Driving Without A Licence

No Licence Offences

It would be reasonable to expect driving without a valid licence to be serious driving offences, but as with all things legal this isn’t always the case!

Disqualified Versus Never Passing a Driving Test

In law there is a huge difference between driving if you have been disqualified by a court and if you have never passed a test for the vehicle you are driving.

If you defy a court that has disqualified you from driving then you face the very real prospect of imprisonment. This is because you are defying a court instruction and they take a very dim view of this.

If however, you are caught driving a vehicle for which you don’t have an entitlement, for instance, driving a manual vehicle when you have only passed a test for an automatic vehicle then you will face 3 penalty points.

There are additionally some circumstances where there are no penalty points attached and the offence is non-endorsable, these include circumstances where you may have been revoked or had your entitlement suspended but were unaware for whatever reason.

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Driving having never passed the specific test for the vehicle and circumstances is a lesser offence and attracts 3 points for the majority of offences.

Repeat offences are considered serious by courts and should be avoided.