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Motoring conviction codes

Wheel clamped carIf you are unsure of any of the conviction codes for motoring offences within the UK, there follows 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

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

Disqualified driver

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

BA10  Driving while disqualified by order of court (6 points)
BA30  Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court (6 points)

Careless driving

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

CD10  Driving without due care and attention (3-9 points)
CD20  Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users (3-9 points)
CD30  Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users (3-9 points)

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

CD40  Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink (3-11 points)
CD50  Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs (3-11 points)
CD60  Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit (3-11 points)
CD70  Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for analysis (3-11 points)

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

CD80 Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving (3-11 points)
CD90 Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers (3-11 points)

Construction and use offences

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

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

Reckless/dangerous driving

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

DD40  Dangerous driving (3-11 points)
DD60  Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle (3-11 points)
DD80  Causing death by dangerous driving (3-11 points)
DD90  Furious driving (3-9 points)

Drink or drugs

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

DR10  Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit (3-11 points)
DR20  Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink (3-11 points)
DR30  Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis (3-11 points)

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

DR40  In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit (10 points)
DR50  In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink (10 points)
DR60  Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive (10 points)
DR70  Failing to provide specimen for breath test (4 points)

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

DR80  Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs (3-11 points)

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

DR90  In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs (10 points)

Insurance offences

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

IN10  Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks (6-8 points)

Licence offences

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

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

Miscellaneous offences

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

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

Motorway offences

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

MW10 Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits) (3 points)

Pedestrian crossings

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

PC10  Undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations (3 points)
PC20  Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with moving vehicle (3 points)
PC30  Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with stationary vehicle (3 points)

Speed limits

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

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

Traffic direction and signs

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

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

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

UT50  Aggravated taking of a vehicle (3-11 points)

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: Directgov 2009

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Owe Carter

Owe Carter

Owe Carter has been a consumer interest writer for Confused.com since 2007. His career as a scribe began in local press, which saw him hunting ghosts, taking challenges from readers, living as B.A. Baracus for a week, and seeking out Pembrokeshire’s happiest dog.

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