Practising driving, without supervision

Q: I was due to sit my test on the Monday morning. I was really nervous about it, so on the Sunday night, I decided to go out and practise driving on my own. I know I shouldn’t have, but I just wasn’t thinking at the time.

I was stopped by the police and they’ve said I will be prosecuted for driving without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. I’m really worried as I’ve now passed my test and am going to have to do it again when I get points for this. 

I will be prosecuted for driving without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence

A: Driving without insurance carries between 6-8 points and without a licence another 3-6, but the court is unlikely to impose two sets of points; I’d expect you to get eight points in total.

You’re not going to have to sit your test again, as the offence happened before you passed your test.

The points will sit on your licence and it’s only if another offence happens now, whilst you’re in your two-year probationary period, that you’ll be at risk of revocation. 


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