Driving offence codes explained

Posted by mustard.co.uk on April 6th, 2018

If you need to decipher any driving conviction codes, then here’s everything you need to know – from what they mean, to how long points stay on your driving record.

How long do points stay on your licence for?

Driving licence points stay on your record for either four, or 11 years – depending on what the conviction was for; if you need to check your driving record, you can do it online.

If you rack up 12 or more points within three years, you can be disqualified from driving. If you’re banned, it’s up to the court to decide how long you’ll be off the roads for, but if you’re disqualified for more than 56 days, then you’ll need to apply for a new licence and you may have to retake your driving test.

Rules for new drivers

If you’re new to driving, then the rules are slightly different. If you gain six or more points within two years of passing your test, your licence will be cancelled. It’s worth knowing that if you’ve got points on your provisional licence, they’ll be added to your full licence when you get it.

If the unthinkable does happen and your licence is taken away, you’ll need to start all over again; apply for a new provisional licence and retake the theory and practical tests.

Driving conviction codes

The tables below show current driving offences, their codes and how long those points will stay on your driving record for.

Accident offences

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
AC10Failing to stop after an accident5-104 years from date of offence
AC20Failing to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours5-104 years from date of offence
AC30Undefined accident offences4-94 years from date of offence

Disqualified driver

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
BA10Driving while disqualified by order of court64 years from date of offence
BA30Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court64 years from date of offence
BA40Causing death by driving while disqualified3-114 years from date of conviction
BA60Causing serious injury by driving while disqualified3-114 years from date of conviction

Careless driving

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
CD20Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users3-94 years from date of offence or conviction
CD30Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users3-94 years from date of offence or conviction
CD80Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving3-114 years from date of offence or conviction
CD90Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers3-114 years from date of offence or conviction
CD40Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink3-1111 years from date of conviction
CD50Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs3-1111 years from date of conviction
CD60Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit3-1111 years from date of conviction
CD70Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis3-1111 years from date of conviction

Construction and use offences

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
CU10Using a vehicle with defective brakes34 years from date of offence
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 condition34 years from date of offence
CU30Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s)34 years from date of offence
CU40Using a vehicle with defective steering34 years from date of offence
CU50Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers34 years from date of offence
CU80Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, such as using a mobile phone3-64 years from date of offence

Reckless or dangerous driving

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
DD10Causing serious injury by dangerous driving3-114 years from date of conviction
DD40Dangerous driving3-114 years from date of conviction
DD60Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle3-114 years from date of conviction
DD80Causing death by dangerous driving3-114 years from date of conviction
DD90Furious driving3-94 years from date of conviction

Drink

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
DR10Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit3-1111 years from date of conviction
DR20Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink3-1111 years from date of conviction
DR30Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis3-1111 years from date of conviction
DR31Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity3-1111 years from date of conviction
DR61Refusing 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 drive1011 years from date of conviction
DR40In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit104 years from date of offence/or from date of conviction
DR50In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink104 years from date of offence/or from date of conviction
DR60Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive104 years from date of offence/or from date of conviction
DR70Failing to provide specimen for breath test44 years from date of offence/or from date of conviction

Drugs

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
DG10Driving or attempting to drive with drug level above the specified limit3-1111 years from date of conviction
DG60Causing death by careless driving with drug level above the limit3-1111 years from date of conviction
DG80Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs3-1111 years from date of conviction
DG40In charge of a vehicle while drug level above specified limit104 years from date of offence/or from date of conviction
DG90In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs104 years from date of offence/or from date of conviction

Insurance offences

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
IN10Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks6-84 years from date of offence

Licence offences: penalty points remain on your licence for four years from the date of offence.

