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Guide to Driving Offence Codes

Every different driving offence has its own road traffic offence code. These codes are grouped together so that the different kinds of offence, such as drink driving (DR), careless driving (CD) or dangerous driving (DD), are identified by the first two letters of that code.

The range of possible licence endorsements (licence penalty points), fines and additional actions depends on the severity of the offence. Penalty points will stay on your licence for a minimum of 4 years, and 11 years for the most serious driving offences.

If you have been charged with a driving offence and are in Manchester, Cheshire, Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Leeds, Bradford or Huddersfield, our team of driving offence solicitors are ready to guide you through the decision-making and legal process.

Here is a list of some of the most common driving offences and their endorsement codes:

Endorsement Code

Description

Penalty Points

CD10

Driving without due care and attention

3 – 9

CD20

Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users

3 – 9

CD30

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

3 – 9

CD40

Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink

3 – 11

CD50

Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs

3 – 11

CD60

Causing death by careless driving while over the alcohol limit

3 – 11

CD70

Causing death by careless driving and failing to provide a specimen

3 – 11

CD80

Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving

3 – 11

CD90

Causing death by driving unlicensed, disqualified or without insurance

3 – 11

DD10

Causing serious injury by dangerous driving

3 – 11

DD40

Dangerous driving

3 – 11

DD60

Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle

3 – 11

DD80

Causing death by dangerous driving

3 – 11

DD90

Furious driving

3 – 9

DR10

Driving or attempting to drive over the alcohol limit

3 – 11

DR20

Driving or attempting to drive when unfit though drink

3 – 11

DR30

Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to provide a specimen

3 – 11

DR40

In charge of a vehicle while over the alcohol limit

10

DR50

In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink

10

DR60

Failure to provide a specimen in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive

10

DR70

Failing to provide a specimen for a breath test

4

DG10

Driving or attempting to drive above the specified limit

3 – 11

DG40

In charge of a vehicle while above the specified limit

10

DG60

Causing death by careless driving with drug level above the limit

3 – 11

DR80

Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drugs

3 – 11

DR90

In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs

10

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