Fixed Penalty Notices

Fixed penalty notices are a means of on-the-spot punishment for driving offences

Fixed penalty notices are issued for motoring offences, including speeding, driving while using a handheld phone or driving without insurance.

What is a Penalty Charge Notice (FPN)

There are two types of Fixed Penalty Notices:

  • Endorsable – you receive a fine and penalty points on your driving licence.
  • Non-endorsable – is a fine only.

The Fixed Penalty Notice usually issued as an on the spot by the police for a traffic violation. In most cases; you will receive a fine and an ‘endorsement’ on your driving record with penalty points.

You can also receive an FPN via the post, for instance, if caught on camera for speeding or a red light offence.

The FPN is no substitute for the motorist who commit the most serious of offences. Those drivers will go to court where they can expect to face higher charges penalties.

Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notices

An endorsable fixed penalty notice is for the majority of traffic offences; you receive a fine of £100 or more, plus your driving licence is endorsed with between 3 and 11 penalty points.

Endorsable PCN’s offences include for:

  • Speeding.
  • Driving through a red light.
  • Using a mobile phone while driving (£200 and six penalty points).
  • Pedestrian crossing offences.
  • No insurance (£300 and six penalty points).

Each traffic offence has a set amount of penalty points that can go on your driving licence.

If you receive twelve or more penalty points within three years, you will receive an automatic driving ban of at least six months.

For some driving offences, you will have to retake your driving test.

Endorsable 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 Notices

A Non-Endorsable FPN is for parking and lesser traffic offences. And carry a fine of between £50 and £100 subject to the violation, but no penalty points on your driving licence.

Examples of non-endorsable offences include:

  • Driving and not having a current MOT.
  • Failure to comply with a traffic sign.
  • Failing to wear a seatbelt.
  • Parking offences, such as blocking a junction.

New drivers – beware of PCN’s

You will lose your licence if you get 6 or more points within two 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 two 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 the theory and practical parts of the driving test again to get a full licence.

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