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I am accompanying a colleague to court tomorrow for a magistrates

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I am accompanying a colleague to court tomorrow for a magistrates hearing for a speeding offence. He has been prosecuted before for speeding but was spared a ban due to exceptional hardship, and is pretty certain he will be banned this time. The exceptional hardship conditions still apply along with more which involve his volunteer community work with myself. He won't engage a solicitor and I am not sure what to expect. If he is banned from driving tomorrow are we able to put our case forward in court then? If not, can he keep driving until his case is heard? If the magistrates turn down our appeal can we take it to Crown court? Can he drive until this hearing? Many thanks.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Traffic Law
Expert:  Alex Hughes replied 1 year ago.
My name is Alex Hughes and I am a Solicitor based in London. I'm happy to help with your question today.

What points are presently endorsed on his licence? Do you know the dates of each offence the points endorsed on each occasion?

What date was the last exceptional hardship hearing?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hello Alex, many thanks for looking at this for me. He definitely has 6 points currently but may have 9 - he has lost all paperwork but thinks that 3 of the points may have expired. All he can tell me is that the points were endorsed three to four years ago. He said something about them being SP30's??? and that he had 3 points for one offence and 6 for the other. His last exceptional hardship hearing was about four years ago. I am sorry to be so vague - he is quite infuriating in his lack of attention to detail and poor memory! But he is carrying out valuable community work which faces folding if he loses his license, and he is also sole carer for his elderly and sick mother, so I would really like to help him.

Expert:  Alex Hughes replied 1 year ago.
OK no problem.

Do you know the speed he was travelling on this occasion and whether it was a 30, 40, 50 or 70 mph zone?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


He was around 70mph on a clear expressway very early in the morning, but he had just entered a 50 limit with roadworks.

Expert:  Alex Hughes replied 1 year ago.
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