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Insurance Centre - Unofficial Guide to the DVLA Motoring Convictions

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Motoring Convictions and Vehicle Insurance

When you apply for car insurance it's important to disclose anything that may affect your quote. The best insurance brokers are meticulous, because if they miss out a vital question it could go wrong for the policyholder. Problem is, many brokers aren't thorough enough with their questions and it’s often the insured who loses out. If a small detail is overlooked, it may invalidate your insurance, or otherwise your cheap car insurance may end up being more costly in the long run.

The main problem is the catch-all phrase in the small print, called by the insurance industry your ‘duty of disclosure’, which translates into plain English as: “Even if we haven't asked you for the information, you still have to disclose anything that we consider will affect the premium or the terms and conditions.” So basically you have to know what the insurer wants to know, even if they didn't ask you about it.

Buying Insurance Online is a Bit Different.

You are lead through the process, so you should be fine. However, be careful how they phrase questions to ensure that you are actually giving them an accurate answer. Also, if they ask you in the small print to declare anything else that may be relevant, you must do it. The general rule, then, is if you're not sure tell the car insurance company everything. It's not as hard as it sounds though.

Types of Driving Offences

Driving offences are split into several categories, with each specific offence being allocated a unique code. If convicted of a motoring offence, the DVLA will be notified and the details are added to your record and license.

Drink Driving

You may be asked by a police officer to provide a breathalyzer sample under any of the following circumstances:

  • If there is reasonable cause to suspect you have committed, or are committing, a moving traffic offense.
  • If, when stopped by a police officer, they have reasonable cause to suspect you are under the influence of alcohol.
  • If a police officer has reasonable cause to suspect you were driving / in charge of a motor vehicle that was involved in an accident

If the breathalyzer returns positive or if you refuse to provide a breath sample you will be arrested and taken to a police station. Here you will normally be asked to provide two breath samples for analysis, with the lower reading taking precedence if there are differences.

If the reading taken is over the limit, you will have committed an offence and will charged and bailed to appear in court at a later date. You will normally be free to drive until the date of your hearing.

Drink driving convictions can carry a fine of up to £5000 and up to 6 months imprisonment. Points awarded on your license can be between 3 and 11, or you could receive a disqualification of up to 18 months, depending on the circumstances.

Traffic Accidents & Careless Driving

If you are involved in an accident, you are required to stop and report the incident to the relevant authorities and interested parties (such as insurance companies). Failure to do so is an offence in itself and can result in a fine and points on your license.
If you are found to have caused an accident through careless driving or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as detailed above, you are likely to receive a fairly large fine or a custodial sentence.

Reckless / Dangerous Driving

The consequences of being found to have been driving dangerously are likely to be similar to above but with increased jail sentences and fines.
Construction & Use
If your vehicle is found to be in an unsuitable or dangerous condition, you can receive 3 points on your license. This includes defective tyres, impaired steering or insufficient breaks.

Disqualification

If you have been disqualified from driving because of a motoring offence, you must apply for a new license, even if your old one has not run out. You will be sent the relevant paperwork 56 days before the end of the disqualification period. The forms must be completed and returned, with an appropriate fee to the DVLA in Swansea.

For a ‘Short Period Disqualification’ (less than 56 days), it is not necessary to obtain a new license. Instead the court will mark your license with a stamp detailing how long you are disqualified for, and you will be permitted to drive again the day after the date stated on the stamp.

Reducing a Disqualification Period

If you have been disqualified for 2 years or more you are entitled to apply to the convicting court to reduce the period of disqualification, under the following circumstances:

  • After serving 2 years of the disqualification period if you were disqualified for more than 2 but less than 4 years
  • After half the period of disqualification has been served if you were disqualified for less than 10 years but not less than 4 years
  • After serving 5 years of the disqualification period if you were disqualified for 10 years or more.