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Reasons why a court might decide not to impose a period of mandatory disqualification or not to endorse a driver's licence with penalty points (s 34(2), Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988). A special reason is one which is a mitigating circumstance, is not a defence to the charge in law, is directly connected with the circumstances in which the offence was committed and not to the personal circumstances of the driver, and is a factor which the court ought properly to take into consideration. In the Crown Court, special reasons hearings are held by a judge alone.

Subjects: Law.

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