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Motoring conviction codes explained

What are the motoring offences conviction codes? How many points do they confer? Here's the complete list.

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What are the conviction codes for motoring offences within the UK? Here's an explanation of some of the most commonly-misunderstood offences, and a complete list of conviction codes* below.

Want to know what a particular code means? Jump to a section:

AC | BA | CD | CU | DD | DR | DG | IN | LC | MS | MW | PC | SP | TS | TT | UT

Those conviction codes in full

Accident offences

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence  No of points
AC10
Failing to stop after an accident
 5-10
AC20
Failing to give particulars or to report an accident within 24 hours
 5-10
AC30
Undefined accident offences
 4-9

Disqualified driver

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence   No of points
 BA10 Driving while disqualified by order of court
 6
 BA30 Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court
 6


The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of conviction:

 Code  Offence   No of points
 BA40 Causing death by driving while disqualified
 3-11
 BA60 Causing serious injury by driving while disqualified
 3-11

Careless driving

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence   No of points
 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


The following stay on a driving licence for eleven years from date of conviction:

 Code  Offence   No of points
 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


The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of conviction:

 Code  Offence   No of points
 CD80 Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving
 3-11
 CD90 Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers
 3-11


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Construction and use offences

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence   No of points
 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
 CU80 Using a mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle
 3

Reckless/dangerous driving

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of conviction:

 Code  Offence   No of points
 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

Drink

The following stay on a driving licence for 11 years from date of conviction:

 Code  Offence   No of points
 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
 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


The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence  No of points
 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
 DR70 Failing to provide specimen for breath test
 4


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Drugs

The following stay on a driving licence for 11 years from date of conviction:

 Code  Offence  No of points
 DG10 Driving or attempting to drive with drug level above the specified limit
 3-11
 DG60 Causing death by careless driving with drug level above the limit
 3-11
 DR80 Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs
 3-11


The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence, or four years from date of conviction where the driver is disqualified:

 Code  Offence  No of points
 DG40 In charge of a vehicle while drug level above specified limit
 10
 DR90 In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs
 10

Insurance offences

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence  No of points
 IN10 Using a vehicle uninsured against third-party risks
 6-8

Licence offences

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence  No of points
 LC20 Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence
 3-6
 LC30 Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence
 3-6
 LC40 Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability
 3-6
 LC50 Driving after a licence has been revoked or refused on medical grounds
 3-6

Miscellaneous offences

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence  No of points
 MS10 Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position
 3
 MS20 Unlawful pillion riding
 3
 MS30 Play street offences
 2
 MS50 Motor racing on the highway
 3-11
 MS60 Offences not covered by other codes
 3
 MS70 Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight
 3
 MS80 Refusing to submit to an eyesight test
 3
 MS90 Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc
 6

Motorway offences

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence  No of points
 MW10 Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits)
 3


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Pedestrian crossings

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence  No of points
 PC10 Undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations
 3
 PC20 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with moving vehicle
 3
 PC30 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with stationary vehicle
 3

Speed limits

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence  No of points
 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

Traffic direction and signs

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence  No of points
 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
 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
 TS70 Undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign
 3

Special code

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

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

Theft or unauthorised taking

The following stay on a driving licence for four years from date of offence:

 Code  Offence  No of points
 UT50 Aggravated taking of a vehicle
 3-11

Causing or permitting

With these offences, the code remains the same except for the last digit – which changes to a 4.

So, for example, if someone drives a car uninsured then they are committing an IN10 offence.

However, if somebody lends a friend their car knowing full well that the friend is not insured, then they can be  convicted of an IN14.

Another example is if a driver is using a mobile phone (not hands-free) then the code for this offence is CU80.

However, if a passenger in the car answers the phone and then passes it to the driver – knowing full well that the driver is operating the vehicle – then the passenger may be guilty of a CU84.

Aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring

With these offences, the code remains the same except for the last digit – which changes to a 2 (e.g. LC10 becomes LC12).

Inciting

With these offences, the code remains the same except for the last digit – which changes to a 6 (e.g. DD40 becomes DD46). 

*Source: GOV.UK 2015

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