What is Exceptional Hardship?
The law stipulates that Exceptional Hardship must only be found in ‘exceptional’ cases and must be more than the hardship that most drivers will obviously suffer if disqualified. Many drivers may risk losing their job if disqualified but this is often not enough. Magistrates and Judges will usually only find Exceptional Hardship if a loss of licence will affect others (such as colleagues or family members) if they are disqualified.
Any driver wishing to make a plea in mitigation of Exceptional Hardship will need to give evidence of their hardship on oath and evidence will need to be provided of the hardship.
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