Motoring Penalty Codes and Points

Quick penalty reference table

Here is a list of Road Traffic Offence Codes, which are endorsed on your licence if you are convicted, and the penalty point range for each type of offence. If you would like legal advice on motoring offences, have a look at Instant Law Line. It's the quick, easy and cheap way to get legal advice.

Code Description Penalty Points

Accident Offences

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

Disqualified Driver

BA10 Driving whilst disqualified by order of court 6 pts
BA30 Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court 6 pts

Careless Driving

CD10 Driving without due care and attention 3-9 pts
CD20 Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users 3-9 pts
CD30 Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users 3-9 pts
CD40 Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink 3-11 pts
CD50 Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs 3-11 pts
CD60 Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit 3-11 pts
CD70 Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for analysis 3-11 pts
CD80 Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving 3-11 pts
CD90 Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers 3-11 pts

Construction & Use Offences

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

Reckless/Dangerous Driving

DD10 Causing serious injury by dangerous driving 3-11*
DD40 Dangerous Driving 3-11*
DD60 Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle 3-11*
DD80 Causing death by dangerous driving 3-11*
DD90 Furious driving 3-9 pts
*where the court chooses not to disqualify as a result of special reasons

Drink Or Drugs

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 refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity 3-11*
DR40 In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit 10 pts
DR50 In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink 10 pts
DR60 Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive 10 pts
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 10 pts
DR70 Failing to provide specimen for breath test 4 pts
DR80 Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs 3-11 pts
DR90 In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs 10 pts
*where the court chooses not to disqualify as a result of special reasons

Insurance Offences

IN10 Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks 6-8*
*where the court chooses not to disqualify as a result of special reasons

Licence Offences

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

Miscellaneous Offences

MS10 Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position 3 pts
MS20 Unlawful pillion riding 3 pts
MS30 Play street offences 2 pts
MS40 Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight or refusing to submit to a test 3 pts
MS50 Motor racing on the highway 3-11 pts
MS60 Offences not covered by other codes As appropriate
MS70 Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight 3 pts
MS80 Refusing to submit to an eyesight test 3 pts
MS90 Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc 6 pts

Motorway Offences

MW10 Contravention of Special Roads Regulations (excluding speed limits) 3 pts

Pedestrian Crossings

PC10 Undefined Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations 3 pts
PC20 Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations with moving vehicle 3 pts
PC30 Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations with stationary vehicle 3 pts

Speed Limits

SP10 Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits 3-6 pts
SP20 Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles) 3-6 pts
SP30 Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road 3-6 pts
SP40 Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit 3-6 pts
SP50 Exceeding speed limit on a motorway 3-6 pts
SP60 Undefined speed limit offence 3-6 pts

Traffic Direction And Signs

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

Special Code

TT99 To signify a disqualification under totting-up procedure. If the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years, the driver is liable to be disqualified

Theft Or Unauthorised Taking

UT50 Aggravated taking of a vehicle 3-11*
*where the court chooses not to disqualify as a result of special reasons

Aiding, Causing or Inciting Road Offences

In addition to the offences listed above, you can also be charged if you are suspected to have been in some way responsible for another individual committing one of the above crimes. The penalty codes for these offences are very similar, with only the final digit of the code changed to reflect the nature of the offence.

Aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring an offence

The penalty code for this sort of offence will see the 0 at the end of the code replaced with a 2. For instance, if you aided someone else in the aggravated taking of a vehicle, the code for your penalty would be UT52, rather than UT50.

Causing or Permitting an Offence

Causing or permitting an offence changes the final digit of the relevant penalty code to a 4 - for example, if you had somehow caused another driver to drive dangerously, the penalty code would be DD44, in lieu of DD40.

Inciting an Offence

The code for inciting an offence is the same as the original offence, except with a 6 added to the end. The code for exceeding the speed limit on a motorway is SP50, so the code for inciting another driver to do so would be SP56.

Codes for Driving Offences in Ireland and the Isle of Man

If you are disqualified from driving in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland or the Isle of Man, you will receive a Mutual Recognition (MR) code on your licence, which will disqualify you driving in the UK. These codes, which are as follows, will remain on your licence for 4 years after you are convicted.

Mutual Recognition Codes

MR09 Reckless or dangerous driving (whether or not resulting in death, injury or serious risk)
MR19 Wilful failure to carry out the obligation placed on driver after being involved in a road accident (hit or run)
MR29 Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance affecting or diminishing the mental and physical abilities of a driver
MR39 Driving a vehicle faster than the permitted speed
MR49 Driving a vehicle whilst disqualified
MR59 Other conduct constituting an offence for which a driving disqualification has been imposed by the State of Offence

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