In some instances, it is possible to apply to a Court and ask that a driving ban is ended early.
If your circumstances have changed since being disqualified, it's worth looking into whether or not you can take advantage of this legal provision.
Is Legal Aid available?
Legal Aid may be available subject to a merit and means test. Abbas is able to provide private representation at competitive rates.
What are the rules?
You can ask the Court to reduce your disqualification period after you’ve been banned from driving for:
2 years - if the disqualification was for more than 2 but fewer than 4 years
Half the disqualification period - if it was for between 4 and 10 years
5 years - if the disqualification was for 10 years or more
If you have been disqualified for a second drink-driving offence, you may also apply but the application will be complicated as the High Court has stated the Judges, "...may if they think fit regard a mandatory disqualification as one which they are somewhat less ready to remove than a discretionary disqualification”. It will depend, as always, on the individual circumstances of the case, in the case of Boliston v Gibbons (1995), for example, the High Court showed itself to be very sympathetic to the Applicant's plight.
What are the criteria?
The law states that:
"On any such application the court may, as it thinks proper having regard to—
(a) the character of the person disqualified and his conduct subsequent to the order,
(b) the nature of the offence, and
(c) any other circumstances of the case, either by order remove the disqualification as from such date as may be specified in the order or refuse the application".
In essence, what needs to be established is that there is some compelling reason why the ban should be brought to an end, such examples include employment opportunities, reliance on a vehicle for caring responsibilities, personal immobility etc.
Will the application be opposed?
It is very rare for an application not to be opposed by the prosecution, so it's important to ensure an impressive argument is put before the Court.
Merely turning up and throwing yourself on the mercy of a Court is unlikely to result in a return of your driving licence.
If the application is refused, can I make a further application?
Yes, you can re-apply again but must wait at least three months from the date of refusal.
How I can help
I can assist in preparing and presenting a thorough, compelling application to the Court, giving you the best opportunity of securiung the return of your driving licence.
Contact me on 07766001774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.