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
LC20Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence3-64 years from date of offence
LC30Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence3-64 years from date of offence
LC40Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability3-64 years from date of offence
LC50Driving after a licence has been cancelled (revoked) or refused on medical grounds3-64 years from date of offence

Miscellaneous offences

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
MS10Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position34 years from date of offence
MS20Unlawful pillion riding34 years from date of offence
MS30Play street offences24 years from date of offence
MS50Motor racing on the highway3-114 years from date of offence
MS60Offences not covered by other codes (including offences relating to breach of requirements as to control of vehicle)34 years from date of offence
MS70Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight34 years from date of offence
MS80Refusing to submit to an eyesight test34 years from date of offence
MS90Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc64 years from date of offence

Motorway offences

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
MW10Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits)34 years from date of offence

Pedestrian crossings

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
PC10Undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations34 years from date of offence
PC20Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with moving vehicle34 years from date of offence
PC30Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with stationary vehicle34 years from date of offence

Speed limits

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
SP10Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits3-64 years from date of offence
SP20Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles)3-64 years from date of offence
SP30Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road3-64 years from date of offence
SP40Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit3-64 years from date of offence
SP50Exceeding speed limit on a motorway3-64 years from date of offence

Traffic direction and signs

Driving offence codeDescription of offencePenalty points issuedNumber of years points remain on driving record
TS10Failing to comply with traffic light signals34 years from date of offence
TS20Failing to comply with double white lines34 years from date of offence
TS30Failing to comply with ‘stop’ sign34 years from date of offence
TS40Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden34 years from date of offence
TS50Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding ‘stop’ signs, traffic lights or double white lines)34 years from date of offence
TS60Failing to comply with a school crossing patrol sign34 years from date of offence
TS70Undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign34 years from date of offence

Special codes: Code TT99 remains on your driving record for four years from the date of conviction. You’ll get this if you’re disqualified from driving because you’ve ‘totted up’ the appropriate number of points.

Theft or unauthorised taking: Code UT50, this remains on your record for four years from the date of the offence.

Mutual recognition codes: you’ll receive one of these codes if you’re disqualified in Northern Ireland, or the Isle of Man – they’re also valid in Great Britain.

Driving offence codeDescription of offenceNumber of years points remain on driving record
MR09Reckless or dangerous driving (whether or not resulting in death, injury or serious risk)4 years from date of conviction
MR19Wilful failure to carry out the obligation placed on driver after being involved in a road accident (hit or run)4 years from date of conviction
MR29Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance affecting or diminishing the mental and physical abilities of a driver4 years from date of conviction
MR39Driving a vehicle faster than the permitted speed4 years from date of conviction
MR49Driving a vehicle whilst disqualified4 years from date of conviction
MR59Other conduct constituting an offence for which a driving disqualification has been imposed by the State of Offence4 years from date of conviction

Helping someone commit an offence

If you’re found guilty of helping someone commit an offence, then you could also be given a driving offence code.
If this happens, the ‘0’ in the conviction code will be replaced by a ‘2’. So, for example: LC40 (driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability) becomes LC42 if you’ve been in a car knowing the person driving hasn’t declared a disability that could affect their driving.

Causing or allowing offences

You can also gain penalty points for causing or permitting a driving offence, in this instance, the ‘0’ in the code is replaced by a ‘4’. For example, LC30 (driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence) becomes LC34 if you’ve caused or allowed someone to do this.

Encouraging offences

If you’re found to have encouraged someone to commit a driving offence, then this will also be shown on your driving record. To show this, the ‘0’ in the conviction code, will be replaced by a ‘6’. So, SP30 (exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road) becomes SP36 if you’re found to have encouraged someone to speed.

Driving when disqualified

Driving while disqualified is considered an offence – if you’re caught, you could be arrested and tried at a magistrates’ court.

The magistrate’s verdict will depend on the circumstances; in serious cases (such as if there was potential for serious harm while driving) you could be given a prison sentence of up to 12 weeks. Alternatively, you may be given a community service order, or see your driving ban extended.

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If a magistrate chooses to extend your driving ban, it will be added to the end of your existing disqualification period. So, for example, if you’d already been banned for six months and are banned for a further six, you’ll be off the roads for one year. In some cases, a magistrate may choose to give you a fine and add points to your driving record.

If you’ve been banned from driving because of ‘totting up’ 12 or more points within three years, the points are removed from your driving record after you’ve served your ban. This is the only time when penalty points are wiped off your licence after disqualification. In all other cases, points remain on your driving record for the length of time specified by the law and from the date you are either convicted, or from the date the offence took place.

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