The Penalty Points System
The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licenses) Regulations provide that new drivers who pass their driving tests shall be granted a probationary driving licence valid for 3 calendar years, subject to a penalty point system.
For each contravention listed in the Sixth Schedule of the Regulations, penalty points shall be imposed by the Court of Magistrates or by the Commissioners for Justice, and recorded on the driver’s counterpart probationary driving licence. In such cases you shall be informed by the Authority and within 10 days you are to submit your driving licence counterpart for updating. A fresh counterpart shall then be issued free of charge.
A full driving licence for ten years is issued, upon renewal, if no penalty points are recorded or if the penalty points imposed were less than 12.
A probationary driving licence is revoked if, during the three-year probationary period, you accumulate 12 twelve penalty points or more. In such cases you shall be informed by the Authority and within 10 days you are to submit your driving licence counterpart and photocard. A fresh counterpart shall then be issued free of charge. Once revoked you may only apply for a new probationary driving licence after the expiration of three months from such revocation by starting the whole process of obtaining a licence afresh.
For further information refer to Motor Vehicles (Driving Licenses) Regulations S.L. 65.18, Regulations 36 to 41).
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