It’s a fear that many of us never expect to become a reality. The idea of being banned from an everyday activity like driving is a scary one. But, it can creep up on us with ease, especially if we’re a little too keen with the throttle.
What a lot of us don’t necessarily understand is what happens after you’ve been banned. Life still goes on, so how are you supposed to continue doing the things you need to do? What if you have to drive for your job? What if there’s no-one else around to help you get to places? And, how will you be treated in the future? These are the types of questions we’ll answer today.
Age & Experience
Keep in mind that the age and experience level you have of driving will directly affect the ban. You might be surprised to hear that in some countries, just one or two offences are enough to cause a ban. As a result, those who are new to driving need to be very careful. A ban might also require people in this position to retake their test down the line.
So, what happens after the ban has been placed? It all depends on the severity level of the ban involved. If it’s speeding-related, and you only just broke the limit, you might find that you’ve got more of a chance of overturning the ban. For something more severe like reckless driving or drink driving, you’ll have no chance.
Let’s assume that the ban you have been given relates to a minor series of incidents. If you have to drive for a living, you’re going to be in a mess of a situation. Instead of being forced to leave, you might be able to find refuge with a limited licence. It’s sometimes offered in cases of hardship, but you’ll need to get the matter discussed in court. Well, you won’t actually do that…a lawyer will do it on your behalf. If you’re successful, you’ll be able to get back on the road.
You might find that in some cases, you’ll be allowed to take an awareness course. You’ll probably have to pay for the privilege, but it can result in big positives for you. Those who have a poor driving history might be able to save the ban from occurring in some instances. Or, when applying for a limited licence as mentioned above, it might sweeten the deal.
Your Insurance Will Suffer
I hate to tell you this, but your insurance will suffer going forward. The policy was expensive enough before you got the ban, but it’ll shoot up in price now. You have to look at it from the company’s point of view. In their eyes, you’re no longer trustworthy, and you’ll have to build up that trust again. It acts as an expensive lesson to encourage you not to get banned again.
If you find yourself banned, we hope the advice above will come in useful for you.