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(a)a person is convicted of an offence [F1to which this subsection applies], and
(b)the penalty points to be taken into account on that occasion number twelve or more,
the court must order him to be disqualified for not less than the minimum period unless the court is satisfied, having regard to all the circumstances, that there are grounds for mitigating the normal consequences of the conviction and thinks fit to order him to be disqualified for a shorter period or not to order him to be disqualified.
[F2(1A)Subsection (1) above applies to—
(a)an offence involving discretionary disqualification and obligatory endorsement, and
(b)an offence involving obligatory disqualification in respect of which no order is made under section 34 of this Act.]
(2)The minimum period referred to in subsection (1) above is—
(a)six months if no previous disqualification imposed on the offender is to be taken into account, and
(b)one year if one, and two years if more than one, such disqualification is to be taken into account;
and a previous disqualification imposed on an offender is to be taken into account if it [F3was for a fixed period of 56 days or more and was imposed] within the three years immediately preceding the commission of the latest offence in respect of which penalty points are taken into account under section 29 of this Act.
(3)Where an offender is convicted on the same occasion of more than one offence [F4to which subsection (1) above applies]—
(a)not more than one disqualification shall be imposed on him under subsection (1) above,
(b)in determining the period of the disqualification the court must take into account all the offences, and
(c)for the purposes of any appeal any disqualification imposed under subsection (1) above shall be treated as an order made on the conviction of each of the offences.
(4)No account is to be taken under subsection (1) above of any of the following circumstances—
(a)any circumstances that are alleged to make the offence or any of the offences not a serious one,
(b)hardship, other than exceptional hardship, or
(c)any circumstances which, within the three years immediately preceding the conviction, have been taken into account under that subsection in ordering the offender to be disqualified for a shorter period or not ordering him to be disqualified.
(5)References in this section to disqualification do not include a disqualification imposed under section 26 of this Act or [F5section 147 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000][F6or section 223A or 436A of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975 (offences committed by using vehicles) or a disqualification imposed in respect of an offence of stealing a motor vehicle, an offence under section 12 or 25 of the Theft Act 1968, an offence under section 178 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, or an attempt to commit such an offence].
[F7(5A)The preceding provisions of this section shall apply in relation to a conviction of an offence committed by aiding, abetting, counselling, procuring, or inciting to the commission of, an offence involving obligatory disqualification as if the offence were an offence involving discretionary disqualification.]
(6)In relation to Scotland, references in this section to the court include the district court.
(7)This section is subject to section 48 of this Act.
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