Special Reasons

The law regarding special reasons is complex and vast. We would suggest that you would require specialist representation in most cases should you wish to advance special reasons to avoid a disqualification from driving.

Special reasons can be put forward to avoid disqualification from driving for drink driving cases and it is also possible to put them forward for other endorsable offences in order to stop the Court imposing penalty points.

Kellocks have particular experience in advancing special reasons applications on behalf of its clients and we will make it clear to you from the outset whether or not such an application is worth pursuing.

The Law

Section 34 Road Traffic Act 1988

Where a person is convicted of an offence involving obligatory disqualification, the Court must order him to be disqualified for such period not less than 12 months as the Court thinks fit unless the Court for special reasons think fit to order him to be disqualified for a shorter period or not to order him to be disqualified.

The definition of “Special Reasons” has been refined by case law over the years and our expert team of motoring lawyers can guide you through this process.

What am I looking at?

The purpose of advancing special reasons is to avoid a mandatory disqualification from driving or to avoid the imposition of penalty points, for example in relation to an allegation that you were driving without insurance.

Is Legal Aid available?

It depends. We have managed to secure Legal Aid for clients where special reasons arguments needed to be advanced as it is recognised that this is a complex area of law. If your case satisfies the “interests of justice” test and you are financially eligible, Legal Aid may be available for some road traffic allegations.

Contact us now and we can provide you with expert advice regarding Legal Aid eligibility or a fixed fee to provide representation.