Your driving licence will be revoked if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your driving test.

Your driving licence will be revoked if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your driving test.

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It’s straight forward: if you get six or more points within 2 years of passing your driving test your licence will be revoked.

What  does revoked mean?

It means your licence will be taken away and you’ll have to go right back to the beginning - that means you’ll have to apply and pay for a new provisional licence, pass your theory and practical driving test again.All of which costs you a lot of time and money.

What happens if I get penalty points before I pass my driving test?

You can get points on a licence you don't even have yet. If you speed or misbehave in any other way while you're taking your driving lessons or learning to drive with family or friends you can face driving penalty points.

Even if you get six or more points on your provisional licence, you can still take your driving test BUT if you then get any more points once you’ve passed your test then your licence will then be revoked.

ALMOST one million motorists were caught speeding last year

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ALMOST one million motorists were caught speeding last year and warnings of a surge in the number of speed cameras being deployed on the roads.

The total number of drivers in England and Wales given fixed penalties, found guilty at court or handed a formal warning reached a five-year high last year.

How penalty points are issued to you


Penalty points are imposed on motorists who have been found guilty of committing a traffic offence. There's different types of traffic offences  for which points can be issued to you, and they range on a scale from 1 point to 11.

Below we have complied a list of the most common points; 

Speeding

Speeding is the most common endorsement found on driving licences and in this category the offences carry between 3-6 points:

  • Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits (SP10)
  • Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicle) (SP20)
  • Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road (SP30)
  • Exceeding speeding limit on a motorway (SP50)

Accidents

Unfortunately they are a common  occurrence on the road and if you are found guilty of any of the following offences, then you can receive between 4-10 points .

For either of the following offences you can be awarded 5-10 points:

  • Failing to stop after an accident (AC10)
  • Failing to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours (AC20)

Careless Driving

Careless driving is something new drivers are often found guilty of such eating while driving, and if your found guilty  then you can expect to be issued with anything from three to eleven points.

The following offences carry 3-9 points:

  • Driving without due care and attention (CD10)
  • Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users (CD20)
  • Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users (CD30)

The following would see you get 3-11 points:

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

Driving a a vehicle that is un-road worthy

Driving an un-road worthy vehicle is not just dangerous for you and other drivers but you could find yourself disqualified from driving.

 The following offence codes all carry each 3 points.

  • Using a vehicle with defective brakes (CU10)
  • 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 (CU20)
  • Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s)(CU30)*
  • Using a vehicle with defective steering (CU40)
  • Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers (CU50)

Drug or Drink Driving

Driving whilst under the influence of either drugs or alcohol is dangerous and carries some big penalties

Being caught doing any of the following could see you receive between 3-11 points:

  • Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above the limit (DR10)
  • Driving while unfit through drink (DR20)
  • Driving then failing to supply a specimen for analysis (DR30)
  • Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs (DR80)

Whereas these carry a penalty of 10 points:

  • In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit (DR40)
  • In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink (DR50)
  • In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs (DR90)
  • Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive (DR60)  

A complete list of code and points along with details can be found via the DVLA website. 

 

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Drivers to face life sentence for dangerous driving

Dangerous drivers who kill are set to face life sentences, under plans put forward by ministers.

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  • Government acts to introduce life sentences for causing death by dangerous driving
  • Life sentences for careless drivers who kill whilst under the influence of drink or drugs
  • New, 3 year jail terms for careless drivers causing serious injury

Dangerous drivers who kill are set to face life sentences, under plans put forward by ministers.

Dangerous drivers causing death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone are among those now facing the same sentences as those charged with manslaughter.

Offenders who cause death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs could also be handed life sentences - an increase on the current 14 year upper limit.

New plans come as ministers seek to deter dangerous, criminal behaviour on our roads, and make sure killer drivers face the toughest penalties.

Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said:

Killer drivers ruin lives. Their actions cause immeasurable pain to families, who must endure tragic, unnecessary losses.

While impossible to compensate for the death of a loved one, we are determined to make sure the punishment fits the crime. “My message is clear – if you drive dangerously and kill on our roads, you could face a life sentence.

A consultation seeks views on whether the current maximum penalties available to the courts should be increased. Proposals include:

  • increasing the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving from 14 years to life
  • increasing the maximum sentence for causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs from 14 years to life
  • creating a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving, with a maximum sentence of 3 years
  • increasing minimum driving bans for those convicted of causing death

In 2015, 122 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving

Today’s announcement delivers on the government’s pledge to consider the sentencing powers available to the courts for the most serious driving offences.

