Motoring Offences

Hylton-Potts - London Based Law Firm Helping People Across the UK since 1999


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Motoring Fixed Fees
Motoring Offences/Mitigation Pack : £295 inc VAT
Drink/driving mitigation pack: £295 inc VAT
Motoring/criminal-drafting and filing appeal £295 including VAT

We defend all motoring offences, including speeding and excess alcohol, and have an excellent track record in cases involving serious accidents. We have over 25 years experience. There is no substitute for experience, coupled with speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness. Our fixed fee of £295 including VAT is very popular for those who cannot afford court representation.

Many people who face a road traffic prosecution have never been involved in the legal system before, and can feel stressed or frustrated about what is going to happen. It is our job to be there to support them, and fight on their behalf, to get the result they want.

Rodney Hylton-Potts did not get his nickname ‘Rottweiler’ by being touchy feely. We challenge breathalysers, speed cameras and lasers regularly, and have an outstanding record at saving the licences of clients who face a ban as a result of penalty points.

With us it is never just ‘another case’. We are Street fighters on your side.

We are not doctors, but know that the impact of our legal work can be as important and life changing as that of a surgeon.

We are informal and approachable, but deadly serious about helping you, just like a top surgeon.

We operate on a fixed-fee basis so you know where you stand, and you can be represented in court by a specialist advocate. We also are experts at writing to the prosecution to persuade them to drop cases or reduced charges, and writing for the court to save you having to speak for yourself, if you cannot afford an advocate. This service costs £195 including VAT, a fixed guaranteed fee.

We specialise in cases of driving without a valid licence, driving whilst disqualified, drink driving, driving whilst under the influence of drugs, careless driving, no insurance & mobile phone offences.

If you are facing a motoring charge, the best thing you can do is contact us and let us advise you on where you stand and what we can do to help you get out of trouble.

FIXED FEES:  Motoring offence mitigation  : £295 including VAT


Approximately 15% of drivers risk losing their jobs if they receive a driving ban.

200,000 driving licenses are revoked every year due to points ‘totting up’ for lesser offences.

However, with good legal representation, you can often avoid a conviction completely.

You should never plead guilty until you have spoken to us.

Better and cheaper than any London solicitor, contact us now for legal advice if you are facing a motoring offence. We can help if you have been accused of:

  • Dangerous driving
  • Failure to produce documents
  • Driving without a valid licence
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Drink driving
  • Driving whilst under the influence of drugs
  • Refusal to provide a sample
  • Careless driving
  • No insurance
  • Speeding
  • Mobile phone offences
  • Traffic light offences
  • New Driver Revocation

We can help apply to get your licence back, during a ban, and have an excellent success rate.

Using a mobile phone when driving

The Police have to prove that you were holding a mobile ‘phone and performing an ‘interactive communication function’.

That means sending or receiving a voice or written message, or email or going on the Internet.
Dictating notes into a ‘phone using it as a dictaphone is not covered.

If you have been stopped for using your mobile phone contact the expert. For more information or a free legal opinion telephone 020 3982 1940 or email

My other half was driving

My other half was driving. The couple share a car. Each driver from time to time. Month later a form arrives requiring the keeper to state who was driving.

They cannot remember despite consulting diaries. It could have been either of them.
This can result in all charges being dropped.

Millionaires Ian and Jayne Oliphant-Thompson tried this, but got in a dreadful mess and ended up both getting fines and costs of over £1500 and sharing 12 penalty points.
We can help. Come to the experts. For more information or a free legal opinion telephone 020 3982 1940 or email

If you have problems with a tachograph, or a motoring offence relating to a tachograph we can help.

We have access to excellent expert witnesses, and achieve many acquittals, and save licences if a guilty plea is inevitable or a guilty verdict found.

What are the alcohol legal limits?

80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres in blood

35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres in breath

107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres in urine

If you have been stopped for driving OR BEING in charge over the
limit consult the experts. For more information or a free legal opinion telephone 020 3982 1940 or email


We can present evidence in mitigation including medical and psychiatric evidence, and evidence from accountants to ensure that the Court has the complete picture of all the circumstances.

We are fast, efficient and cost effective.

Court Appearances

We will take you through the strength and weaknesses of your case to prepare you for hearing. We will guide you and be by your side every step of the way, and will assist you to give your evidence clearly and effectively.

We will even advise you on what to wear in Court.

Personalised number plate

If you have a problem over a personalised number plate, and for example, recovery of it from another vehicle we can help. The claim is actually the right to complete the correct form at DVLA not of course the physical plate.Consult the experts.

For more information or a free legal opinion telephone 020 3982 1940 or email

Black cab drivers/hackney carriage.

We advise black cab drivers and holders of hackney carriage licences with licensing difficulties or appeals. There is a free legal helpline 020 3982 1940 or email

Transport for London (TFL) gives licences to private hire companies like Addison Lee, or Uber, and we help many of them.

