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