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Road Traffic Offences
Penalty Points Guide
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driving offence
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Don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our expert driving offence
solicitors for specialist advice:
Phone: 0333 200 2300 Web: www.bannerjones.co.uk
Why Choose Banner Jones?
Road Traffic offences are put in place to punish individuals who
are seen to be acting irresponsibly on the road. Any motorist
should be aware of the penalties they may face if they are charged
with a road traffic offence. Motorists should also be aware of
how to present their case.
Fixed fee,
clear and
competitive
conveyancing
charges
Penalty Points
If you are convicted of a road traffic offence this
could lead to an endorsement on your driving licence.
If you receive too many points on your licence you
run the risk of losing it completely and then face a
potential driving ban. Receiving penalty points on
your licence can affect the amount you pay for your
insurance as well as having other complications. The
punishment you receive for a driving offence will
depend on the type of offence you have committed
and its seriousness.
The courts will make a judgement on the sentence to
impose according to the circumstances of the road
traffic offence, however; it must order points to be
endorsed on the licence according to the fixed number
or the set range identified below.
The court has the discretion to disqualify the motorist
for any road traffic offence that carries penalty points.
This disqualification will usually only be for a few
weeks or months. Sometimes in exceptional
circumstances automatic disqualification can be
appealed leading to the court not disqualifying or
endorsing any penalty points. If you are facing a court
proceeding due to a road traffic offence you should
seek expert legal advice about your defence.
Road Traffic Offences Table
Below we have highlighted some of the main road traffic offences and the likely punishments a court will order.
Offence Maximum Length
of Imprisonment
Maximum
Fine
Disqualification
Cause of death
by dangerous
driving (DD80)
14 years
Penalty
Points
Unrestricted 2 years minimum 3-11 (if not
disqualified due
to exceptional
circumstances)
Dangerous
Driving (DD40)
2 years Unrestricted Compulsory 3-11 (if not
disqualified due
to exceptional
circumstances)
Cause of death
by careless
driving under
the influence
of drink (CD40)
or drugs (CD50)
14 years Unrestricted 2 years minimum 3-11 (if not
disqualified due
to exceptional
circumstances)
Careless and
inconsiderate
driving
£5,000 Discretionary 3-9
Driving whilst
unfit through
drink (DR20) or
drugs (DR80) or
with excess
alcohol (DR10)
or failing to
provide
specimen for
analysis (DR30)
6 months £5,000 Discretionary 3-11 (if not
disqualified due
to exceptional
circumstances)
Failing to stop
after an accident
(AC10) or failing
to report an
accident
6 months £5,000 Discretionary 5-10
Driving when
disqualified
(BA10, BA30)
6 months £5,000 Discretionary 3-6
Driving after
refusal or
revocation of
licence on
medical grounds
(LC50)
6 months £5,000 Discretionary 3-6
Driving without
insurance
£5,000 Discretionary 6-8
Driving
otherwise than
in accordance
with a licence
(LC20)
£1,000 Discretionary 3-6
Using a hand
held phone
whilst driving
£1,000 Discretionary 3-6
Speeding (SP10,
SP20, SP20,
SP40, SP50 -
this depends on
the type of
vehicle you
were driving)
£1,000 Discretionary 3-6 or a fixed
penalty (3)
Traffic Light
Offence
£1,000 Discretionary 3

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Driving Offences - Penalty Points Guide

  • 1. Road Traffic Offences Penalty Points Guide 5 Regional offices Expert driving offence solicitors We will travel to wherever you need us 96% of our clients would recommend us to a friend 96% Over 135 years of experience Variety of specialist lawyers 135YEARS Join our Social Networks Don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our expert driving offence solicitors for specialist advice: Phone: 0333 200 2300 Web: www.bannerjones.co.uk Why Choose Banner Jones? Road Traffic offences are put in place to punish individuals who are seen to be acting irresponsibly on the road. Any motorist should be aware of the penalties they may face if they are charged with a road traffic offence. Motorists should also be aware of how to present their case. Fixed fee, clear and competitive conveyancing charges Penalty Points If you are convicted of a road traffic offence this could lead to an endorsement on your driving licence. If you receive too many points on your licence you run the risk of losing it completely and then face a potential driving ban. Receiving penalty points on your licence can affect the amount you pay for your insurance as well as having other complications. The punishment you receive for a driving offence will depend on the type of offence you have committed and its seriousness. The courts will make a judgement on the sentence to impose according to the circumstances of the road traffic offence, however; it must order points to be endorsed on the licence according to the fixed number or the set range identified below. The court has the discretion to disqualify the motorist for any road traffic offence that carries penalty points. This disqualification will usually only be for a few weeks or months. Sometimes in exceptional circumstances automatic disqualification can be appealed leading to the court not disqualifying or endorsing any penalty points. If you are facing a court proceeding due to a road traffic offence you should seek expert legal advice about your defence. Road Traffic Offences Table Below we have highlighted some of the main road traffic offences and the likely punishments a court will order. Offence Maximum Length of Imprisonment Maximum Fine Disqualification Cause of death by dangerous driving (DD80) 14 years Penalty Points Unrestricted 2 years minimum 3-11 (if not disqualified due to exceptional circumstances) Dangerous Driving (DD40) 2 years Unrestricted Compulsory 3-11 (if not disqualified due to exceptional circumstances) Cause of death by careless driving under the influence of drink (CD40) or drugs (CD50) 14 years Unrestricted 2 years minimum 3-11 (if not disqualified due to exceptional circumstances) Careless and inconsiderate driving £5,000 Discretionary 3-9 Driving whilst unfit through drink (DR20) or drugs (DR80) or with excess alcohol (DR10) or failing to provide specimen for analysis (DR30) 6 months £5,000 Discretionary 3-11 (if not disqualified due to exceptional circumstances) Failing to stop after an accident (AC10) or failing to report an accident 6 months £5,000 Discretionary 5-10 Driving when disqualified (BA10, BA30) 6 months £5,000 Discretionary 3-6 Driving after refusal or revocation of licence on medical grounds (LC50) 6 months £5,000 Discretionary 3-6 Driving without insurance £5,000 Discretionary 6-8 Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence (LC20) £1,000 Discretionary 3-6 Using a hand held phone whilst driving £1,000 Discretionary 3-6 Speeding (SP10, SP20, SP20, SP40, SP50 - this depends on the type of vehicle you were driving) £1,000 Discretionary 3-6 or a fixed penalty (3) Traffic Light Offence £1,000 Discretionary 3