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Have I Still Got A Clean Driving Licence?

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 21 Oct 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Have I Still Got A Clean Driving Licence?

Q.I was stupid enough to be driving after a few drinks and got done for being over the limit. I went to court and got a 12 month ban about £450 fine. The thing I don't understand is that I never got any points on my license? Does that mean I still have a clean license?

(Mr Craig Jefford, 12 September 2008)

A.

The law on drink drivers is becoming increasingly severe, as accidental deaths caused by alcohol related offences continue to rise. Each year in the UK around 500 people die as a direct result of Drink Driving, so it’s understandable that the laws are being tightened up on people who drive under the influence. Dependent on the situation, the punishment dealt out to the driver involved can range from some points on their licence to a fine and ban. In some cases, the maximum punishment can be imprisonment from anywhere between 6 months and 14 years. Fines can be up to 5,000 GBP and these often come with a driving ban of anywhere between 12 months and 36 months.

If you have attended a court hearing for your offence and were given a 12 month driving ban along with a 450 GBP fine, you will not be given any points on your licence. If the defendant receives an instant ban from driving, points won’t be imposed and once the licence is returned there will still be no points on it. In essence, this does mean you have a ‘clean licence’ however, the ban will be recorded on your licence for 10 years so you will never be free of it fully until that point. In some circumstances when the defendant doesn’t receive an instant ban, the points can be enforced and can range from 3-11 points in one go. In this circumstance however you are free of any points on your licence, but should exercise extreme caution and consideration not to get involved in any other traffic offences during, especially during the length of your ban being recorded on your licence.

The most important point to consider is that the legal driving limit in the UK is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; or 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood; or 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine. Overall, the lesson learned is not to drive when you’ve consumed any alcohol and be aware that the fines and bans for repeat offenders are far higher than first time offenders. You’ll also find it more difficult to get fair car insurance quotes as well as potentially having a criminal record.

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I have received photographic evidence of speeding, together with a calibration certificate, but there is no reference/serial No. on the photograph relating to the calibration certificate, there is nothing to cross referencing the two items. I am sure at the time I was not speeding what are my chances of defending myself in court. Many Thanks Mary.
Mary - 21-Oct-16 @ 10:06 AM
Tony - Your Question:
I was banned from driving for drink driving in Oct 2012 for 24 months. I got 6 months taken off because I attended a drink driving course. I have no points on my licence but I have a dr10 on my online driving history. I've recently been stopped for speeding by a met officer holding a hand held laser gun and I've recieved a nip 66 days later from the offence code. A few questions really.When does my dr10 sieze to be of any imprtance on my driving history.I read somewhere that even after 10 years that there will be a code to show I was once banned is that right?I was thinking of taking the conditional offer. But at the moment my insurance premiums are unaffordable 3500 a year on a prius. I'm worried the additional points will sky rocket my insurance premiums.

Our Response:
The DR10 stays on your licence for 11 years after the offence.
NoPenaltyPoints - 17-Oct-16 @ 2:37 PM
I was banned from driving for drink driving in Oct 2012 for 24 months. I got 6 months taken off because I attended a drink driving course. I have no points on my licence but I have a dr10 on my online driving history. I've recently been stopped for speeding by a met officer holding a hand held laser gun and I've recieved a nip 66 days later from the offence code. A few questions really. When does my dr10 sieze to be of any imprtance on my driving history. I read somewhere that even after 10 years that there will be a code to show I was once banned is that right? I was thinking of taking the conditional offer. But at the moment my insurance premiums are unaffordable 3500 a year on a prius. I'm worried the additional points will sky rocket my insurance premiums.
Tony - 16-Oct-16 @ 2:52 PM
@gaz. It depends on what the various endorsements were for. When you licence comes back it will show the code TT99 - to show that you were once banned.
NoPenaltyPoints - 4-Mar-15 @ 1:55 PM
I recieved a 6 month totting up ban in November 2014, will my driving licence come back free of points or will existing points still be on there?
Gaz - 1-Mar-15 @ 9:45 AM
@Scottie. It depends on what for - sometimes questions are specific - like have you ever been disqualified from driving etc
Nicky - 31-Oct-14 @ 11:07 AM
I got banned for drink driving in Jan 2004 and it comes off my licence injan 2014 do I still have to declare it until its clean
scottie - 31-Oct-14 @ 10:41 AM
I am disabled and unable to take part in an offered speed awareness course, they have said they cannot accommodate my special needs on the 4 hour course. Surely this is blatant discrimination.
deejay - 16-Feb-12 @ 11:01 AM
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