Having taken the trouble to apply for a provisional licence, and started on the road towards the UK driving test, it is important you take care of your licence especially if you want to legally drive nice cars and take your friends to a game of football or that dream pop concert without having a hefty insurance bill or the threat of losing it due to the 2 year probation period after passing the driving test.
Points on the provisional license is a question that I get asked a lot by visitors to this blog, so in this podcast I address the issue of penalty points on the learner driver's licence and how it affects your taking the driving test. The new drivers act means that if you get 6 or more points on your driving licence in the 2 years after you pass the driving test, your licence will be revoked and you will have to resit the DSA assessment, but what happens if you already have 6 points on your license? I had to call the DVLA offices in Swansea to find out the answer to this as there seemed to be some conflicting views from the local ADI community.
So can you still take the driving test if you have 6 points on your provisional licence?
According to the person I spoke to at the DVSA office, you can still take the UK driving test, and if you pass, you will be issued with a full British driving licence, but you are not allowed any additional points on your licence or it will be revoked if it occurs within 2 years of you passing the test and you still have the 6 points or more on your licence.
Penalty points on your provisional licence usually last 4 years, and you have to apply to the DVSA to have them removed (there is a fee to pay as well), they don't automatically get removed which means your insurance premiums remain high (even after passing.
If you have a question about driving in general or the DSA car/motorcycle test in particular you would like answered that hasn't been dealt with on my blog (use the search function first, and don't forget the comments section as well), then make contact via email.
As a driving instructor living and working in Mill Hill/Hendon area, by local knowledge is second to none, and I have a high pass rate for my learners and am quite affordable.
The bottom line according to the DVLA is as long as you have a provisional licence that has not been revoked and you have not been banned by the courts, then you can still take the driving test no matter how many points are on the licence, and the DSA examiner has now powers to stop you from driving including taking the test.
If you have 12 points on your driving licence full or provisional and are facing a complete ban, there are a few solicitor companies out there that might be able to help you avoid getting a ban, but this will depend on your individual circumstances, so you will need to contact them to find out if they are able to help in your case.
To listen to the audio blog about the New driver's act, and how it affects people who have passed their driving test in the last 2 years, click on the play button below.
Question: I am a learner driver, if I get caught speeding during a driving lesson, jumping red traffic lights (failing to stop), etc whilst being taught by an approved instructor, who gets the penalty points and or fine?
A: The driver of the car is primarily responsible, though the supervising driver could be charged with abetting the offence if there is evidence to support this. If the car is fitted with dual controls, then it is easy for the ADI to bring the car under control (to avoid speeding on purpose), jumping a red light can be a little more tricky as there is a safety issue if there is a close following car, though I can usually predict if a student has failed to notice a red light and doesn't intend to stop.
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