Steve Coogan Avoids Full Driving Ban

“Back of the net!” a catchphrase associated with Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan’s best known character probably best sums up how he feels following his appearance at Crawley Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Coogan was before the Court to argue that to disqualify him from driving as a ‘totter’ would cause exceptional hardship to production staff at Baby Cow productions who will be assisting him with a new series of Alan Partridge to be screened later this year.

Coogan already had nine points on his driving licence, and, by committing this offence which carries three penalty points meant the Court had to consider whether or not to disqualify him as a ‘totter’.

The law states that anyone who accrues 12 penalty points within a three year period will be disqualified from driving for a minimum of six months unless they can successfully argue that the ban would cause ’exceptional hardship’.

If exceptional hardship is found the ban can then be reduced to less than six months or not imposed at all. In Coogan’s case the disqualification was reduced to two months to allow him to start production in October.

Such an application to the Court often requires a lot of preparation to make sure the correct argument is advanced with supporting evidence, something I have great experience of preparing.

So, in summary, ‘Knowing me Knowing you’ is the best I can do to help keep you on the road!