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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Points Endorsements

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 10 Dec 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Driving Points Endorsements Penalty

Being convicted of a motoring offence usually means that penalty point endorsements will be added to your driving licence.

If you clock up enough penalty points, your driving licence will be taken away from you. Because of this possibility, it pays to have a good working knowledge of how point endorsements can affect your driving licence.

So, how well do you understand point endorsements?

The New Drivers Act

1. Under the New Drivers Act, how many penalty points can you receive in the two years after you have passed your practical driving test before your driving licence is taken away?

A) 4
B) 6
C) 8

2. Under the “totting up system”, how many penalty points can you receive in a three-year period

... before losing your driving licence?

A) 8
B) 12
C) 10

3. How many penalty points are issued for failing to report an accident within twenty-four hours?

A) A maximum of five points
B) Between five and ten points
C) A minimum of eight points

4. How many penalty points can you expect to receive for being convicted of careless driving offences?

A) Less than three points
B) Between three and nine points
C) A minimum of ten points

5. If you are convicted of careless driving offences, how long will the penalty points remain on your driving licence?

A) Two years
B) Four years
C) Six years

6. If you are convicted of causing death by careless driving, how many penalty points can you expect to receive?

A) Less than three points
B) Between three and eleven points
C) At least eleven points

7. How long will penalty points remain on your driving licence if you are convicted of causing death by careless driving?

A) Three years
B) Four years
C) Five years

8. If you are convicted of using a mobile phone while driving, how many penalty points can you expect to receive?

A) Two points
B) Three points
C) Four points

9. If you are convicted of being in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, how many penalty points can you expect to receive?

A) Less than ten points
B) Ten points
C) Twelve points

10. How long can you expect penalty points to remain on your driving licence if you are convicted of being in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs?

A) Eight years
B) Ten years
C) Twelve years

11. If your vehicle is found to be uninsured against third party accidents, how many penalty points could you be awarded?

A) Five points
B) Six to eight points
C) At least eight points

12. If you are caught speeding, how many penalty points can you expect to be given?

A) Two points
B) Three to six points
C) At least six points

What's The Verdict?

Mostly A's: You need to spend some time brushing up on penalty points to make sure that your knowledge is up-to-scratch. At the moment, you seem to underestimate the number of penalty points that are allocated for specific motoring offences, or the number of penalty points that can be clocked up before your driving licence is revoked.

Mostly B's: Congratulations! You have a good knowledge of penalty point endorsements and the effect that they can have on your driving licence and driving status.

Mostly C's: You need to spend some time improving your knowledge of points Endorsements. Although you seem to have a rough idea of how many penalty points are awarded for certain motoring offences, you tend to overestimate how many points are really carried for these offences.

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Why is this not made much easyer
marion - 10-Dec-17 @ 5:33 PM
In September of this year I will be going to Austrailia for a year, my hgv licence needs to be renewed in November is there any way I can renew my licence early so my licence is valid while in melbourne?
Slippery - 2-Jun-17 @ 4:12 PM
Lamby - Your Question:
Hi,My Photo Licence has elapsed in Jan 2017 - My actual paper licence is valid until 2035. How do I renew the photo card from Australia. I have regular trips to the UK to visit my family and therefore would like to be "legal" and not face fines when driving in the UK with my current Licence (expired Photo card).Could you advise me of the best course of action?Thank you.

Our Response:
You can only renew your driving licence if you're a resident of GB. If you live abroad and applied online using your passport, you would need to be able to specify a permanent address in the UK - this is also where the new licence would be sent. Assuming you have an Australian driving licence, you can drive on that whenever you visit.
YourDrivingLicence - 11-Apr-17 @ 10:17 AM
Hi, My Photo Licence has elapsed in Jan 2017 - My actual paper licence is valid until 2035. How do I renew the photo card from Australia. I have regular trips to the UK to visit my family and therefore would like to be "legal" and not face fines when driving in the UK with my current Licence (expired Photo card). Could you advise me of the best course of action? Thank you.
Lamby - 9-Apr-17 @ 5:45 AM
If I'm renewing an expired license, do I need prove of ID and my old license or will just old license be enough?
NEJ - 11-Dec-15 @ 6:30 PM
i have a provisional licence that expired in 2012.i dont drive at all and now im thinking about starting to learn again. im confused about the fines.im also living at a different address. ive only just trawled my old licence out from the loft.does this mean i could get fined for not renewing??
Rufus - 5-Aug-14 @ 10:01 AM
Hi Pip...no you shouldn't have to apply twice.
Spud - 2-Jun-14 @ 2:04 PM
My Photo Driving Licence expires 7 months before my 70th birthday. Will I have to apply twice?
Pip - 1-Jun-14 @ 3:48 PM
How about some stuff on minibusses - especially the volunteer sector - both D1 and MIDAS.
Dane Miller - 16-Dec-11 @ 12:17 AM
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