You could be banned from driving for any type of driving offence if a court deems it appropriate. Alternatively, if you get 12 or more penalty points (totting up) within 3 years you could face a ban.
Bans can last from 6 months for first time offences up to 2 years for repeat offenders. The court will decide how long the disqualification will last, based on how serious they think the offence is.
Remember that if you’re disqualified for 56 days or more you must apply for a new licence before driving again. You might also have to retake your driving test or take an extended driving test before getting your new licence. The court will tell you if you have to do this.
For new drivers the rules are different. Your licence will be revoked if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your test. If your licence is revoked you’ll have to apply and pay for a new provisional licence and pass both theory and practical parts of the driving or riding test again.
The effect on your insurance
It really is important to let your insurer know about any convictions. Insurers calculate premiums based on your driving record and are likely to determine that you are higher risk as a result of your offence. As the offence stays on your licence for at least four years, you could expect to pay more throughout this period.
Drink driving offences are among the most serious in an insurers’ eyes as the potential for serious accidents is significant. To reflect this, drink driving is likely to have a significant impact on your insurance. You may also find some mainstream insurers refuse to insure you and those that do may demand hefty premiums