Driving Licence Points

February 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Motoring Law, Transport

Driving Licence Points And What You Should Do

Driving licence points system is one in which a driver’s licensing authority, police force, or other organization issues cumulative demerits, or driving licence points to drivers on conviction for road traffic offences  Points may either be added or subtracted, depending on the particular system in use. A major offence may lead to more than the maximum allowed points being issued.

Driving licence points are typically applied after offences are committed, and cancelled a defined time, typically a few years, afterwards, or after other conditions are met; if the total exceeds a specified limit the offender may be disqualified from driving for a time, or the driving license may be revoked. Fines and other penalties may be applied additionally, either for an offence or after a certain number of points have been accumulated.

driving licence points

Each endorsement code carries a designated range of driving licence points, which are also added to the driving licence points total. The penalty number of points imposed in relation to a corresponding motoring offence is at the discretion of the court/magistrate and is often dependent on the circumstances of the offence committed, and the extent and circumstances of previous motoring violations that are recorded on the individual’s Driver Record.

In the UK, penalty points operate through a totting-up system. If, within a period of three (3) years, an individual accumulates 12 points or more, they are liable for disqualification. The endorsement code that would then appear on the individual’s Driver Record and the Endorsement Section of their driving licence is TT99. The recording time period for this endorsement code is four (4) years.


Speeding Summons / Court Summons / Citation (Scotland)
In cases where a Court process has been issued, the offence carries between 3 and 6 penalty points or a discretionary ban. The fine can range from £100 to £1,000 for offences on non–motorways and up to £2,500 for motorway offences.

Each endorsement has a unique offence code and is allocated penalty points on a scale from one to eleven, depending on the severity of the offence. The endorsement and penalty points are updated on a drivers record and written on a paper driving licence or the counterpart document of a photo card driving licence. If you have

Probationary period for new drivers

Since 1 June 1997 drivers who accumulate six or more penalty points within two years of passing a driving test (probationary period), will have their licences automatically revoked by the DVLA.
Persons who have their licence revoked will have to re-apply for a provisional licence and have to retake a test (theory and practical) to regain full entitlement. For further information call 101.

Statute – Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995

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