Many motoring offences carry a MANDATORY BAN as a penalty. This means that even if your life depends on your ability to drive, no pleading with the court to be lenient with you will do any good at all.
Unlike “Exceptional Hardship” which is an argument to persuade the Magistrates to impose a lesser penalty where someone is at risk of a “totting up” ban, “Special Reasons” have nothing to do with your personal circumstances.
Special Reasons, if accepted, could enable the court to impose a punishment of penalty points in place of a mandatory period of disqualification or to impose no penalty points at all in cases where the punishment would normally attract points. So you would still be found guilty of an offence but there would be a special reason found as to why you should not receive the usual penalty for that offence.
Special Reasons can apply to any offence but must meet the following criteria:
- The reason must be mitigating or extenuating circumstance;
- It must not amount to a defence;
- It must be directly connected to the commission of the offence, and
- The reason must be one that the court ought properly take into account when imposing punishment.