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Driving Conviction Codes Explained

23rd January 2018

Do you know your SP50s from your DR10s?

Let’s be honest, driving conviction codes for motoring offences in the UK can be confusing. But it’s important information every motorist should know, as it can affect the cost and terms of your car insurance.

Because getting convicted driver insurance isn’t a one size fits all approach – you’ll need to get a bespoke product based on your type of driving offence.

As you’re probably aware, insurance for convicted drivers is going to be costly (so make that one incentive to remain safe on the roads)!

Below you’ll find examples of some common driving offences, plus a full list of the UK driving conviction codes:

Common Driving Offences

Driving Penalties for Speeding

Code: SP30

Offence: Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road.

Description: Getting caught speeding on a public road (one of the most common motoring convictions in the UK).

Penalty: Minimum £100 fine and 3-6 points on your licence.

Code: SP50

Offence: Exceeding speed limit on a motorway.

Description: Speeding on a motorway is exceeding 70mph (60mph for vehicles above a certain height, carrying certain weight or towing other vehicles).

Penalty: A fine + 3 – 6 points on your licence (valid for 4 years). If you receive the maximum 6 points and have been driving for less than 2 years, you’ll have your licence revoked.

Driving Penalties for Traffic Light Offences

Code: TS10

Offence: Traffic light offence.

Description: A TS10 driving offence is failing to comply with traffic light signals. So for example, driving through a red light.

Penalty: 3 points on your licence (valid for 4 years).

Driving Penalties for Insurance Offences

Code: IN10

Offence: Driving without valid insurance.

Description: Motor insurance is compulsory for protection against third-party risks.

If you get convicted of driving a vehicle without insurance, invalid or incorrect insurance, you’ll receive an IN10 on your licence.

Penalty: 6 -8  points on your licence (valid for 4 years).

Driving Penalties for Mobile Offences

Code: CU80

Offence: Driving whilst using a mobile phone.

Description: Driving whilst using a handheld device, which includes making calls, texting, checking maps, using apps, etc.  Exemptions are made in the case of an emergency.

This law even applies when a vehicle isn’t moving, such as at traffic lights. Hands-free devices are allowed, but motorists can still be convicted if it causes dangerous driving.

Penalty: New driving penalties for using a mobile at the wheel were introduced in March, in a crackdown on the offence. It’s now a £200 spot fine and 6 points on your licence (valid for 4 years).

Driving Penalties for Drinking Offences

Code: DR10

Offence: Driving over the alcohol limit.

Description: Driving or attempting to drive when above the allowable alcohol limit (80mg of per 100ml of blood).

Penalty: 3 – 11 points on your licence (valid for 11 years), and a possible driving ban. Convictions in serious cases.

Driving Penalties for Careless Driving Offences

Code: CD10

Offence: Driving without due care and attention.

Description: Examples of being convicted under a CD10 penalty include tailgating, undertaking, dangerous overtaking, driving too slow,  general distractions at the wheel and more.

Penalty: 3 – 9 points on your licence (valid for 4 years).

Special Code

Code: TT99

Offence: “Totting Up” 12+ points on your licence.

Description: A TT99 code is used for drivers that accumulate 12 or more points on their licence within a 3 year period.

Penalty: Disqualified from driving.

Full List of UK Driving Codes

Accident Offences

Code Offence Penalty Points
AC10 Failing to stop after an accident 5-10
AC20 Failure to report an accident within 24 hours or give particulars 5-10
AC30 Undefined accident offences 4-9

Disqualified Driver

Code Offence Penalty Points
BA10 Driving while disqualified by order of Court 6
BA30 Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of Court 6
BA40 Causing death by driving while disqualified 3-11
BA60 Causing serious injury by driving while disqualified 3-11

Careless Driving

Code       OffencePenalty 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/reasonable consideration 3-9
CD40      Causing death by 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 when alcohol level above limit 3-11
CD70      Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis 3-11
CD80      Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving 3-11
CD90     Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers 3-11

Construction and Use Offences

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

Reckless / Dangerous Driving

Code Offence Penalty Points
DD10 Causing serious injury by dangerous driving 3-11
DD40 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

Drugs

Code Offence Penalty Points
DG10 Driving or attempting to drive with drug level above the specified limit 3-11
DG40 In charge of a vehicle while drug level above specified limit 10
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
DR90 In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs 10

Alcohol

Code     OffencePenalty Points                                                 
DR10     Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol concentration above limit 3-11
DR20     Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drink 3-11
DR30     Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to provide a specimen for testing 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
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
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
DR70     Failing to provide specimen for breath test 4

Insurance Offences

CodeOffence Penalty Points
IN10Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks 6-8

Licence Offences

Code Offence Penalty Points
LC20 Driving without 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

Code    Offence Penalty Points                                   
MS10    Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position 3
MS20    Unlawful pillion riding 3
MS30    Play Street Offence 2
MS50    Motor racing on the highway 3-11
MS60    Offences not covered by other codes (including offences relating to breach of  requirements as to control of vehicle) 3
MS70    Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight 3
MS80    Refusing to submit to an eyesight test 3
MS90    Failing to give information as to identity of driver etc 6

Motorway Offences

Code Offence Penalty Points
MW10 Breach of Special Roads Regulations (excluding speed limits) 3

Pedestrian Crossings

Code Offence Penalty Points
PC10 Undefined breach of Pedestrian crossing Regulations 3
PC20 Breach of Pedestrian crossing Regulations with moving vehicle 3
PC30 Breach of Pedestrian crossing Regulations Stationary vehicle 3

Speeding

Code    Offence Penalty Points
SP10     Exceeding goods vehicle speed limit 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 Directions and Signs

Code      Offence Penalty Points      
TS10      Failing to comply with traffic light signals 3
TS20      Failing to comply with double white lines 3
TS30      Failing to comply with a ‘Stop’ sign 3
TS40      Failing to comply with directions of a constable/traffic 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

CodeOffence Penalty
TT99“Totting Up” 12+ penalties within 3 years Disqualification

Theft / Unauthorised Taking

CodeOffence Penalty Points
UT50Aggravated taking of a vehicle   3-11

 

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Click here for the full list of UK driving offences codes from the gov website.

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