In certain circumstances the Court may permit a person who has lost their licence or been disqualified from driving for a period of time to hold an Extraordinary Drivers Licence (‘EDL”).

In order to be granted an EDL, an Applicant must satisfy the court that:

  1. they or a family member will be unable to get urgent medical treatment for an existing illness, disease or disability
  2. it will take away the main source of earning money and cause an undue financial burden on the applicant or their family, or
  3. the applicant or someone in their family has no other practicable means of transport for getting to and from work.

Applications for an EDL can be made after 6 months of being disallowed from driving and proceed to Hearing before a Magistrate. Applications should be filed with a supporting affidavit setting out the Applicant's circumstances which meet the criteria in the Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Act.

If granted, the EDL may be subject to certain onerous conditions such as restricted hours of permitted use, limitations on vehicles permitted to be driven, and the purposes for which you are permitted to drive.

Filing fees and waiting periods apply. Our lawyers can advise whether you are eligible for an Extraordinary Drivers Licence, and help to give your application the best possible chance of success.

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