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Can You Appeal a Revoked Driving Licence?
Being able to drive can be a fundamental requirement for many of us and if a driving licence is revoked it can cause extreme difficulties with day-to-day life.
If you have had your driving license revoked and you believe that this was done wrongfully, you have the right to appeal to the Magistrates’ Court.
You are advised to act promptly if your licence is revoked as there is a time limit for raising an appeal.
At Renshaw Derrick, our experienced motoring solicitors can represent you in making an appeal. We have a high level of expertise in dealing with DVLA appeals and a proven track record of success in securing the reinstatement of driving licences for our clients.
We only cover cases in Dorset and Hampshire. We charge a fixed fee payable in two parts. £750 plus VAT for written appeals to the DVLA. A further £750 plus VAT is payable if the appeal has t be listed at the Magistrates Court. The fees do not include disbursements such as experts reports.
If the DVLA has revoked your driving licence and you would like to talk to us, we will be happy to hear from you. We understand how important your licence is and we will do all we can to ensure that it is reinstated.
How we can help if your driving licence has been revoked
With a DVLA revoked driving licence, it is advisable to ask a solicitor to help to ensure that your appeal is as strong as possible.
Our driving licence appeal solicitors offer a full service, including:
- Advice on the options open to you in light of the reasons why your licence has been revoked
- Making initial written representations on your behalf to the DVLA asking them to reconsider the revocation
- Appeal to the Magistrates’ Court
- Preparing a strong case on your behalf to be presented to the court
- Representing you at court during your driving licence appeal
Your questions about how to appeal a revoked driving licence
Why could a driving licence be revoked?
The Secretary of State for Transport, acting through the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency or DVLA, has the power to refuse or revoke a driving licence on certain grounds, including for medical reasons, where a driver is likely to be a source of danger to others.
Certain medical conditions and disabilities are notifiable, meaning that the DVLA must be informed. These include diabetes, heart conditions, epilepsy, strokes and glaucoma. You will also need to surrender your licence if your doctor tells you to stop driving for three months or more or if you have a medical condition that means you do not meet the required driving standards.
The DVLA may also rely on information provided by a third party, such as the police, a court, a doctor, a family member or an insurer in revoking a driving licence. A licence may also be revoked if you have been involved in an accident or convicted of a drink or drug-related offence.
Is there a right to appeal a driving licence revoked unfairly?
If your driving licence is revoked, you have a right to appeal. There is a time limit of six months from the date on which your licence was revoked in which to start an appeal. The date will be included on the notice of revocation that you receive.
How does the DVLA revoke a driving licence?
The DVLA will investigate whether you are able to drive safely before revoking your licence. This can include making enquiries of your doctor and anyone else with information relating to your abilities.
Using the information provided, the DVLA will decide whether you are safe to drive or whether to revoke your licence.
You may be able to take a driving assessment to demonstrate that you are able to drive.
What do I do if the DVLA revoked my driving licence?
You can initially make a written appeal to the DVLA setting out why you believe your licence should be reinstated. We can advise you of the best approach and whether you have strong grounds for requesting a review of the decision.
We can put together the strongest possible request on your behalf, including all available evidence in support.
The DVLA’s medical panel will consider the request. We understand the key issues that they will consider, and we can ensure that your appeal provides the necessary documentation to allow them to fully understand your situation.
If this request is not successful, then you have the right to make an appeal to the Magistrates’ Court. We can put together a robust case on your behalf, including the best available evidence in support.
We will receive a date for the hearing, which will enable us to put together the necessary paperwork in plenty of time.
We can advise you on the strengths and weaknesses of your case and where necessary, guide you as to what evidence could be secured to further support your application. This could be a medical report, statements from individuals able to speak on your behalf, letters of reference and evidence in respect of any changes that you have made or that have happened in respect of your medical condition.
The documentation will be provided to the DVLA prior to the hearing for them to consider. In some cases, we may be able to persuade them to reinstate your licence on the grounds of the evidence provided, without the need for a hearing.
If your case at the Magistrates’ Court does go ahead, we will prepare you for the hearing and attend with you to represent you, ensuring that you have the support and guidance you need. We understand that this is likely to be stressful and our solicitors will stay by your side to help for the duration of your appeal.
Why choose our driving licence revocation solicitors?
Renshaw Derrick is a leading firm in the Bournemouth and Dorset area for motoring and driving licence matters. If you ask us to deal with the loss of your driving licence, we guarantee that you will be represented by a solicitor with specific expertise in motoring issues.
Our advice and representation are based on years of experience in the sector and a sound understanding of the way in which the DVLA appeals system works. We have advocacy rights and can speak on your behalf in court, should your case proceed that far.
We know that losing your driving licence can be upsetting and disruptive and our team will work proactively to try to resolve matters.
Renshaw Derrick is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Get in touch with our motoring lawyers in Bournemouth, Dorset, today
Our driving offence solicitors understand how vital it can be to have a DVLA revoked driving licence reinstated. They have in-depth experience with the DVLA appeals process and how best to prepare a strong case.