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Rob

Is it possible to reduce my driving ban?

Hi there,

I would like some advice here. I was given a driving ban for two years for dangerous driving and failing to provide. I have currently served 5 months of this.

Would I however in your opinion be able to reduce this by any means as my father has difficulty driving now after his leg operation and my mother does not drive so they are depending on me. Even a six months or a couple would make a big difference.

Thanks
Rob  (Level 1)
11 May 2014 19:18, updated
04 Nov 2008, published
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gices
gices  (Level 5)
05 Nov 2008 08:21
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Rob,

I supposed you have not been asked to do a drink drive rehabilitation course when you were sentenced, right? This course would have enabled you to reduce your driving ban by upto a quarter, in your case, possibly upto 6 months.

Although this course is recommended at the time of sentencing and at the discretion of the judge, you can however get in touch with a drink driving solicitor to explain your situation. If you have solid proof that your parents now rely heavily on your driving ability, you will be able to get the court to re-assess your driving ban. Otherwise, it would be a waste of time and money.

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Eddie J Ireland
Eddie J Ireland   (Level 1)
08 Mar 2009 11:58
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Having previously had a clean licence and no convictions, I was unfortunately banned from driving in May 08 till August 09, for being over the legal drink drive limit. Resulting from my loss of licence, I have had to close my business which has resulted in the loss of my home and I am currently unemployed. Having no income, I am currently unable to pay the court fine or provide financially for my children and I am experiencing extreme hardship.

Rather than remain unemployed and on income support till the end of my ban, what opportunity if any exists for me to appeal to get my licence back earlier to enable me to obtain employment, pay my fine, get off income support and provide for my children?

Would a court consider an application based on previous character, hardship encurred from loss of licence and the genuine desire by me to get off government funding into employment and provide for my children? The reinstatement of my licence would enable me to achieve this.

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
28 Aug 2009 11:53
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Eddie,

The court does not take into account such things. However a drink drive solicitor may present a good case to the court to enable you to get your licence back, so it is best to discuss this with a professional motoring lawyer.

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stevie6
stevie6  (Level 1)
11 Oct 2010 14:43
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if it is your first offence you may get a chance to go on a d.i.d.s course witch would reduce your ban buy 6months,ask or go and see your solicitor,its better than nothing goodluck.......

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