Banned From Driving? Here's What Happens Next

Posted by Ben Davidson about 4 years ago
So, you’ve been banned from driving. There are various reasons why you might be banned from getting back into the driver’s seat, but it will most likely be because of a serious traffic or driving offence.

Now that you have been given your ban, you are probably going through a lot of different emotions. You will no doubt be angry at yourself for making such a big mistake, and you might also feel upset and embarrassed. However, no matter how emotional you might be, it is also important that you try and keep a level head so that you can figure out what to do now. Not being able to drive might affect your ability to carry on with your employment. It could also have a very negative effect on your social and home life. 

It can be very confusing trying to figure out how to move on from this driving ban. It will be possible, though, and with a little effort, you will be able to change your lifestyle so that you can successfully adapt. 

Read on to find out what you need to do and keep in mind.

There Might Be Ways You Can Avoid The Ban

There are some ways you can try and avoid the ban. Firstly, hiring a lawyer can help you in court. The lawyer will know exactly which stops to pull out to try and get you off clean. However, this can be quite costly and is sometimes unnecessary for minor offences, such as speeding and parking offences. If you have committed a minor or medium then you might be able to take a driver improvement course to escape the ban. These courses vary in length, but they are certainly worth taking if it means you can continue to drive without a ban!

Find Out The Duration Of Your Ban

There are different lengths for driving bans depending on the severity of your crime. If this is your first offence, then you should only be banned for around six months. However, if you are convicted of a second driving offence after already serving a ban for another one, then you will be given a much longer ban. A third conviction, or being involved in a very serious driving offence that results in injury or death, will lead to you serving a ban that could last up to a couple of years. In some very severe cases, you might even be banned from driving for life. 

Your Ban Begins Straight Away

When you are given a driving ban, you might need to wait a few weeks to find out exactly how long you can’t drive for. However, you can’t continue to drive until you hear about the length of your ban. The ban is enforced straight away once you are issued with it. This means that you need to consider how you will get home from the court. After all, if you are issued with a driving ban, there is no way you will be driving home! So, it is a good idea to get someone to take you and bring you home from the court. Alternatively, take public transport if there are good links to the court. That way, you don’t have to leave your car there is you do drive yourself and get issued with a ban!

This Doesn’t Normally Affect Your Criminal Record

Lots of people worry that their driving ban will be on their record for life, and it will give them a criminal record. Thankfully, though, this isn’t always the case. If you are caught speeding, running a red light, or committing any other minor offence, then you don’t have to worry about being left with a criminal record. But that isn’t the case with every driving offence. You might need to contact a lawyer if you cause a serious crash that results in injury or death. That is because these serious cases will be taken care of in a main court of law. In these instances, if you are banned from driving and found responsible for the court, then you will come away with a criminal record. That’s not all, though, but the other party involved in the accident might want to go ahead and sue you, which could be financially draining.

A Ban Covers All Vehicles

Some people believe that they are still able to drive motorbikes and mopeds if they are ever banned from driving a car. However, this isn’t the case at all. Once you receive a ban for driving cars, you are also forbidden from driving any other vehicles that you had a license for.

Inform Your Employer

Once you do receive a driving ban, you will need to let your employer know. It is your responsibility to tell your employer about the ban as the court will not inform them for you. If you are tried in a public court, then the local press might pick up on your conviction and they could report on it in the local newspaper or on local news broadcasts. As a courtesy, you should inform your employer before they find out through the local press. Of course, you won’t automatically lose your job after receiving a driving ban - that is completely up to your employer. If you drive for a living - such as a truck driver or a postman - then your job might be at risk. However, if driving isn’t a part of your day to day tasks, then you might be able to keep your job. If your driving ban is serious enough that it creates a criminal record for you, then this record could result in you losing your job. 


Consider A Foreign Driving License If You Go Abroad

Once you are given a driving ban, you will need to give up your license. As you won’t have your license, you will be unable to rent or drive a car abroad with it. However, that won’t stop you from applying for a new license abroad. This might sound like a lot of work and effort, but at least it means that you will be able to drive if you go abroad. Some people choose to go to countries like Australia or New Zealand for a year or so as they weight for their driving ban to come to an end. In order to get work or enjoy their time overseas, they can then apply for a foreign driving license. So, rather than struggle with a driving ban at home, moving abroad for a few months or a year might be very appealing to you. 

You Might Need To Retake Your Driving Test

If you are only banned for six months, you will be given your license back as soon as the ban comes to an end. You’ll then be able to drive again straight away without any problems. However, if your ban has been for longer than six months, you will need to retake your driving test again. That means, you will need to go back to square one and take your theory as well as your practical test. Once you do pass your test and get your license back, you will then be considered as a new driver. All the restrictions that apply to new drivers will now apply to you as well, no matter how long you had been driving for before your ban. 



Shop For Cheaper Insurance

One major problem that faces drivers after a ban is that their insurance premiums will shoot right up. This can make your return to driving very expensive indeed. However, there are some things that you can do to try and make your premiums slightly more affordable. Firstly, taking a driving improvement course can show that you are now a much safer driver, and this can reassure your insurance provider. Secondly, you might want to change your car. Some cars are seen as safer than others, so insurance providers can often insure these for reasonable prices. So, if you have previously driven sporty cars, then you might want to swap your sports car for a slower model. Cars that are aimed at families often come with the most state of the art security and safety features, so driving one of these could bring down your insurance premiums by quite some way!

Try To Have A Positive Mental Attitude

Getting banned from driving can be very disheartening and can really affect your confidence. So, it’s important that you try and keep a positive mental attitude while you are waiting for your ban to pass. After all, your ban will most likely be for only a limited time, so it is not like you will be unable to drive forever. By staying positive, you will be in a better frame of mind to think about how you can change your lifestyle so that you can adapt to the driving ban.

Hopefully, all of these points in this blog post have given you plenty of food for thought. They should help you deal with a driving ban.

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