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I know this is one of the dumbest things I have ever done in my life, but sadly I can’t go back in time and change it. Today morning, I was asked by a police car(not the traffic police) behind me to pull over as I stalled on a slip road waiting at the traffic lights. I am on a provisional license(no L plate & no supervision) and no insurance (infact I got the V5C certificate in my name just the evening earlier, having purchased the car 10 days ago). The car was short on petrol and I was going to the local Tesco to fill up (and the very first thing I was about to do after getting back was get an insurance). The officer pulled me over some half a mile from my house and had the car impounded. I have to get it back now paying some £150 and £20 per day charges. Also he told me that I would get a court summons. I am so stressed that I can hardly concentrate on anything. I have my driving test booked next week and am seriously down on confidence now. I have some questions now –

·Will I be charged for 2 offences?

·If I get more than 6 points (assuming 2 offences) and hoping I pass the test, will my new license be revoked immediately?

·Is there any way I can ask for a lenient punishment (short driving ban + penalty, but no points). I have never been on the wrong side of the law (motoring or otherwise) and in a respectable job and position.

·Will this affect my criminal record in the future?

·Should I hire a solicitor or go alone with a guilty plea.

I have never felt so stupid and feel like kicking myself every time I think about the incident. Please can you forum gurus guide me on the course of action.

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I've never had a pupil take a driving test where there is an ourstanding case against them, so not sure how the points being added to the licence AFTER your driving test, but for an offence from BEFORE the test are used to calculate whether your licence is revoked. I suspect there is a real chance your new full licence may be revoked immediately.


In your situation, I think I would seriously consider postoning/cancelling my test until this police matter is resolved. Points that are on your licence prior to your test do not result in your new licence been taken straight back off you. e.g. you could have 8 points on your licence before taking your test and when you pass you still get a full licence. You will not, of course, be allowed to get a single extra point on your licence in 2 years without having it revoked again.


Alternatively, you could feel you would rather get your full licence next week, have it revoked in a few weeks/months when your case is dealt with, and then immediately get your new provisional and pass your theory and practical test as quickly as you can again.

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Thanks crem, but I will go ahead with the driving test now (I really cant afford to defer it) and am ready to face the punishment meted...wish me luck thou!

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Points run from date of offence, not date of conviction.


IN10 is 6 - 8 points, normally 6

LC20 is 3 0 6 points, normally 3


You are required to surrender both your provisional licence and. if you have one, your test certificate. Your driving test pass will be revoked (this is covered under schedule 1 of the New Drivers Act).


You will need to take both tests again - after your conviction - in order to gain a full licence. This full licence will not be subject to the revocation rules, but your points will be on it for 'totting-up' purposes

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