Once an application has been lodged with the court a hearing will be fixed. This is the opportunity for the disqualified driver to make representations to the court in support of the application. Any additional information can be put before the court at this time. The Crown can also make representations before the court which may or may not support the application. This largely depends on the terms of the police report.
The application can be granted, refused or continued for further information. In coming to a decision the court will have regard to a number of factors, including:
The character of the person making the application and their conduct since the period of disqualification was imposed;The nature and circumstances of the original offence that led to disqualification;The reasons given for early removal of disqualification; andAny other circumstances relevant to the application.
If the application is refused there is no right of appeal, but a fresh application can be made after a period of 3 months. If the application is granted the person making the application must apply to DVLA for return of their licence before they start driving again.