Penalty Points, Endorsements & Fixed Penalty Notices

Accumulating 12 or more penalty points in 3 years will lead to a driving disqualification, known as totting up, unless you can show the courts that a ban from driving will cause you, your business or family members hardship in some serious way.

Almost all motoring offences attract penalty points. Many can be dealt with by a fixed penalty notice but in the more serious cases they will have to be dealt with by the court. The courts have a range of points which they can impose for each offence

A Fixed Penalty Notice is known as an FPN; the police can issue these for many offences including the following:

  • Speeding
  • Careless driving
  • Driving without insurance
  • Using a mobile phone whilst driving
  • Defective tyres
  • Defective brakes
  • Driving whilst carrying a dangerous load
  • Failing to adhere to a traffic sign
  • Failing to wear a helmet (motorcyclists)

 

The most common types of FPN’s are for Speeding (3 points and £100 fine), Using a mobile phone whilst driving (3 points and £100 fine) and Driving with no insurance (6 points and £300 fine).

Once you have complied with the terms of the Fixed Penalty Notice you cannot be prosecuted for the same offence before a Magistrates Court.

If 12 or more penalty points are accumulated within a 3-year period, a court is required by law to impose a minimum disqualification period of 6 months. If, however the driver has a previous disqualification of 56 days or more within the last 3 years, or 2 years if they have 2 disqualifications, the minimum disqualification time is 12 months.

A court has a discretion not to disqualify if they are satisfied that you or some other party might suffer exceptional hardship

How we can help

If you are issued with a fixed penalty notice for a motoring offence or face a court summons and you do not accept you have committed the offence, or believe that there are circumstances in connection with the offence that should be considered, you should seek professional legal advice. Brian Koffman & Co are specialist motoring offence solicitors and have years of experience in handling cases like these. Our knowledge and expertise will ensure we reach the best possible outcome for you.

Contact us today

If you have been charged with a motoring offence you will need the knowledge, expertise and support of a solicitor who understands, we can help. Please contact Brian Koffman & Co on 0161 832 3852 or submit an enquiry.