Motoring offences you might not know about
Following the rules of the road cuts the risks of accidents and keeps everyone safe. That’s why the consequences of breaking these rules can be so severe. But don’t worry, we’ve found the most common motoring offences, including a couple you may not know about, to help keep you safe on the road and out of trouble with the law.
What’s the price of motoring offences?
There are five possible penalties if you are convicted of a motoring offence:
Often, you will receive a fine in addition to any of the penalties listed below. This can range from £30 to £5,000.
2. Penalty points
Penalty points are put in place every time you are caught offending. This can cause the cost of your insurance to rise as you are considered a bigger risk and can eventually lead to a driving ban.
An endorsement is a record of your conviction for a motoring offence. It will stay on your licence for either four or 11 years, depending on the severity of your offence.
4. Driving disqualifications
If you rack up 12 or more points within three years, you’ll automatically be disqualified from driving thanks to the ‘totting up system’. This ban is usually up to six months for a first offence, but a minimum of 12 months if you have had previous ‘totting up’ disqualifications.
If you are a new driver and you reach a total of six points within two years of passing your test, you’ll no longer be a qualified driver and will have to retake both parts of your test.
You can also receive an instant ban for certain offences that we’ve listed below.
5. Prison sentence
Prison sentences only apply to very serious cases; you are more likely to get a ban or a number of points for most common motoring offences.
However, you won’t have to worry about any of that if you remember this list of the 12 most common driving offences when you’re out on the road:
Top 12 driving offences:
Penalty: Dependent on speed travelling and where offence took place. Ranges from 3 points on your licence to an automatic ban, plus fines between £60 to £2,500.
2. Using phone while driving
Penalty: 3 points and £60 fine
3. Not wearing a seatbelt
Penalty: Fine up to £500
Penalty – in line with careless driving so between 3-9 points, a period of disqualification and a fine of up to £5000
5. Failing to stop at a red light
Penalty – Red light ticket; £100 fine and 3 points on your licence
6. Driving without an MOT
Penalty – £1000 fine, can invalidate insurance.
7. Driving while under the influence
Penalty: Minimum disqualification for excess consumption will be 12 months, 36 if a second offence within ten years.Fine of up to £5,000 and possible prison term depending on severity.
8. Driving without due care and attention
Penalty: Less serious offences – fixed penalty notice fine £100 and 3 penalty points.
More serious offences – Court case, maximum £5,000 fine, between 3 and 9 penalty points
9. Dangerous driving
Penalty: Can lead to imprisonment (any term, not exceeding two years) and a fine. Also, mandatory disqualification for 12 months and will return to being a learner driver and will have to re-sit their test.
10. Driving while disqualified
Penalty: Up to 12 months in prison, fine up to £5,000
11. Driving without insurance
Penalty: £5,000 fine, 8 penalty points, and in some cases a period of disqualification
12. Defective tyres
Penalty: Up to £2,500 fine, 3 penalty points
There are a couple more unusual offences that you should keep an eye on: parking a vehicle in a dangerous position, driving down a play street during designated times and even driving with uncorrected defective eyesight can incur penalty points. You can also be reprimanded for failing to stop and report an incident – this sometimes results in a £2,500 fine and points on your licence, even if you didn’t cause the accident.