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If you're unsure of any of the conviction codes for motoring offences within the UK, you can find an explanation of some of the most commonly misunderstood offences, and a complete list of conviction codes* below.


Those conviction codes in full

Accident offences

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

Code Offense 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 circumstances 4-9

Disqualified driver

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

Code Offense No. of points
BA10 Driving while disqualified by order of court
BA30 Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court 

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

Code Offense 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 Offense 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 Offense 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 Offense 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 

Car crash on public highway

Construction and use offences

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

Code Offense No. of points
CU10 Using a vehicle with defective brakes 
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 
CU30 Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s)
3
CU40 Using a vehicle with defective steering 
CU50 Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers 
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 Offense No. of points
DD10 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 eleven years from date of conviction:

Code Offense 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 Offense 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 ailing to provide specimen for breath test  4

Man asleep at wheel wearing 'Don't drive drunk' shirt

Drugs

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

Code Offense 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 Offense No. of points
DG40 In 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 Offense 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 Offense 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 Offense No. of points
MS10 Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position
3
MS20 Unlawful pillion riding 
MS30 Play street offences 2
MS50 Motor racing on the highway
3-11
MS60 Offences not covered by other code
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 Offense No. of points
MW10 Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits)  3

Police officer holding radar gun

Pedestrian crossings

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

Code Offense No. of points
PC10 Undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations 
PC20 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with moving vehicle 
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 Offense 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 Offense 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

Code Offense
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 Offense 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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