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HOW LONG DO SPEEDING POINTS LAST? Duration of speeding points on driving licences explained

A significant number of drivers in the UK are seeking information regarding the duration of speeding points on their driving licences. According to recent reports, approximately 94,800 individuals annually enquire about this topic. The search volume may come as little surprise, given that the number of motorists convicted for speeding offences in court has seen a 16% increase from 2021 to 2022, with 236,480 convictions recorded.

The length of time speeding points stay on a driving licence varies between four and eleven years, depending on the severity of the violation. Multiple factors influence the specific duration, including the nature of the offence and the number of points accumulated.

Speeding infractions are classified into three bands: Band A, Band B, and Band C. Each band carries consequences such as penalty points, potential driving suspensions, and fines.

For example, driving between 71 and 90mph in a 70mph zone falls within Band A. Band B encompasses speeds from 91 to 100mph, while Band C covers speeds exceeding 101mph.

Typically, Band A offences result in three penalty points and a fine of up to half the offender's weekly income, although fines can vary.

Band B violations can lead to the imposition of four to six penalty points, a driving suspension lasting from seven to 28 days, and a fine of up to 100% of the offender's weekly income.

In cases categorised as Band C, six penalty points are issued along with a driving suspension ranging from one to eight weeks, and an additional fine totalling 150% of the offender's weekly income.

It is crucial for all taxi drivers and motorists to understand the consequences associated with speeding offences and the potential impact on their license. Adhering to speed limits and driving safely can help avoid such penalties and maintain a clean driving record.

Sonia Hobbs at Harwoods Group said: “Points can stick around on your driving record for anywhere from 4 to 11 years. But don't worry, they won't continuously haunt your driving history throughout the whole penalty phase.

“Points are only considered 'active' for a certain part of the complete endorsement period. Let's say you got a four-year endorsement – it's only actively counted for three years.

“When points are in this 'active' state, they can be brought up in court and added up to check if your license might be put on hold or taken away.

“It's still important that you take all points seriously, as they're not just fleeting things – they're visible to potential bosses and insurance providers. So, better safe than sorry!”


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