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My friend is in the Magistrates Court on Friday

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My friend is in the Magistrates Court on Friday for speeding - he already has 12 points so he is expecting a ban. Would you have an idea of how long that might be, since he is dependant upon driving for his business?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
The starting point is six months disqualification for totting.
He can only get it reduced if he can argue that he will suffer exceptional hardship if he is banned.
That really does mean exceptional hardship though not just inconvenience. People like taxi drivers would be covered potentially. People who just choose to drive because it is easier and cheaper would not.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

That is excellent. I am paying for a lawyer to represent him, and it is essential that he can drive because he is a plasterer and has his own business. He is a delightful young man but somewhat foolish at times Smile

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
He needs to cover why he has to drive. You are describing inconvenience so far not exceptional hardship.
Exceptional hardship may well exist but you are not addressing it yet.
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