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Accident Offences

The following codes stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence. You must make your insurer aware of any offences on your licence.

AC10 Failing to stop after an accident (5-10 points)
AC20 Failing to give particulars or to report an accident within 24 hours (5-10 points)
AC30 Undefined accident offences (4-9 points)

Disqualified driver

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

BA10 Driving while disqualified by order of court (6 points)
BA30 Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court (6 points)

Careless driving

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

CD10 Driving without due care and attention (3-9 points)
CD20 Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users (3-9 points)
CD30 Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users (3-9 points)

The following stay on a driving licence for eleven years from date of conviction

CD40 Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink (3-11 points)
CD50 Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs (3-11 points)
CD60 Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit (3-11 points)
CD70 Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for analysis (3-11 points)

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of conviction

CD80 Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving (3-11 points)
CD90 Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers (3-11 points)

Construction and use offences

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

CU10 Using a vehicle with defective brakes (3 points)
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 points)
CU30 Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s) (3 points)
CU40 Using a vehicle with defective steering (3 points)
CU50 Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers (3 points)
CU80 Using a mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle (3 points)

Reckless/dangerous driving

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of conviction

DD10 Causing serious injury by dangerous driving (3-11 points)
DD40 Dangerous driving (3-11 points)
DD60 Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle (3-11 points)
DD80 Causing death by dangerous driving (3-11 points)
DD90 Furious driving (3-9 points)

Drink or drugs

The following stay on a driving licence for eleven years from date of conviction

DR10 Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit (3-11 points)
DR20 Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink (3-11 points)
DR30 Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis (3-11 points)
DR31 Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity (3-11 points)
DR61 Refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive (3-11 points)

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

DR40 In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit (10 points)
DR50 In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink (10 points)
DR60 Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive (10 points)
DR70 Failing to provide specimen for breath test (4 points)

The following stay on a driving licence for eleven years from date of conviction

DG10 Driving or attempting to drive with drug level above the specified limit (3-11 points)
DG60 Causing death by careless driving with drug level above the limit (3-11 points)
DR80 Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs (3-11 points)

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

DG40 In charge of a vehicle while drug level above the specified limit (10 points)
DR90 In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs (10 points)

Insurance offences

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

IN10 Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks (6-8 points)

Licence offences

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

LC20 Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence (3-6 points)
LC30 Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence (3-6 points)
LC40 Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability (3-6 points)
LC50 Driving after a licence has been revoked or refused on medical grounds (3-6 points)

Miscellaneous offences

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

MS10 Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position (3 points)
MS20 Unlawful pillion riding (3 points)
MS30 Play street offences (2 points)
MS50 Motor racing on the highway (3-11 points)
MS60 Offences not covered by other codes (points as appropriate)
MS70 Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight (3 points)
MS80 Refusing to submit to an eyesight test (3 points)
MS90 Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc (6 points)

Motorway offences

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

MW10 Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits) (3 points)

Pedestrian crossings

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

PC10 Undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations (3 points)
PC20 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with moving vehicle (3 points)
PC30 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with stationary vehicle (3 points)

Speed limits

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

SP10 Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits (3-6 points)
SP20 Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles) (3-6 points)
SP30 Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road (3-6 points)
SP40 Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit (3-6 points)
SP50 Exceeding speed limit on a motorway (3-6 points)

Traffic direction and signs

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

TS10 Failing to comply with traffic light signals (3 points)
TS20 Failing to comply with double white lines (3 points)
TS30 Failing to comply with ‘Stop’ sign (3 points)
TS40 Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden (3 points)
TS50 Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding ‘stop’ signs, traffic lights or double white lines) (3 points)
TS60 Failing to comply with a school crossing patrol sign (3 points)
TS70 Undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign (3 points)

Special code

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of conviction

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

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence

UT50 Aggravated taking of a vehicle (3-11 points)

Causing or permitting offences

With these offences, the code remains the same except for the last digit – which changes to a 4. So, for example, if someone drives a car uninsured then they are committing an IN10 offence. However, if somebody lends a friend their car knowing full well that the friend is not insured, then they can be convicted of an IN14.

Another example is if a driver is using a mobile phone (not hands-free) then the code for this offence is CU80. However, if a passenger in the car answers the phone and then passes it to the driver – knowing full well that the driver is operating the vehicle – then the passenger may be guilty of a CU84.

Aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring offences

With these offences, the code remains the same except for the last digit – which changes to a 2 (e.g. LC10 becomes LC12).

Inciting

With these offences, the code remains the same except for the last digit – which changes to a 6 (e.g. DD40 becomes DD46).

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