A number of months ago I was disqualified from driving. However, I have recently been offered some work involving driving, which I am under pressure to accept, due to financial strain. What are the consequences for me driving while disqualified, or is there any way I can apply to the court to get my driving licence restored early.
There are a number of types of disqualifications most of which are handed down by the courts, with the exception of a Penalty Point Disqualification which is handed down by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
First, it is never recommended to drive on a disqualified licence whether it be for work or otherwise as you will face a large fine and will likely be jailed. If you are driving for your work while on a disqualified licence you can face a fine of up to €5,000 and be jailed for up to 6 months. If you are driving outside of work on a disqualified licence you can face a fine of up to €2,000 and a jail sentence.
If you appeal the sentence within 14 days after the disqualification it may be possible to keep your licence. However, if this 14 day window closes you will not be able to drive on your licence. You can apply to the courts to have your licence restored early after paying an appropriate fee unless the disqualification is under 2 years or it is not your first disqualification in the last ten years.
In order to restore your licence you must go to court. The disqualification can be reduced to two- thirds of the original period or to a 2 year disqualification – usually whichever is longer. Therefore, if your licence is disqualified for a 6 year period initially, the minimum disqualification period is 4 years, two thirds of the original period. It is recommended you contact your solicitor if you have any queries in relation to this matter before attempting to apply to the courts.