How many penalty points do you get for speeding?

Speeding is the most common road traffic offence and is generally dealt with at the roadside by a fixed penalty for 3 points and a £100 fine. If the matter goes to Court, the Court can impose 3-6 penalty points. A Court has the power to impose a discretionary period of disqualification instead of penalty points. A fine of up to £1,000 can be imposed, rising to £2,500 if the offence was committed on a motorway. In England and Wales and Northern Ireland a Speed Awareness Course may be offered (at present the course is not available in Scotland). Further information regarding potential sentences in England and Wales can be found by visiting the Sentencing Council's Speeding Penalties (revised version 2017).

Check My Penalty Points

You can check your official driver record by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

You will be asked to provide your driving licence number, National Insurance number, and your postcode. You can choose to share this information with a third-party e.g. your solicitor

How Long Do Points Stay On Your Licence in UK?

Penalty points stay on your driver record for 4 years. The points only count for the purposes of 'totting-up' for a period of 3 years from date of offence to date of offence.

Disqualifications for most offences will remain on your licence for 4 years. The exception to that is 'qualifying offences' (e.g. drink/drug driving; failing to provide a specimen when suspected of driving) which will remain on your licence for 11 years from the date of disqualification.

Penalty Points For Road Traffic Offences

A full list of penalties for road traffic offences can be located in Schedule 2 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.

Here are the penalties for the most common offences:
Offence Penalty (*denotes discretionary ban available)
Speeding 3-6 points* and a fine of up to £2,500
Careless Driving 3-9 points* and a fine of up to £5,000
Dangerous Driving Obligatory minimum 1 year ban, a fine of up to £10,000 (or up to 6 months imprisonment or both), and a compulsory extended test
Causing Serious Injury By Dangerous Driving Obligatory minimum 2 year ban, a fine of up to £10,000 (or up to 5 years imprisonment or both), and a compulsory extended test
Failing to Comply With a Red Light 3 points* and a fine of up to £1,000
Driving Without Appropriate Insurance 6-8 points* and a fine of up to £5,000
Causing and Permitting Another To Drive Without Insurance 6-8 points* and a fine of up to £5,000
Driving Without A Licence/Without The Correct Licence 3-6 points* and a fine of up to £1,000
Causing and Permitting Another to Driving Without a Licence/Without Appropriate Licence A fine of up to £1,000
Failure To Provide Information to Identify a Driver 6 points* and a fine of up to £1,000
Failure to Stop/Failure to Report an Accident 5-10 points* and a fine of up to £5,000 (or up to 6 months imprisonment)
Taking A Vehicle Without Consent 8 points* and a fine of up to £10,000 (or up to 3 months imprisonment)
Failure To Stop For The Police Non-endorseable (no points) but you may be fined up to £1,000
Driving Whilst Disqualified 6 points* and a fine of up to £10,000 (or up to 12 months imprisonment)
Using a Mobile Phone Whilst Driving 6 points* and a fine of up to £2,500
Driving Under the Influence of Drink or Drugs Obligatory minimum 1 year ban (rising to 3 years if a previous qualifying offence within preceding 10 years) and a fine of up to £5,000 (or up to 6 months imprisonment)
Being in Charge of a Vehicle Whilst Under the Influence of Drink or Drugs Minimum 10 points* and a fine of up to £2,500 (or up to 3 months imprisonment)
Failure To Provide A Breath Specimen At Roadside 4 points* and a fine of up to £1,000
Failure to Provide a Breath/Blood/Urine Specimen (Whilst Driving or Attempting to Drive) Obligatory minimum 1 year ban (rising to 3 years if a previous qualifying offence within preceding 10 years) and a fine of up to £5,000 (or up to 6 months imprisonment)
Failure to Provide a Breath/Blood/Urine Specimen (Whilst In Charge of a Motor Vehicle) Minimum 10 points* and a fine of up to £2,500 (or up to 3 months imprisonment)

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