Penalty Points System
For the vast majority of driving offences, the punishment will consist of a fine and penalty points. Although the number of points is fixed for many offences, on others such as speeding, there is specified range, with the Court having discretion as to the number of points to impose, taking into account the circumstances of both the offence and the Defendant.
Accumulation of 6 penalty points within the first 2 years of holding a full licence will lead to revocation under The New Drivers Act, whilst reaching 12 penalty points in any 3 year period, would normally result in a totting up ban.
Do all motoring offences carry penalty points?
No, but the majority of offences do. The minimum awarded will be 2 points, the maximum is 10 but in some cases, immediate disqualification is recommended/mandatory.
How long do penalty points stay on my licence?
Penalty points are effective for 3 years from the date of conviction (which is the date of the offence for Fixed Penalty Notices) but remain on your licence for 4 years.
How do I get penalty points removed?
You can apply to the DVLA to have points removed from your licence after 4 years.
How many penalty points can I get before I am banned?
Under current legislation, you will be disqualified under the "totting up" procedure if you amass 12 points within any 3 year period. However, the rules are different for new drivers. Any driver who amasses 6 points within the first 2 years of passing their test will have their licence revoked.
Is disqualification compulsory at 12 penalty points?
No, although it is "mandatory", there are exceptions. You may be able to retain your licence if you have special circumstances, and are able to justify a submission of exceptional hardship. Please refer to our related pages: Totting Up and Exceptional Hardship, for further information.
What if I am disqualified for a single offence?
If you are disqualified for less than 56 days (normally for speeding or similar) your licence will be returned confirming the date the disqualification ends and on that date, your licence is valid again without any further test being required. It is important to note that when a discretionary/instant ban is imposed, the driver's licence cannot be endorsed with penalty points as well.
How many points will I receive for a motoring offence?
|AC10||Failing to stop after an accident||5–10|
|AC20||Failing to give particulars or to report an accident within 24 hours||5–10|
|AC30||Undefined accident offences||4–9|
|BA10||Driving whilst disqualified by order of court||6|
|BA30||Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court||6|
|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 through 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|
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 breaks, 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|IN10||Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks||6–8|
|LC20||Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence||3–6|
|LC30||Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence||3–6|
|LC40||Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability||3–6|
|LC50||Driving after a licence has been revoked or refused on medical grounds||3–6|
|MS10||Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position||3|
|MS20||Unlawful pillion riding||3|
|MS30||Play street offences||2|
|MS40||Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight or refusing to submit to a test||3|
|MS50||Motor racing on the highway||3–11|
|MS60||Offences not covered by other codes||As appropriate|
|MS70||Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight||3|
|MS80||Refusing to submit to an eyesight test||3|
|MS90||Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc||6|
|MW10||Contravention of Special Roads Regulations (excluding speed limits)||3|
|PC10||Undefined Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations||3|
|PC20||Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations with moving vehicle||3|
|PC30||Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations with stationary vehicle||3|
|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|
|SP60||Undefined speed limit offence||3|
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|
|TS70||Undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign||3|
|TT99||To signify a disqualification under totting–up procedure. If the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years, the driver is liable to be disqualified|
Theft or Unauthorised Taking
|UT50||Aggravated taking of a vehicle||3–11|