Minicab driver avoids disqualification due to "exceptional hardship" despite accumulating 12 points

Updated: Nov 29, 2020

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A minicab driver who almost hit a marked police car when his vehicle swerved across lanes - all while holding his mobile phone, has avoided disqualification after applying for exceptional hardship.

The unnamed driver was caught by Surrey Police in April, when he was found to already have accumulated 9 points on his driver's licence.

During the court hearing, which took place on Friday 27 November, the driver was issued 3 penalty points to his licence, as well as ordered to pay fines, costs and surcharges, amounting to a total of £203.

Fortunately for the driver, the judge did not order for him to face a disqualification despite having 12 points on his licence, this was because he applied for exceptional hardship.

A judge can consider exceptional hardship if it means the driver would not be able to work and earn a living due to a disqualification.

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