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Penalty Points, Endorsements and Totting Up Driving Disqualifications

How Long Do Penalty Points Stay on a License?

Typically, endorsements stay on your driving record for anything between four or 11 years depending on the offence. You can see a full list of driving offences at the bottom of this page showing the amount of penalty points associated with offences of various levels of severity.

An endorsement is valid for the first:

  • Three years, for a four-year endorsement
  • 10 years, for an 11-year endorsement

And a court can take your endorsement into account if both:

  • You commit another offence while it’s valid
  • The endorsement is still on your driving record when the court considers your case

Once your points have exceeded the ‘valid’ period, they no longer count on your tally for totting up purposes.

Can Insurance Companies and Employers See My Driving Endorsements?

Organisations such as insurance companies and employers may be able to find out that you have the endorsement:

  • Any time during a four-year endorsement
  • During the first five years of an 11-year endorsement, or the first 30 months if you’re under 18

How Long Do Penalty Points Stay on a Driving Record?

Again, this depends on the offence. Endorsements and penalty points will stay on a driving licence four years from the date of conviction (not the date of the offence) if the offence is for either:

  • reckless/dangerous driving - shown on a license as DD40, DD60 and DD80
  • results in disqualification

Endorsements and penalty points will stay on a driving licence 11 years from date of conviction (not the date of the offence) if the offence is for either:

  • Drink driving or drug driving – a drink or drug driving offence will be shown on your license as DR10, DR20, DR30, DR31, DR61 and DR80
  • Causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs – shown on the driving record as CD40, CD50 and CD60
  • Causing death by careless driving, then failing to provide a specimen for analysis – shown on the driving record as CD70

In all other cases, an endorsement will stay on your driving record for four years from the date of offence.

Totting Up Penalty Points

Penalty points add up on a licence and if you reach the limit of 12 points then you may be disqualified from driving. For example, if you already have nine or more points on your licence, then a further three points would tot up to 12 or more and a Magistrate will consider disqualifying you from driving for a minimum of six months.

Defending Totting Up of Penalty Points

In some cases, there may be special reasons or exceptional hardship caused if a disqualification were to be applied. If either of these arguments are valid, then the Court may reconsider the penalties. 

If you already have points on your licence this could lead to disqualification. Known as a TT99, this signifies disqualification under ‘totting-up’ procedure when the driver has reached 12 penalty points within a three-year period and this could result in loss of earnings and have serious consequences affecting your livelihood.

Penalty Points if Driving for Less Than Two Years

If you have been driving for under two years and already have three points on your licence and you receive three more, then your licence would be rescinded. You would then have to go through the time and expense of taking your driving test again.

How to Avoid a Driving Ban

Your strongest chance of avoiding a driving ban is to argue ‘exceptional hardship’. To do this you will need a team of expert driving offence solicitors on your side. We have an expert team of driving solicitors who can listen to you and help you build a case for exceptional hardship and so we may be able to request the Court not to ban you even if you are convicted of the offence. Complete our enquiry form today and one of specialist driving offence laywers will get in touch with you

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Penalty Points Table

 

Offence

Maximum penalty

Penalty points

Causing death by dangerous driving

14 years’ imprisonment / Unlimited fine / Obligatory disqualification (minimum two years)

Three to 11 (if exceptionally not disqualified)

Dangerous driving

Two years’ imprisonment / Unlimited fine / Obligatory disqualification

Three to 11 (if exceptionally not disqualified)

Causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs

14 years’ imprisonment / Unlimited fine / Obligatory disqualification (minimum two years)

Three to 11 (if exceptionally not disqualified)

Careless and inconsiderate driving

Unlimited fine / Discretionary disqualification

Three to nine

Driving while unfit through drink or drugs or with excess alcohol: or failing to provide a specimen for analysis

Six months’ imprisonment / Unlimited fine / Obligatory disqualification

Three to 11 (if exceptionally not disqualified)

Failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident

Six months’ imprisonment / Unlimited fine / Discretionary disqualification

Five to 10

Driving while disqualified

Six months’ imprisonment (12 months in Scotland) / Unlimited fine / Discretionary disqualification

Six

Driving after refusal or revocation of licence on medical grounds

Six months’ imprisonment / Unlimited fine / Discretionary disqualification

Three to six

Driving without insurance

Unlimited fine / Discretionary disqualification

Six to eight

Using a vehicle in a dangerous condition

LGV or PCV unlimited, other vehicles £2,500/ Obligatory disqualification if offence committed within 3 years of a previous conviction for a similar offence - six months min. Otherwise discretionary

Three in each case

Failure to have proper control of vehicle or full view of the road and traffic ahead

£1,000 fine (£2,500 for PCV or goods vehicle) / Discretionary disqualification

Three

Using a hand-held mobile phone when driving

£1,000 fine (£2,500 for PCV or goods vehicle) / Discretionary disqualification

Six

Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence

£1,000 fine / Discretionary disqualification

Three to six

Speeding

£1,000 fine (£2,500 for motorway offences) / Discretionary disqualification

Three to six, or three (fixed penalty)

Traffic light offences

£1,000 fine / Discretionary disqualification

Three

No MOT certificate

£1,000 fine

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Seat belt offences

£500 fine

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Dangerous cycling

£2,500 fine

-

Careless cycling

£1,000 fine

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Cycling on pavement

£500 fine

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Failing to identify driver of vehicle

£1,000 fine / Discretionary disqualification

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