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Rogue drivers should no longer escape a ban from the road simply because it would result in them losing their job, senior judges said yesterday.
In future, the only get-out for those who rack up 12 or more penalty points on their driving licences should be if disqualification would cause 'real and severe hardship'.
Guidelines - Magistrates - Sentencing - Council - Test
In proposed new guidelines for magistrates, the judge-led Sentencing Council said: 'The test is not inconvenience or hardship, but exceptional hardship for which the court must have evidence.'
Motorists who rack up 12 points because of convictions for speeding, careless driving or other motoring offences normally face a six-month ban unless they have been disqualified before, in which case it may be longer.
Crackdown - Evidence - Drivers - Ban - Magistrates
The crackdown follows evidence that a third of drivers dodge the ban by persuading local magistrates that they should keep their licence on hardship grounds.
Among those recently spared a full disqualification due to exceptional hardship was the comedian Steve Coogan.
Magistrates - August - Porsche
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