Provisional driving licence, points, and test

Recently I have been getting a lot of queries about penalty points on learner's provisional licences and how it affects their ability to take the UK driving test.

First of all I'm amazed at the number of learner drivers who have points on their provisional licences, and I begin to wonder what their supervising drivers where doing (or maybe they were not being supervised)! You should be aware that if you are supervising a learner driver, and he/she breaks the law, that you could also be prosecuted for aiding and abetting.

Back to the question about points on provisional licences and the driving test, here are some facts you need to know.

1. Any points added to your provisional licence will stay on for a minimum of 4 years.

2. There is no driving course or any other means of getting points off your licence, they can only be removed after the statutory time has expired.

3. Points are not automatically removed from licences, you have to apply to the DVLA and pay a fee for the points to be removed.

4. Points on your licence will not stop you from taking the driving test, but if you have more than 6 points on your provisional licence, then are not allowed any more offences or your licence will be revoked under the new drivers act! The DVLA, will automatically contact you via a letter advising that you are once again a learner and need to pass the driving test again.

5. 12 points or more on any UK driving licence means a ban.

6. Points on driving licence usually results in higher insurance premiums

So for all you provisional driving licence holders out there, drive carefully, don't break the law otherwise it is going to cost you in time and money to get your full driving licence.

More Reading
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