 6 months prior to the 12 month disqualification? Is there any appeal process that can get the courts to take the revocation into account and count towards the 12 month disqualification? Any advice on how I can proceed with this matter would be appreciated. Z. Dennis.
Leroy - 13-Sep-16 @ 2:44 PM
In February 2016, I was pulled over and asked to provide a specimen of blood for suspected drug driving, the drug in question being cannabis. I provided the sample and whilst on bail awaiting the result, I received a letter from the DVLA which stated they had revoked my driving license and entitlement to drive as they had been informed by West Midlands police that I have a drug dependency. I rang the DVLA to query this as I have no history of drug use either with my GP or any dependency for that matter. I was then told by the DVLA that the word of the West Midlands police was enough information for them to revoke my license. Approximately 6 months later, I appeared in court charged with the offence and was subsequently banned for 12 months for drug driving.What I want to know is, we're the DVLA right to revoke by license before I had my day in court? And is it fair that my license had already been revoked for 6 months prior to the 12 month disqualification? Is there any appeal process that can get the courts to take the revocation into account and count towards the 12 month disqualification? Any advice on how I can proceed with this matter would be appreciated. Z. Dennis.
Leroy - 13-Sep-16 @ 1:44 PM
I was caught DD the next morning after a night out and blown 55. Disqualified for 17 Months and a £450 Fine.. I was also then Caught Driving whilst disqualified 3 weeks after the disqualification was imposed. Which at this minute is going through Court, I have to attend a probation officer and produce a Pre sentencing Report. I am very annoyed and extremely upset about what has happened.I accept the punishment for my first offence but the 2nd offence driving whilst disqualified - I 100% do not accept ANY sentencing that may happen to me. I am disabled and have a MAJOR problem with processing verbal information and with verbal communication.I have full medical details from doctors and NHS assessments confirming my disability and how I struggle with my memory on the things i hear and get confused easily. I showed this to the courts on my first appearance, and nothing was changed to help me , they continued with the process of sentencing me and gave me very complex information verbally.. Due to my disability :- I walked out of the court room under the wrong impressions that I was allowed to drive until the DVLA contact me asking to return my licence. I knew and understood I was disqualified and even went out to purchase a Push Bike to get ready for my disqualification, and just 2 days before being stopped by police for driving whilst disqualified, I had even contacted the DVLA and they took a payment off me to tax my vehicle and stated that I was OK to drive. 2 days AFTER being stopped by police for driving whilst disqualified - I Received a letter from DVLA requesting me to return my licence. --------------- I was represented on my 2nd appearance at court, who explained all of this through to the courts and my solicitor explained , I should have had my sentence guide in writing and had I known I was unable to drive I would have no been driving . I feel let down by the courts as even though I am still guilty of the offence, I am not responsible for this happening !
Duffy88 - 8-Sep-16 @ 12:49 PM
Hi i have lost mine for 3 years for drink Driveing i have done about a year already the court give me a course to take 9months of it i have kids and a new job now could i bring it back to court after the Course to get it back even sooner
Doedoe - 30-Aug-16 @ 7:46 PM
rob - Your Question:
I've been cought drug driving I've only been driving 10 months will I have to do my test again is there any way to reduce you banners or get off

Our Response:
Being unfit to drive through drink or drugs in not an offence for which disqualification obligatory, however a disqualification MAY be imposed. If as a new driver you no disqualification is imposed then 10 penalty points MUST be imposed. This means that any new driver convicted of any of these offences who does not receive a disqualification will receive 10 penalty points and will have their driving licence automatically revoked under the new drivers act. Magistrates have the discretion to order any person disqualified of drink drink driving related offences to re-take their driving test regardless of the new drivers act.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 25-Aug-16 @ 10:46 AM
I've been cought drug driving I've only been driving 10 months will I have to do my test again is there any way to reduce you banners or get off
rob - 22-Aug-16 @ 4:14 AM
Timmi - Your Question:
I was disqualified (licence revoked) for 18 months for dangerous driving in Dec 2015(101 in a 30). I have to start from scratch. I.e. lessons-theory-hazard perception.I had been driving for 15 years. I will be 42 years of age. Is there anything I could do to shorten my disqualification.?? Courses.advanced learning. thank you.

