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Date: 18th June 2019

Place: Reading Magistrates Court

Offence: Speeding / Totting up 12 penalty points or more

Defence: Exceptional Hardship

Miss A appeared before Reading Magistrates Court on the 18th May 2019. She had committed a further offence of speeding when she already had 9 points endorsed on her driving licence in the previous 3 years. With exceptional hardship, the Court look at the first offence date until the offence date within a 3 year period.

Miss A did not have a powerful argument for an exceptional hardship hearing. In the circumstances we tried to persuade the Court to disqualify her outright for the offence alone. Fortunately, the Court were persuaded by this argument and disqualified Miss A for a period of 28 days.

Although Miss A was disqualified from driving, she was relieved that this was only for a period of 28 days rather than six months under the totting up provisions.