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Losing Your Licence

For some motoring offences, a driving ban (losing your licence) is mandatory whilst for others it is discretionary depending on the severity of the offence.

Will I lose my licence for drink driving?
Yes. A driving ban is mandatory. You will receive a 12 month driving ban, or a three year ban if you have already been convicted of the same offence in the last 10 years.

What are the drink driving limits?
Breathalyzer limit - 35mg per 100ml
Blood alohol limit - 80mg per 100ml
Urine alcohol limit - 107mg per 100ml


Will I lose my licence for speeding?
Usually the answer is no, as long as the speeding was not excessive and as long as the points you get don't take you over the limit. Normally a speeding conviction by way of a fixed penalty notice attracts 3 penalty points and a £60 fine. If you however get 12 points on your licence then you will lose your licence.


New Driver Act
Under the New Driver Act, if you get 6 points on your licence within the first two years of passing your test, you then revert to provisional status. This means that you have to take the theory and practical tests again and have to be supervised by a full licence holder in the same way as a learner driver.