Our Response:
To be honest you were lucky to only get 18 months, it's unlikely you'll get this shortened. If you really want to try, you should seek professional legal assistance.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 19-Jul-16 @ 2:14 PM
I was disqualified (licence revoked) for 18 months for dangerous driving in Dec 2015(101 in a 30). I have to start from scratch.. I.e.. lessons-theory-hazard perception.I had been driving for 15 years. I will be 42 years of age. Is there anything I could do to shorten my disqualification..?? Courses..advanced learning.. thank you.
Timmi - 18-Jul-16 @ 9:45 AM
Hi, I was caught driving on a provisional licence last night. I was at a party andI've had a bit to drink and smoke as well. I admitted taking cannabis and I tested positive to the drug test. So I'm going to get done for two offences; drug driving and driving with a provisional license. What are my chances? I don't want to go to jail and I don't want an heavy ban either.I will lose my job if I didn't drive, worse I will struggle for years if I get convicted and I've got my driving test coming up in two weeks. I should have waited
Fiz - 18-Jul-16 @ 7:59 AM
Ging - Your Question:
Hi, my sister has recently been banned for 18 months due to driving with no licence due to points. She was then caught, arrested and convicted for driving with no licence, insurance, tax or mot. is there anything she can do to reduce this ban or will she just have to ride the sentence out?

Our Response:
It's highly unlikely she will be able to get this reduced.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 14-Jul-16 @ 10:43 AM
Hi, my sister has recently been banned for 18 months due to driving with no licence due to points.She was then caught, arrested and convicted for driving with no licence, insurance, tax or mot.is there anything she can do to reduce this ban or will she just have to ride the sentence out?
Ging - 11-Jul-16 @ 11:35 AM
Rob - Your Question:
I've been convicted for failing to provide and dangerous driving got banned for 4 years and didn't get the ddr course and the judge refused it is there anyway that I can reduce this banned

Our Response:
It's very difficut to get a ban overturned but you cannot apply until half way through your banned period. You must demonstrate that there is a good reason for asking for the ban to be reduced.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 6-Jul-16 @ 10:00 AM
Cher - Your Question:
Go, my son lost his licence for drug driving in April for a year. He was not over the limit a great deal but still over. They did not offer him a course but has been going to the local drug awareness clinic himself. He has lost his job. Where we live there are no jobs and you have to travel to get any sort of employment. Public transport is a bare minimum. He cannot sign on fole and his depts are mounting. Can get apply for his licence back early in anyway?

Our Response:
It's usually very difficult to do this and may involve the services a lawyer which could add more expense. Can you go to a Citizen's Advice Bureau for advice on money and perhaps some ideas on employment he could do from home to keep the debts under control etc?
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 5-Jul-16 @ 2:45 PM
I've been convicted for failing to provide and dangerous driving got banned for 4 years and didn't get the ddr course and the judge refused it is there anyway that I can reduce this banned
Rob - 5-Jul-16 @ 1:31 AM
Go, my son lost his licence for drug driving in April for a year. He was not over the limit a great deal but still over. They did not offer him a course but has been going to the local drug awareness clinic himself. He has lost his job. Where we live there are no jobs and you have to travel to get any sort of employment. Public transport is a bare minimum. He cannot sign on fole and his depts are mounting. Can get apply for his licence back early in anyway?
Cher - 4-Jul-16 @ 9:20 PM
Freddy - Your Question:
Hi I got caught drink driving I blew 115 in the breath test and I'm looking at a 2 year ban, will I need to do my test again? I've been passed 6 year already

Our Response:
This depends on what the court judge rules. Usually if it's a short term ban, you licence is just given back.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 7-Jun-16 @ 10:13 AM
Hi I got caught drink driving I blew 115 in the breath test and I'm looking at a 2 year ban, will I need to do my test again? I've been passed 6 year already
Freddy - 5-Jun-16 @ 1:06 AM
Dean - Your Question:
I had 15 points on my license and just got another 3 so they banned me for 6 months anyway I can get my license back earlier??

Our Response:
You usually lose your licence when you reach 12 points. It's unlikely you'll be able to get your ban reduced.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 27-May-16 @ 9:48 AM
I had 15 points on my license and just got another 3 so they banned me for 6 months anyway I can get my license back earlier??
Dean - 25-May-16 @ 5:11 PM
Hi I got 6 month ban yesterday for failure to disclose . They say I was caught speeding by a camera Doing 34 in a 30 I did not receive no letters First I heard was the court summons I have 6 points already and they give me 6 points for failing to disclose . They banned me for 6 months
Browny - 19-May-16 @ 2:32 PM
I was accused of drug driving in scotland, I plead not guilty as I am disabled with chronic pain and anxiety and am prescribed Physeptone which contains methadone and my doctor wrote a very possitive letter stating I always ask for advice on driving, however just before the trial started the procurator fiscal handed my lawyer a medical paper stating a trace of diazepam was found in my blood, there were no quantities given and he told me I had to plead guilty, I got a 12 month ban a large fine and am now housebound as I get high rate mobility car, the only way diazepam could be in my system is due to the fact I live with my dad, we have the same name and I remember taking a yellow pill to help me sleep, but this was days before the police carried out a blood test, any advice would be welcome.
ward1975 - 19-May-16 @ 8:03 AM
I got banned for a year and iv got 12 points totting up and a nuther 6 for something else will these get wiped off my license when I get it back in 2 month and when can I apply for my licence back a month before or 2 month before.
trevgee - 18-May-16 @ 10:07 PM
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