Driving Penalties and Fines For Traffic Offences

Last Updated: 1st May 2018
Driving Penalties and Fines For Traffic Offences

23rd September 2016

Everyone wants to be a good and safe driver, but there are times when mistakes are made and offences are deliberately committed. According to the RAC, the use of mobile phones whilst driving is on the rise with 31% of drivers admitting they use them. The number could be higher for those who did not admit it and yet use their mobile when driving.

The government are considering doubling the penalties and fines for using the mobile whilst driving from 3 points to 6 points and from £100 to £200. Newly qualified drivers need to take this into account especially as they have a 6-point ceiling for their first two years on the road. If they reach 6 points or more they will lose their licence.

But what other offences are there and how many points do you get on your licence?

Accident Offences

If an accident occurs and you are involved in it, you must stop and remain at the site. If you fail to stop after an accident, you can have up to 5-10 points added to your licence. A similar offence is failing to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours, which has the same amount of penalty points. There are a variety of other accident related offences that deliver 4-9 points on the licence.

Disqualified Drivers

If you have been disqualified, then you have already collected too many penalty points. However, if you continue to drive after being disqualified, you will earn yourself an additional 6 points. Even if you attempt to drive whilst disqualified gives you an additional 6 points.

Careless Driving

Careless driving is less being deliberately dangerous but it is far more reckless than causing an accident so the penalty threshold is higher.

For those who drive without due care and attention, so for example falling asleep at the wheel and then continually driving results in 3-9 points on your licence. If you are driving without reasonable consideration for other road users, which includes reckless lane changing, lack of indication at crucial moments and speeding also results in 3-9 points.

If you cause a death by carelessly driving under the influence of drink or drugs, you will be facing penalty points of 3-11. This is the same amount for if you cause a death by careless driving and then fail to supply a specimen for analysis.

Here are just a few examples of careless driving:
•Overtaking on the inside
•Driving too close to another vehicles/tailgating
•Driving through a red by mistake
•Turning into the path of another car
•Flashing lights at another car to force them to give way
•Misusing lanes to gain advantages over other drivers
•Unnecessarily staying in the overtaking lanes.

Dangerous Driving

The definition of dangerous driving is the driver is dangerous when they fall far below the minimum acceptable standard expected of a competent and care full driver and it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous.

Some examples of dangerous driving are:
•Racing or excessive speeding
•Ignoring traffic lights and road signs deliberately
•Overtaking dangerously
•Using a mobile phone whilst driving
•Looking or reading a map
•Talking to or looking at passengers

If you are convicted of dangerous driving, causing death by dangerous driving or manslaughter while driving a vehicle, you will not only face the possibility of a custodial sentence, you will also receive between 3-11 points, most likely the higher end.


Having points on your licence has consequences. Not only does it increase the price of your insurance premium, but it also risks you being turned down for car finance and car lease deals. If you drive correctly, safely and within the law you licence will remain clean. With a clean licence you can lease cars for personal use without having to worry.


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