9th January 2020

The Queen’s first granddaughter Zara Tindall received a driving disqualification from Cheltenham Magistrates Court yesterday, 8 January 2020, for a total of six months for speeding in November 2019.

Mrs Tindall was recorded driving at 91mph in a 70mph zone in Gloucestershire. Whilst this would not automatically result in a driving disqualification, Mrs Tindall already had 9 penalty points on her licence when this offence was committed. She received four penalty points for this speeding offence and was disqualified under the “totting up” procedure, which means that having 12 or more points on her licence made the disqualification mandatory. She was also handed a fine, court costs and a Victim Surcharge totalling £817. Mrs Tindall is a brand ambassador for Land Rover and was driving her own Land Rover at the time of the offence.

Much fuss has been made in the media of Mrs Tindall’s lack of attendance at her Court hearing where she was legally represented. Given the nature of the offence (an offence that is not so serious it could be sent to the Crown Court and can only be dealt with in the Magistrates Court) her legal representative attending in her place is not unusual and is not special treatment of the royal family member.

Blog by Sophie Cohen, Criminal Defence Solicitor