The “totting-up” Procedure
If you are charged with a driving offence, you need to consider the number of penalty points already on your driving licence. This is because if you obtain 12 or more penalty points on your driving licence, you may be disqualified from driving for at least 6 months. This is known as the totting-up procedure.
However, if disqualified through the totting-up procedure, your driving licence will be wiped clean of all penalty points previously obtained.
The totting-up procedure can escalate a relatively minor driving offence for which you would receive 3 penalty points on your licence to being disqualified from driving for 6 months or more.
You will be disqualified through the totting-up procedure unless you have mitigating circumstances and disqualification would cause exceptional hardship to you or your dependants.
If you have been accused of or are being investigated for a driving offence and would like to discuss your situation and the potential totting-up implications, please contact our legal experts to arrange a reduced fee initial meeting.