In 2015, 122 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving, with a further 21 convicted of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence.

It is hoped the measures will see custodial sentences for causing death by careless or dangerous driving increase – from an average of 45.8 months in 2015.

Read more information here 

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Can I Eat or Smoke Whilst Driving?

Can I Eat or Smoke Whist Driving?

 

I think most drivers would admit to eating or smoking while driving and although it's not illegal to smoke or eat while driving it certainly isn't a safe thing to do. I once saw a man driving down a the motorway with a McDonald's burger in one hand, and a can of cola in the other. He was clearly not in full control of the vehicle and a near miss with another car confirmed this.

if you present a significant danger while eating on the move, the Police could prosecute you for careless driving if they consider you not in proper control of the vehicle. A driving instructor in the north west of England was recently charged with careless driving after being spotted eating a bowl of porridge whilst driving to his next driving lesson. Wowzers!... he should know better really!

A study by Leeds University found that motorists who ate while driving were actually 44% slower than usual.

Can I Smoke and drive?

Smoking at the wheel is not an offence but if it leads to careless driving (and I easily could) then it could land you in trouble with the Police. In fact, if lighting your cigarette reduces your focus on the road it could go beyond careless driving and escalate to a charge of dangerous driving.

Is it safe to eat while stuck in a traffic jam?

So you're stuck in a traffic jam, you missed lunch and your stomach feels like your throat has been cut. Ooooh you realise you have a banana in the glove box. You apply the handbrake, slip it into neural and begin to enjoy your snack.  Sound familiar? Well, A motorist has been fined £145 and given three penalty points after she was caught eating a banana behind the wheel of her car when she was stuck in a traffic jam.

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3406669/Driver-pay-145-eating-banana-wheel.html#ixzz4PvLUHuth 

 Drivers Who Are Distracted Are A Police Target

The police are aware that distracted drivers can cause major road accidents. Speed cameras are often used to capture images of motorists eating or drinking while driving. One recent report involved an 18 year old student who  lost control of her car while eating and texting on a mobile phone while driving. It is too easy for road traffic police to spot distracted drivers, and speed cameras will help supply evidence gathering. According to the police, drinking and driving at the wheel is as serious a distraction as driving under the influence of alcohol. So if you want to be safe save your munchies until you get home.

 

Drug driving and the Law

Drug Driving and the Law 

It is against the law to drive under the influence of illegal drugs, or if you have certain drugs above a specified level in your blood.

Similar to drink driving, the police have a roadside test that makes it easier to detect those who are driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

If you are caught and convicted, you could face a driving ban, large fine and a prison sentence. 

How drugs can affect and impair driving

Driving under the influence of drugs is extremely dangerous and can affect driving skills in a number of ways.

Cannabis - users often think they are safer when they are under the influence because they drive more slowly. However, cannabis slows reaction and decision times. It can also distort perception of time and distance, and result in poorer concentration and control of the vehicle.

Cocaine - leads to a sense of over-confidence and this is reflected in user’s driving style. Users typically perform higher risk, more aggressive manoeuvres at greater speeds.

Ecstasy - is extremely dangerous to drive on because it results in distorted vision, heightened perception of sounds, altered perception and judgment of risks and an over-confident driving attitude.

During the phase whilst the effects of any illegal drugs are wearing off the user may feel fatigued, affecting concentration levels.

Driving in any of these conditions is a bad idea – not just for the driver but for their passengers and other road users.

What could happen if you get caught drug driving 

The penalties for drug driving are the same as for drink driving. If you are convicted you could face:

  • A minimum 12-month driving ban
  • A criminal record
  • An unlimited fine
  • Up to 6 months in prison
  • An endorsement on your driving license for 11 years

The consequences of a drug drive conviction are far reaching and can include:

  • Job loss
  • Loss of independence
  • The shame of having a criminal record
  • Increase in car insurance costs
  • Trouble getting in to countries like the USA

Roadside drugs kits are now used by officers if they suspect a driver may have drugs in their system, alongside field impairment tests that have always been used when a driver is suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Watch this video on how police officers can detect if you have been drug driving.