Fixed Penalty Notices

Fixed penalty notices are a means of on-the-spot punishment for driving offences. You can be disqualified from driving if you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of 3 years, but new drivers will have their licence revoked if they get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing the test.

What is the Fixed Penalty Notice?

The fixed penalty notice allows the Police to take immediate on-the spot action against drivers who commit a range of traffic offences. A fixed penalty notice may also be issued to you via the post – for instance, when you have been caught on camera committing a speeding or red light offence.

The fixed penalty notice is no substitute for those drivers who commit the most serious of offences. They will be prosecuted in court where they can expect to face higher charges and greater penalties.

Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notice

An endorsable fixed penalty notice is issued for most traffic offences – a fine of £100 or more and your driving licence endorsed with between 3 and 11 penalty points. Examples of endorsable offences include:

  • Speeding
  • Going through a red light
  • Using a mobile phone whilst driving
  • Pedestrian crossing offences
  • No insurance (£300 and 6 penalty points)

Each offence carries a set amount of penalty points that can be put on your driving licence.

If you tot-up twelve or more penalty points within three years, you will receive an automatic driving ban of at least six months. For some offences will have to retake your driving test.

These penalty points must remain on your licence for 4 or 11 years depending on the offence, although they will only count for tot-up purposes for three years.

Non-Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notice

A Non-Endorsable FPN is issued for milder parking or traffic offences. You will receive a fine of between £50 and £100 subject to the offence, but no penalty points on your driving licence. Examples of non-endorsable offences include:

  • Driving a vehicle with no MOT
  • Failure to comply with a traffic sign
  • Failing to wear a seatbelt
  • Parking offences

New drivers – beware

Your licence will be revoked if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your test.

Any penalty points on your provisional licence that haven’t expired will be carried over to your full licence when you pass your test. However, your licence will be revoked if you get any further penalty points that take you up to a total of 6 or more within 2 years of passing your driving test.

If your licence is revoked within 2 years, you’ll have to apply and pay for a new provisional licence and pass both theory and practical parts of the driving test again to get a full licence.

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