Drinkdriving.org - Sentencing, information and forums - the webs number one drink driving resource
Drink Driving in the UK Drink Driving in the UK
Drunk Driving - DUI in the USA
Cheap Convicted Driver Insurance Quotes

FREE LEGAL ADVICE



Dont Drink and Drive!!

New Drivers Act & Drink Driving

Renewing Your Driving License After A Drink Driving Ban

The new drivers act applies to any driver from Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the European Community, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Gibraltar.

New Drivers probationary period

Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995

Probationary period

All new drivers who pass their driving tests will have a probationary period of 2 years from the date they pass their driving test.

Revocation of driving licence

When any new driver is convicted of an offence within the two years probationary period after passing their driving test and that offence carries an obligatory driving licence endorsement that results in the new driver accumulating 6 penalty points or more on their drivers licence, their driving licence will be revoked by the secretary of state.

Re-take driving test

If a new drivers driving licence is revoked under the new drivers act, they will have to apply for a provisional driving licence, pass their theory and practical driving tests and claim their test pass all over again.

Drink driving offences and the new drivers act

Drink driving offences where disqualification is obligatory

If a new driver is convicted of:

These are all offences where disqualification is obligatory. They will NOT have their drivers licence revoked under the new drivers act because of the disqualification imposed upon conviction of these offences. The new drivers act only applies IF the new driver accumulates 6 penalty points or more on their driving licence within the 2 year probationary period.

Drink driving offences where disqualification is NOT obligatory

If a new driver is convicted of:

These are all offences for which disqualification is NOT obligatory, however a disqualification MAY be imposed. If no disqualification is imposed then 10 penalty points MUST be imposed. This means that any new driver convicted of any of these offences that does not receive a disqualification will receive 10 penalty points and will have their driving licence automatically revoked under the new drivers act.

Click here for more information on the new drivers act



Magistrates have the discretion to order any person convicted of drink drink driving related offences to re-take their driving test regardless of the new drivers act.

The discretion to order a re-test is likely to be exercised where there is evidence of inexperience, incompetence or infirmity, or the disqualification period is lengthy (ie a number of years)