Conversely, if disqualification applies, the Court can exercise its discretion not to disqualify at all or to substantially reduce the period of disqualification. To amount to special reasons, a matter must:
The general test whether the Court may apply special reasons in relation to driving without a valid certificate of insurance is as follows:
If the Court accepts your evidence that you were being truthful and this genuine and honest belief is based upon reasonable grounds, then you should avoid having any penalty points endorsed on your licence. If convicted, you will receive between 6 to 8 penalty points, or you could even be disqualified.
In short, special reasons may succeed in the following circumstances:
A motorist may have committed an offence whilst coping with a true emergency. This could apply to driving without a valid certificate of insurance, drink driving, careless or dangerous driving and speeding.
Examples could include driving an ill relative to a hospital where there is no other alternative available, escaping a domestic violence scenario or driving at excess speed due to the threat of personal injury.
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