The Totting Up Procedure For Motoring Offences

The world of motoring offences is incredibly complex, and many people understandably find themselves struggling when thrown into it. The penalty points system is one such complicated area. It was originally introduced as a way to give the Courts another option when punishing motorists, outside of the standard fine and driving ban method. It allows the Courts to apply a specific number of points which they deem appropriate. If further motoring offences occur, then more points can be applied in what is referred to as the totting up procedure.

The number of points placed on a license is usually proportional to the magnitude of the driving offences committed. Most minor offences incur the minimum of 3 points, whereas the more serious acts, such as excessive speeding, can result in a driver receiving up to six points. Driving without due care, however, can often see up to nine points being applied.

If a driver receives twelve points within a three year period, then they will be given an automatic six-month disqualification. If the accused is a driver by trade, then such a punishment can have a devastating effect on their livelihood. However, if the driver does not reach twelve points within three years, then the points may be removed from the license after four years.

It is vital that a driver who has been disqualified does not give in to the temptation to get back behind the wheel. If they are caught driving, then they will be arrested immediately. It may be that they are even given a prison sentence, or a community service order if the Courts take a more lenient approach. However, there are often grounds for appeal against these punishments, such as if a driver did not realise they were committing the driving offences. There may also be extenuating circumstances for the offence, such as speeding to drive an injured person to hospital. In any event, legal advice should be sought.