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Guide to Penalty Points/Endorsement offence codes

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Penalty Points System

Penalty points can only be added to your licence where allowed by statute.  The most common example nowadays is penalty points for speeding, which range from 3 to 6. The general rule is that the penalty points remain active for 3 years.  The DVLA approach requires the record of points to be kept on the licence for at least 4 years.  After that you can apply to the DVLA to have those points removed.

There are some exceptions to the general rule, the main one being drink driving convictions, which remain active on your licence for 10 years. It is also important to remember that the Court can legitimately look at your entire driving history when punishing you for any road traffic offence no matter how old the conviction is!  That is why it is important to always fight any allegation where possible.    

Penalty Points UK

Points can only be added to a UK licence or to a licence for a country where there is a reciprocal arrangement.  New laws are being introduced to expand this, but at the moment most foreign driving licences cannot have points added to them.

Totting

Traditionally this was a system whereby consistently bad drivers would end up disqualified from driving. Should you accumulate 12 penalty points or more on your licence over any 3 year period then you can be disqualified from driving (usually for 6 months).  People falling into this category are generally known as "totters". The ban is not mandatory, so it is possible to argue you should not be disqualified despite having 12 or more points. It can also sometimes be better to accept a short ban for an offence than have the points and be disqualified under the totting-up procedure. This can be a risky strategy and we do not recommend you try it without proper legal advice.

The Guide

The following is a guide to the main motoring offence codes and number of motoring offence penalty points a court may impose for offences, but does not reflect the fact that some offences may incur a disqualification.

Code

Offence

Penalty points

Accident offences

AC10

Failing to stop after an accident

5-10

AC20

Failing to give particulars or to report an accident within 24 hours

5-10

Disqualified driver

BA10

Driving whilst disqualified by order of court

6

BA30

Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court

6

Careless driving

CD10

Driving without due care and attention

3-9

CD20

Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users

3-9

CD30

Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users

3-9

CD40

Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink

3-11

CD50

Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs

3-11

CD60

Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit

3-11

CD70

Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for analysis

3-11

CD71

Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for drug analysis

3-11

Construction & use offences

CU10

Using a vehicle with defective brakes

3

CU20

Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of use of unsuitable vehicle or using a vehicle with parts or accessories (excluding brakes, steering or tyres) in a dangerous condition

3

CU30

Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s)

3

CU40

Using a vehicle with defective steering

3

CU50

Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers

3

Dangerous/Reckless driving

DD40

Dangerous Driving

3-11

DD60

Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle

3-11

DD80

Causing death by dangerous driving

3-11

Drink or Drugs

DR10

Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit

3-11

DR20

Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink

3-11

DR30

Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis

3-11

DR31

Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for drug analysis

3-11

DR40

In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit

10

DR50

In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink

10

DR60

Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive

10

DR61

Failure to supply a specimen for drug analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive

10

DR70

Failing to provide specimen for breath test

4

DR80

Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs

3-11

DR90

In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs

10

Insurance offences

IN10

Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks.

6-8

Licence offences

LC20

Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence

3-6

LC40

Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability

3-6

Miscellaneous offences

MS10

Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position

3

MS20

Unlawful pillion riding

3

MS50

Motor racing on the highway

3-11

MS70

Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight

3

MS90

Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc (pre-24 September 2007)

3

MS90

Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc (24 September 2007 onwards)

6

Motorway offences

MW10

Contravention of Special Roads Regulations (excluding speed limits)

3

Pedestrian crossings

PC20

Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations with moving vehicle

3

PC30

Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations with stationary vehicle

3

Speed limits

SP10

Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits

3-6

SP20

Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles)

3-6

SP30

Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road

3-6

SP40

Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit

3-6

SP50

Exceeding speed limit on a motorway

3-6

Traffic direction and signs

TS10

Failing to comply with traffic light signals

3

TS20

Failing to comply with double white lines

3

TS30

Failing to comply with "Stop" sign

3

TS40

Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden

3

TS50

Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding - stop -signs, traffic lights or double white lines)

3

TS60

Failing to comply with a school crossing patrol sign

3

Special Code

TT99

To signify a disqualification under totting-up procedure. If the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within three years, the driver is liable to be disqualified

Theft or unauthorised taking

UT50

Aggravated taking of a vehicle

3-11

Aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring an offence

- Offences as coded, but with the end 0 changed to 2

Causing or permitting an offence to occur

- Offences as coded, but with the end 0 changed to 4

Inciting an offence

- Offences as coded, but with the end 0 changed to 6

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