The law: Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, s.35(4)(b)

Our advice

Sometimes you can persuade a court that there are special reasons not to disqualify you. The burden of proving a special reason is on you. Special reasons are only applicable in a situation where you are guilty of the offence.

What are special reasons?

It must relate directly to the circumstances of the offence and not just the offender.

Does it apply to any motoring offence?

No it does not apply where an offence carries a compulsory ban

Examples of Special reasons:

Excess alcohol cases: shortness of distance driven or spiked drinks. No insurance cases: A reasonable belief that insurance was in place.

It is highly recommended that you seek advice from specialist motoring or criminal defence lawyers who will either be able to help you avoid a conviction or limit the damage by securing a reduced sentence.

Rose & Dunn can represent you for a fixed fee or possibly on legal aid. Contact us for further advice and assistance including a free initial appraisal of your case with no obligation.