Motoring Offence Codes

Getting charged with a motoring offence can be a daunting experience – and you may not be sure what to do. You may need you licence for your job, or caring for and visiting your family. That's why in the first instance, you should seek legal advice from a professional motoring offences solicitor who will be able to advise you on what your next steps are.


If you’ve been issued a fine and penalty points – but aren’t sure what exactly it means – Simpson Millar are on hand to explain what each endorsement is – and how many points you may receive for them. We are realistic about what your options are, and we always endeavour to get you the best possible outcome.

Each endorsement will come with a set amount of points on your licence, and will vary in severity depending on the offence at hand. The points will remain on your licence for 4 or 11 years.

Below we've put together a list of the offences we see most frequently – and the details of what they entail.

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ACCIDENTS

Accident related offence codes and penalty points that can be put onto your driving record.

Effective for 4 years from the date of the offence:

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


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DRIVING DISQUALIFICATIONS

Driving disqualification related offence codes and penalty points that can be put onto your driving record.

BA10 and BA30, effective 4 years from the date of the offence. BA40 and BA60 effective for 4 years from the date of the conviction:

Code Given Offence Committed Points Given
BA10 Driving whilst disqualified 6
BA30 Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court 6
BA40 Causing death by driving while disqualified 3 to 11
BA60 Causing serious injury by driving while disqualified 3 to 11


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CARELESS DRIVING

Offence codes and penalty points relating to carelessness on the road that can be put onto your driving record.

Effective 4 years from the date of the conviction:

Code Given Offence Committed Points Given
CD10 Driving without due care and attention 3 to 9
CD20 Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users 3 to 9
CD30 Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users 3 to 9
CD80 Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving 3 to 11
CD90 Causing death by driving: unlicenced, disqualified or uninsured drivers 3 to 11

Effective 11 years from the date of the conviction:

Code Given Offence Committed Points Given
CD40 Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink 3 to 11
CD50 Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs 3 to 11
CD60 Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit 3 to 11
CD70 Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis 3 to 11


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RECKLESS AND DANGEROUS DRIVING

Offence codes and penalty points relating to reckless and dangerous driving that can be put onto your driving record.

Effective 4 years from the date of the conviction:

Code Given Offence Committed Points Given
DD10 Causing serious injury by dangerous driving unfit through drink 3 to 11
DD40 Dangerous driving 3 to 11
DD60 Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle 3 to 11
DD80 Causing death by dangerous driving 3 to 11
DD90 Furious driving 3 to 9


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DRINK AND DRUG DRIVING

Offence codes and penalty points relating to drink or drug driving that can be put onto your driving record.

The below are effective 11 years from the date of the conviction.

Code Given Offence Committed Points Given
DR10 Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit 3 to 11
DR20 Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink 3 to 11
DR30 Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis 3 to 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 to 11
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
DG10 Driving or attempting to drive with drug level above the specified limit 3 to 11
DG60 Causing death by careless driving with drug level above the limit 3 to 11
DG80 Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs 3 to 11

The below are effective for 4 years from the date of the offence or 4 years from date of conviction where a disqualification is imposed.

Code Given Offence Committed Points Given
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
DR70 Failing to provide specimen for breath test 4
DG40 In charge of a vehicle while drug level above specified limit 10
DG90 In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs 10


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SPEEDING

Speeding related offence codes and penalty points that can be put onto your driving record.

Effective 4 years from the date of the offence:

Code Given Offence Committed Points Given
SP10 Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits 3 to 6
SP20 Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles) 3 to 6
SP30 Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road 3 to 6b
SP40 Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit 3 to 6
SP50 Exceeding speed limit on a motorway 3 to 6


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SPECIAL ENDORSEMENTS

Offence codes and penalty points that can be put onto your driving record under special circumstances.

Effective 4 years from the date of conviction:

Code Given Offence Committed Points Given
TT99 Disqualification under 'totting-up' rules; if the number of penalty points is 12 or more within 3 years, the driver can be disqualified. Depending on offence committed
MR09, MR19, MR29, MR39, MR49, MR59 If disqualified in Northern Ireland, Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland, you will also be disqualified in GB Depending on offence committed


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TRAFFIC DIRECTION AND SIGNS

Traffic direction and road sign related offence codes and penalty points that can be put onto your driving record.

Effective 4 years from the date of conviction:

Code Given Offence Committed Points Given
TS10 Failing to comply with traffic light signals 3
TS20 Failing to comply with double white lines 3
TS30 Failing to comply with 'stop' sign 3
TS40 Failing to comply with direction of a constable/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


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MISCELLANEOUS OFFENCES

Miscellaneous offence codes and penalty points that can be put onto your driving record.

Effective 4 years from the date of conviction:

Code Given Offence Committed Points Given
MS10 Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position 3
MS20 Unlawful pillion riding 3
MS30 Play street offences 2
MS50 Motor racing on the highway 3 to 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 Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc 6

Any instance where you are given an endorsement and penalty points could result in:

  • Disqualification or loss of your driving licence
  • Loss of job and/or job prospects
  • Increased insurance costs, and
  • Inability to fulfil family obligations

However many points you have, or are expected to receive on your licence, our team of expert motoring offence solicitors can advise you on the next best steps for your case.


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