Probationary period points

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Q: In 10 days’ time I’ll have held my licence for two years, but three months ago I was given three points for speeding on the motorway.

Then, a few days ago, I was driving towards a junction with my cousin sat next to me when she had a panic attack.

As a result I drove through a red light by mistake. As a result I was given another three points, taking me to six.

I went to the police station and spoke to somebody who said that if I was given three points on a motorway and three points crossing a red light, my licence would not be revoked until I’d notched up nine points within the first two years.

I have a certificate from my cousin’s doctor to say that she does suffer from panic attacks.

If you get six points on your licence and the most recent offence is during your probationary period you will have your licence revoked

A: You’ve been misadvised. If you get six points on your licence and the most recent offence is during your probationary period you will have your licence revoked.

You’ll then have to take an extended driving test before you can drive again.

Your only option would be to go to court and make a special reasons argument regarding the panic attack being a distraction. If the court agrees you won't get the points and you’ll keep your licence.


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