What do the codes on your driving licence actually mean?


07 Feb
07Feb

What do the codes on my Driving Licence Mean?

Lucinda Dore Legal Services are often asked what the Road Traffic Codes on our clients driving licence mean – drivers often need to declare their driving records to third parties such as insurance companies, hire vehicle companies or to employers but cannot understand the abbreviations used to record offences on their licences.

This useful table will assist you as it shows a list of all the Road Traffic Codes :-


ACCIDENT OFFENCES

CODE

OFFENCE DESCRIPTION

AC10

Failing to Stop after an accident

AC20

Failing to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours

AC30

Undefined accident offences



DISQUALIFICATION FROM DRIVING OFFENCES

BA 10

Driving whilst Disqualified by order of the court

BA30

Attempting to Drive whilst Disqualified by order of the court

BA 40

Causing Death by Driving Whilst Disqualified

BA 60

Causing Serious Injury by Driving Whilst Disqualified



CARELESS DRIVING OFFENCES

CD10

Driving without due care and attention

CD20

Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users

CD30

Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users

CD40

Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink

CD50

Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs

CD60

Causing death by careless driving when alcohol above the legal limit

CD70

Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis

CD80

Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving

CD90

Causing death by driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers



CONSTRUCTION & USE OFFENCES

CU10

Using vehicle with defective brakes

CU20

Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of use of unsuitable vehicle or using a vehicle with parts or accessories (excluding brakes, steering or tyres) in a dangerous condition

CU30

Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s)

CU40

Using a vehicle with defective steering

CU50

Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers

CU80

Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, mobile telephone etc..



RECKLESS/DANGEROUS DRIVING

DD10

Causing serious injury by Dangerous Driving

DD40

Dangerous Driving

DD60

Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle

DD80

Causing death by dangerous driving

DD90

Furious Driving



DRINK DRIVING OFFENCES

DR10

Drive or Attempt to drive with alcohol level above legal limit

DR20

Driving or Attempting to drive while unfit through drink

DR30

Driving or Attempting to drive then failing to provide a specimen for analysis

DR31

Driving or Attempting to drive then refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity

DR61

Refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive

DR40

In Charge of motor vehicle while alcohol above the legal limit

DR50

In Charge of motor vehicle while unfit through drink

DR60

Failing to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive

DR70

Failing to provide a specimen for breath test



DRUG OFFENCES

DG10

Driving or Attempting to drive with drug level above the specified limit

DG60

Causing death by careless driving with drug level above the specified limit

DR80

Driving or Attempting to drive when unfit through drugs

DG40

In Charge of vehicle while drug level above the specified limit

DR90

In Charge of vehicle when unfit through drugs



INSURANCE OFFENCES

IN10

Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks



LICENCE OFFENCES

LC20

Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence

LC30

Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence

LC40

Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability

LC50

Driving after a licence has been revoked and refused on medical grounds



MISCELLANEOUS OFFENCES

MS10

Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position

MS20

Unlawful pillion riding

MS30

Play Street Offences

MS50

Motor Racing on the highway

MS60

Offences not covered by other codes (includes offences relating to breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle)

MS70

Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight

MS80

Refusing to submit an eyesight test

MS90

Failure to give information as to identity of the driver etc..



MOTORWAY OFFENCES

MW10

Contravention of special road regulations (excluding speed limits)



PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS

PC10

Undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations

PC20

Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with moving vehicle

PC30

Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with stationery vehicle



SPEED LIMIT OFFENCES

SP10

Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits

SP20

Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles)

SP30

Exceeding speed limit on a public road

SP40

Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit

SP50

Exceeding speed limit on motorway



TRAFFIC DIRECTION AND SIGNS

TS10

Failing to comply with traffic light signals

TS20

Failing to comply with double white lines

TS30

Failing to comply with ‘stop’ sign

TS40

Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden

TS50

Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding ‘stop’ signs, traffic lights or double white lines)

TS60

Failing to comply with school crossing

TS70

Undefined failure to comply with a traffic sign



Special Code

TT99

Totting up – If the total points accumulated reaches 12 or more in a three year period the driver is liable to be disqualified



THEFT OR UNAUTHORISED TAKING

UT50

Aggravated taking of a motor vehicle



MUTUAL RECOGNITION CODES

If you are driving whilst driving in Northern Ireland, Isle of Man or Republic of Ireland your disqualification period will also apply in Great Britain and the offence will be marked on your licence with the following codes -

MR09

Reckless or dangerous driving (whether or not resulting in death, injury or serious risk)

MR19

Wilful refusal to carry out the obligation placed on driver after being involved in a road traffic accident (hit and run)

MR29

Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance affecting or diminishing the mental and physical abilities of a driver

MR39

Driving a vehicle faster than the permitted speed

MR49

Driving a vehicle whilst disqualified

MR59

Other Conduct constituting an offence for which a driving disqualification has been imposed by the State of Offence



It is also an offence to aide, abet, counsel or procure another to commit another of the above offences – for these offences the codes are similar but the 0 is replaced with a 2.



It is also an offence to cause or permit any of these offences – these codes are also similar although the 0 of the code is replaced with a 4.



It is an offence to Incite any of the above offences – in these cases the 0 in the code is replaced with a 6



LD Legal can provide advice and assistance in relation to any of the above offences – Lucinda Dore Solicitor can be contacted at the office 01273030339 or via email lucinda@ldlegalservices.co.uk

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