Driving offence

UK driving offence codes and penalty points

Every driving offence means endorsements and points on your driving licence. Slater and Gordon’s expert driving offence lawyers explain what all of the codes mean and how many points they come with.

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What do the offence codes on my licence mean?

Whenever you’re convicted of a motoring offence – from speeding to using your mobile phone – you’ll be required to surrender your driving licence in order to have offence codes and penalty points added to it. It is important to understand what these codes mean for a number of reasons.

Firstly, offence codes for four-year endorsements remain active for three years, but won’t be removed from your licence until four years have passed. Eleven-year endorsements remain active for 10 years, but stay on your licence for 11 years.

This is important, because insurers and employers may penalise you for these endorsements throughout a four-year endorsement, and for the first five years of an eleven-year endorsement, or the first 30 months if you were below the age of 18 at the time of conviction.

If you need to know more about endorsements on your licence, and how long they may be taken into account by a court in the case of further driving offences, call us on 0330 041 5869, or contact us and we’ll call you.

UK driving offence codes & penalty points

Disqualified driver

BA10: Driving while disqualified by order of Court. Six points. 

Careless driving

CD20: Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users. Three to nine points.

CD40: Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink. Three to 11 points.

CD80: Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving. Three to 11 points. 

Construction & use offences

CU30: Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s). Three points.

CU80: Using a mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle. Six points. 

Drink or drugs offences

DR10: Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above the limit. Three to 11 points.

DR40: In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit. Ten points.

DR60: Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive. 10 points.

DR80: Driving or attempting to drive a vehicle when unfit through drugs. Three to 11 points.

Insurance offences

IN10: Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks. Six to eight points. 

Miscellaneous offences

MS90: Failure to give information as to identity of driver. Six points. 

Speed limits

SP10: Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits. Three to six points.

SP 30: Exceeding the statutory speed limit on a public road. Three to six points.

SP 50: Exceeding the speed limit on a motorway. Three to six points. 

Traffic direction & signs

TS 10: Failing to comply with traffic light signals. Three points.

TS50: Failing to comply with a traffic sign: excluding stop signs, traffic lights or double white lines. Three points. 

Special code

TT99:  Signifies disqualification under 'totting-up' procedure. i.e. the driver has been disqualified due to reaching 12 or more penalty points within a three year period.

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