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25th

The learner drivers’ guide to UK driving licence points

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The learner drivers’ guide to UK driving licence points

As a learner driver, you shouldn’t be planning on getting any driving licence points, but it can’t hurt to understand the law as well as you can. Once you have a thorough understanding of the rules, you can be sure to avoid breaking them.

The new drivers act

The new drivers act essentially puts newly-qualified drivers on a two year period of probation. If you get six or more points on your licence in the two years after you passed your test, you’ll automatically lose your licence and become a learner driver all over again. You will have to start from scratch; you’ll even need to apply for your provisional licence again.

If you lose your licence and then pass a retest, you will not be subject to a second period of probation.

You can also get driving licence points on your provisional licence

Yup, not even your provisional licence is safe from the dreaded points. Any points you get on your provisional licence will last for three years and will stay on there when you pass your test, putting you more at risk of falling foul of the new drivers act.

If you somehow manage to get six points on your provisional licence, it won’t be taken away from you. However, once you’ve passed your test you’ll have to avoid getting any more driving licence points for two years to avoid losing your licence and having to start again.

Learner drivers get the same punishments as fully-qualified drivers

Learner drivers don’t get reduced driving licence points and they most certainly won’t be let off an offence lightly. If you break the law while driving with L-plates, you’ll get the same punishment as anyone else.

The tables below show the codes and amount of driving licence points you’ll receive for most of the common driving offences in the UK.

Driving licence points for accident-based offences

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
AC10 Failing to stop after an accident. 5-10
AC20 Failing to give particulars or to report an accident within 24 hours. 5-10

Driving licence points for disqualified driver-based offences

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
BA10 Driving while disqualified by order of court. 6
BA30 Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court. 6

Driving licence points for careless driving-based offences

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
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 by 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
CD71 Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for drug analysis. 3-11

Driving licence points for vehicle use-based offences

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
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 brakes, 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

Driving licence points for dangerous driving-based offences

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
DD40 Dangerous driving. 3-11
DD60 Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle. 3-11
DD80 Causing death by dangerous driving. 3-11

Driving licence points for drink or drug-based offences

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
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
DR31 Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for drug 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
DR61 Failure to supply a specimen for drug 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

Driving licence points for insurance-based offences

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
IN10 Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks. 6-8

Driving licence points for licence-based offences

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
LC20 Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. 3-6
LC40 Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability. 3-6

Driving licence points for miscellaneous offences

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
MS10 Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position. 3
MS20 Unlawful pillion riding. 3
MS50 Motor racing on the highway. 3-11
MS70 Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight. 3
MS90 Failure to give information as to identity of driver. 6

Driving licence points for motorway-based offences.

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
MW10 Contravention of Special Roads Regulations (excluding speed limits). 3

Driving licence points for pedestrian crossing-based offences

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
PC20 Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations with moving vehicle. 3
PC30 Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations with stationary vehicle. 3

Driving licence points for speed-based offences

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
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

Driving licence points for sign and signal-based offences

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
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. 3-6
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

Special codes

Offence code Offence name Penalty points incurred
TT99 Indicates disqualification under the ‘totting up’ procedure. If a driver reaches a total of 12 or more penalty points in three years, they will be disqualified from driving. NA
UT50 Aggravated taking of a vehicle. 3-11

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