Guide to Penalty Points/Endorsement offence codes

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.

CodeOffencePenalty points
AC10Failing to stop after an accident5-10
AC20Failing to give particulars or to report an accident within 24 hours5-10
BA10Driving whilst disqualified by order of court6
BA30Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court6
CD10Driving without due care and attention3-9
CD20Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users3-9
CD30Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users3-9
CD40Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink3-11
CD50Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs3-11
CD60Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit3-11
CD70Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for analysis3-11
CD71Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for drug analysis3-11
CU10Using a vehicle with defective brakes3
CU20Causing 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 condition3
CU30Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s)3
CU40Using a vehicle with defective steering3
CU50Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers3
DD40Dangerous Driving3-11
DD60Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle3-11
DD80Causing death by dangerous driving3-11
DR10Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit3-11
DR20Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink3-11
DR30Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis3-11
DR31Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for drug analysis3-11
DR40In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit10
DR50In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink10
DR60Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive10
DR61Failure to supply a specimen for drug analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive`10
DR70Failing to provide specimen for breath test4
DR80Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs3-11
DR90In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs10
IN10Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks6-8
LC20Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence3-6
LC40Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability3-6
MS10Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position3
MS20Unlawful pillion riding3
MS50Motor racing on the highway3-11
MS70Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight3
MS90Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc (pre-24 September 2007)3
MS90Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc (24 September 2007 onwards)6
MW10Contravention of Special Roads Regulations (excluding speed limits)3
PC20Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations with moving vehicle3
PC30Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations with stationary vehicle3
SP10Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits3-6
SP20Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles)3-6
sp30Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road3-6
SP40Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit3-6
SP50Exceeding speed limit on a motorway3-6
TS10Failing to comply with traffic light signals3
TS20Failing to comply with double white lines3
TS30Failing to comply with "Stop" sign3
TS40Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden3
TS50Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding - stop -signs, traffic lights or double white lines)3
TS60Failing to comply with a school crossing patrol sign3
TT99To 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
UT50Aggravated taking of a vehicle3-11
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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