Driving offences have varying amounts of penalty points
Motorists can be fined heavily for a list of driving offences in the UK to deter them from repeat offending. In addition to landing a fine, you can be handed penalty points which will be added to your driving licence. Courts can fine you and ‘endorse’ your driving record with penalty points if you’re convicted of a motoring offence. Endorsements must stay on your driving record for 4 or 11 years, depending on the offence. You can be disqualified from driving if you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of 3 years.
There are different rules for new drivers who only have to tot up six penalty points to receive a ban.
With so many different offences motorists may not be aware which offences carry penalty points and how many single.
Specialists from LeaseVan.co.uk have clarified which 12 driving offences carry penalty points as standard and how many points drivers could be hit with.
Endorsements range from three penalty points for traffic light offences to ten for failing to report an accident.
Tim Alcock from LeaseVan.co.uk said: “Safety should be every vehicle owner’s priority when driving and we’re always right behind the police’s efforts to remove dangerous drivers from the roads.
“Motorists should be acutely aware that breaking the law while behind the wheel doesn’t just mean paying a fine and forgetting about it.
“It will land them with penalty points on their licence, which could ultimately lead to a ban from driving and potentially affect your job.
“We’ve highlighted the 12 UK driving offences where disqualification isn’t immediately obligatory and how many penalty points they can carry, to urge any drivers who might consider bending the rules to think again.”
The listed offences and how many penalty points they carry
1. Failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident – 5 to 10 points
2. Careless and inconsiderate driving – 3 to 9 points
3. Driving without insurance – 6 to 8 points
4. Using a hand held mobile phone when driving – 6 points
5. Failing to identify the driver of a vehicle – 6 points
6. Driving when disqualified – 6 points
7. Speeding – 3 to 6 points or 3 points fixed penalty
8. Driving after refusal or revocation of licence on medical grounds – 3 to 6 points
9. Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence – 3 to 6 points
10. Failure to have proper control of the vehicle or full view of the road and traffic ahead – 3 points
11. Using a vehicle in a dangerous condition – 3 points in each case
12. Traffic light offences – 3 points