General –

Applying for a taxi driver licence –

If you have lived in a country other than the UK for one or more continuous periods of three months or more within the last three years, please download the ‘Living and working abroad’ form and submit this with your application.

Living and working abroad form

Before you can start learning the Knowledge, you need to apply to be a licensed taxi driver and have your application approved.

To apply for a licence, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must be at least 18 years old at the time of applying, although you cannot be licensed until you are 21 years old). There is no upper age limit
  • You must hold a full DVLA, Northern Ireland, or other European Economic Area state driving licence
  • You must have the right to live and work in the UK

You must meet character and medical requirements.

You must be of good character. To establish this you will be required to undertake an ‘enhanced’ criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) through – GBGroup

Taxis (black cabs) need to have a taxi vehicle licence before they can be used as a working taxi.

Information for fleet owners

Apply for a private hire driving licence

Apply for a private hire operators licence

The private hire regulations have recently changed. You should familiarise yourself with the changes before submitting your application

When you think of private hire operators you usually think of minicab offices on the high street.  However, there are many different kinds of operator including:

  • Those who only cater for social events such as prom, hen and stag nights and corporate events
  • One person operations offering a chauffeur service
  • Individuals whose principle work is as a tour guide
  • operators who only do contract work, for example school runs for a local council

Apply for a private hire vehicle licence

We operate highly competitive fixed fees. There is a free legal helpline 020 3982 1940 or email

More Information

We are better, cheaper and faster than any solicitor.

We are approachable,  no-nonsense, commercial and street wise lawyers and we are not bound by silly solicitor rules, so enabling us to obtain the best result for out clients.

Better than solicitors. For more information or a free legal opinion telephone 020 3982 1940 or email

We offer a fast and efficient service and are committed to a high level of client satisfaction. We are based in London but work countrywide.

How to escape a ban for speeding

A man escaped a driving ban after being caught speeding to his critically ill son’s bedside has received no fine and no points after being clocked at 128mph.

Lloyd Ansermoz was relaxing at home on a warm summer evening when the phone rang. It was the call every parent dreads: his son had collapsed and was to be rushed to hospital in a critical condition. Ansermoz left his home in Runcorn, Cheshire, jumped into his Mercedes and sped off towards a hospital in Sutton Coldfield, 60-odd miles away in the West Midlands. He would say later that he knew he was driving fast — probably too fast — but that his only thought was to get to his son as quickly as possible.
He may not have noticed just how fast he was going, but a speed camera on the M6 did. It clocked him driving at 128mph — a speed that would usually result in an outright ban, a hefty fine of up to £2,500 and six points on his licence.

However, Ansermoz was given an absolute discharge; he received no penalty points and no fine.

The argument used by his lawyers was the “special reasons” one. This allows drivers to claim that there were extenuating circumstances surrounding their crime that should be taken into account. If the court accepts there were indeed special reasons, it is then able to waive any mandatory penalty.

The clause is aimed at giving the court discretion over drivers who go over the limit in a genuine emergency.

So, what exactly constitutes “special reasons”, and how fast is too fast? According to lawyer Rodney Hylton-Potts “special reasons” is not a defence against the charge, but it allows a court the discretion not to impose the mandatory sentence.

This means that the driver will not be acquitted of the offence but can escape punishment.

There is no handy list of acceptable circumstances; instead the court is guided by a vague set of guidelines laid down by the Court of Appeal. Drivers must show that the situation was unforeseen and, in the little time that they have, they must already have explored other options, such as calling the emergency services.

It is not just the courts that can take a driver’s circumstances into account. In the Home Office’s Revised Guidance on the Operation of the Fixed Penalty System for Offences in Respect of a Vehicle, police forces are advised: “An officer will at all times consider the circumstances of the offence when reaching a decision whether to take no further action, give a verbal warning . . . complete an FPN [fixed penalty notice] or report for summons, bearing in mind any mitigating or exacerbating factors which may be present.”

Public Carriage Office (PCO)

If you have had your Public Carriage Office licence, revoked or wish to appeal a decision look no further. We are experts and have helped many London Private Hire Drivers successfully appeal decisions and successfully appeal to the Court.

Speed Awareness Course

Contact us by phone or email for a free expert opinion.  We can assist for a fixed fee of £295 including VAT.

If you have a motoring problem, including speeding, and keeping your licence is important, consult the experts.

For more information or a free legal opinion telephone 020 3982 1940 or email

A guide to penalty points – click here to download

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

If a police record or other database reflected on the DBS is not accurate, and it is causing you difficulty we can help.

We are experts at handling DBS disputes and complaints and taking steps to correct incorrect data.

This can be important when working with children or in relation to a Public Carriage Office licence or other position.

Hylton- Potts can help with problems like this. We operate from London offices but help clients all over the country at highly competitive fixed fees.

There is an office hours free confidential hotline 020 3982 1940 and a 24-hour free confidential email legal help service