Driving Offence Codes

Have you been issued with a driving offence code but are unsure what it means, or the consequences of receiving it? Here are 1Solicitors, we’re able to thoroughly explain your rights and expectations when being issued with motoring offence codes, allowing you to understand the process and work towards putting together a compelling defence strategy.

What are traffic offence codes?

In the UK, driving offence codes are handed out after you’ve committed some form of road traffic offence. This can be anything from dangerous driving to speeding offence codes, but you may have been handed a code, of which you’re unsure about its’ meaning.

Here is a definitive list of traffic offence codes that can be given to UK drivers, along with the number of penalty points that you should expect to receive on your driving license:

Failing to stop after an accident

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
AC10Failing to stop after an accident5 – 10
AC20Failing to give a report of the accident, within 24 hours5 – 10
AC30Undefined traffic offences4 – 9

Driving whilst disqualified

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
BA10Driving whilst disqualified (by Court order)6
BA30Attempting to drive while disqualified (by Court order)6
BA40Causing death whilst driving in a disqualification period3 – 11
BA60Causing serious injury whilst driving in a disqualification period3 – 11

Careless driving

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
CD10Driving without due care and attention3 – 9
CD20Driving whilst being inconsiderate to other road users3 – 9
CD30Driving without due care and attention OR without being considerate to other road users3 – 9
CD40Causing death by careless driving when unfit through alcohol3 – 11
CD50Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs3 – 11
CD60Causing death by careless driving when unfit through alcohol that is above the legal limit3 – 11
CD70Causing death by careless driving, then failing to supply a sample for alcohol analysis3 – 11

Construction use offences

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
CU10Using a vehicle with defective and/or faulty breaks3
CU20Causing (or likely to cause) danger by use of unsuitable vehicle, or using a vehicle with defective parts and/or accessories in a dangerous condition3
CU30Using a vehicle with defective and/or faulty tyre(s)3
CU40Using a vehicle with defective and/or faulty steering3
CU50Causing (or likely to cause) danger by the load of passengers3
CU80Breaching the requirements to control a vehicle, such as using a mobile phone whilst driving3 – 6

Dangerous or reckless driving

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
DD10Causing serious injury through dangerous or reckless driving3 – 11
DD40Dangerous and/or reckless driving3 – 11
DD60Manslaughter or homicide whilst driving a vehicle3 – 11
DD80Causing death by dangerous and/or reckless driving3 – 11
DD90Furious driving3 – 9

Drink-driving

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
DR10Driving (or attempting to) whilst over the legal alcohol limit3 – 11
DR20Driving (or attempting to) while unfit, through alcohol3 – 11
DR30Driving (or attempting to), then failing to supply a sample for analysis3 – 11
DR31Driving (or attempting to), then refusing to give permission for a blood sample due to incapacity3 – 11
DR40Being in charge of a vehicle while over the legal alcohol limit10
DR50Being in charge of a vehicle while unfit, through alcohol10
DR60Failing to provide a sample for analysis, in circumstances other than driving (or attempting to)10
DR61Refusing to give permission for analysis of the blood sample that was taken due to incapacity, in circumstances other than driving (or attempting to)10
DR70Failing to provide a sample for a breath test4

Drugs

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
DG10Driving (or attempting to) with drug level above the legal limit3 – 11
DG40Being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal drug limit10
DG60Causing death by careless driving whilst above the legal drug limit3 – 11
DG80Driving (or attempting to) whilst unfit, through drugs3 – 11
DG90Being in charge of a vehicle when unfit, through drugs10

Insurance traffic offences

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
IN10Using a vehicle whilst uninsured against third-parties6 – 8

Offences for your driving license

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
LC20Driving otherwise than in accordance with a license3 – 6
LC30Driving after making a false declaration about your fitness levels when applying for a license3 – 6
LC40Driving a vehicle without notifying a disability3 – 6
LC50Driving after a license has been cancelled or revoked on medical grounds3 – 6

Miscellaneous driving offence codes

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
MS10Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position3
MS20Unlawful pillion (passenger) riding3
MS30Play street offences2
MS50Racing on the motorway3 – 11
MS60Offences not covered by any other code (including offences for the break of requirements)3
MS70Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight3
MS80Refusing to submit to an eye test3
MS90Failing to give the information as to the identity of a driver6

Motorway offences

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
MW10Contravention of special roads regulations (not including speed limits)3

Pedestrian crossing traffic offence codes

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
PC10Undefinably contravening the regulations of pedestrian crossings3
PC20Contravention of pedestrian crossings with a moving vehicle3
PC30Contravention of pedestrian crossings with a static or stationary vehicle3

Speeding offence codes

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
SP10Exceeding a goods vehicle over the speed limit3 – 6
SP20Exceeding the speed limit for the type of vehicle (not including goods or passenger vehicles)3 – 6
SP30Exceeding the statutory speed limit of a public road3 – 6
SP40Exceeding the passenger vehicle speed limit3 – 6
SP50Exceeding the motorway speed limit3 – 6

Traffic signs and road directions

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
TS10Failing to comply with traffic light signals3
TS20Failing to comply with double-white lines3
TS30Failing to comply with a Stop sign3
TS40Failing to comply with the direction of warden3
TS50Failing to comply with traffic signs (excluding those listed above)3
TS60Failing to comply with a school crossing patrol sign3
TS70Undefined failure to comply with a road traffic direction sign3

Special codes

If you’re given the TT99 code, it must stay on your record for at least four years from the date of the conviction. It shows that you’ve been disqualified under the “totting-up” ban – if the total number of penalty points reaches 12 or more within three years.

Theft or unauthorised driving or taking

Driving offence codeDetailsPenalty points on license
UT50Aggravated taking of a vehicle3 – 11

Not sure what to do about your DVLA offence codes?

Here at 1Solicitors, we understand that being issued with a driving offence code can wreak havoc on your daily life. Whether it’s your first offence or you’re nearing towards the 12-point legal limit, we’re able to assist.

Wherever possible, we strive to reduce the penalty that you get when receiving a traffic offence code. Whether it’s proving that you had a special reason or simply finding evidence to show that you didn’t even commit the offence, we’re always on-hand to help.

Book your initial appointment today!

To enquire about how we can help to reduce the penalty points for your specific DVLA offence codes, simply get in touch today. We’d be more than happy to help!

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