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Penalties - Penalty Table

  Offence Maximum Penalties
  Imprisonment Fine Disqualification Penalty Points
Causing death by dangerous driving* 10 years Unlimited Obligatory - 2 years minimum 3-11
(if exceptionally
not disqualified)
Dangerous driving* 2 years Unlimited Obligatory 3-11
(if exceptionally
not disqualified)
Causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs 10 years Unlimited Obligatory-
2 years minimum
3-11
(if exceptionally
not disqualified)
Careless or inconsiderate driving £2,500 Discretionary 3-9
Driving while unfit through drink or drugs or with excess alcohol; or failing to provide a specimen for analysis 6 months £5,000 Discretionary 5-10
Driving when disqualified 6 months (12 months in Scotland) £5,000 Discretionary 6
Driving after refusal or revocation of licence on medical grounds 6 months £5,000 Discretionary 3-6
Driving without insurance £5,000 Discretionary 6-8
Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence £1,000 Discretionary 3-6
Speeding £1,000 (£2,500
for motorway offences)
Discretionary 3-6 or 3
(fixed penalty)
Traffic light offences £1,000 Discretionary 3
No MOT certificate £1,000 Discretionary
Seat belt offences £500
Dangerous cycling £2,500
Careless cycling £1,000
Cycling on pavement £500
Failing to identify driver of a vehicle £1,000 Discretionary 3

* Where a court disqualifies a person on conviction or one of these offences, it must order an extended retest. The courts also have discretion to order a retest for any other offence which carries penalty points: an extended retest where disqualification is obligatory, and an ordinary test where disqualification is not obligatory.

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