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Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) examiners and the police can issue fixed penalty notices to drivers found to have broken the law.

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Fixed penalties always include a fine (£30-£200), but can also add penalty points on a driving licence.

All drivers who obtain 12 penalty points within a three year period, or new car licence holders who obtain six penalty points within two years of passing their test, will usually be disqualified from driving.

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Offences / Penalties Description
Parking and stopping
£30, £40 or £60 fine with penalty points for some offences
Includes parking offences, obstruction, leaving vehicle in a dangerous position, parking on the pavement or verge, and failing to stop
Use of roads
£30 or £60 with penalty points for some offences, i.e: speeding
Breaches of traffic regulation orders, including one-way provision on trunk roads and temporary or experimental orders, together with minimum and maximum road speeds

Safety of driver and passengers
£30

Includes seat belt regulations, rules on carrying children in the front or rear of vehicles, together with requirements for motorcyclists to wear helmets and eye protection
Traffic signs and directions
£60 and penalty points
Traffic signs and directions, such as traffic lights, one-way streets, give way signs and directions from police officers
Construction and use of vehicles
£30, £60, £120, £200 with points for using a dangerous vehicle, or using a vehicle with defective brakes, steering or tyres
Includes using vehicles in a dangerous condition, overloading, insecure loads, control of vehicle, use of hand-held mobile phones, view to front, speed limiters, vehicle testing together with all aspects of vehicle roadworthiness
Driver licensing
£60 with penalty points
Failure to hold the correct licence or to comply with relevant conditions, (for example, showing 'L' plates when driving on a provisional entitlement)
Insurance
£200 with penalty points
Requirement to have minimum third party insurance for use of motor vehicle on public road
Identity of driver
£120 with penalty points in some circumstances
Duty on the vehicle's keeper and others to notify the identity of the driver to the police in the case of certain offences
Vehicle tax and registration
£30 or £60
Using incorrectly registered vehicle, failure to display correctly VED disc, trade licence or vehicle registration mark (including a plate obscured by dirt)
Drivers' hours and records
£30, £60, £120 or £200
Requirements under both the domestic and EU rules in relation to hours, records and the obstruction of officers
Goods and passenger vehicle operator licensing
£30, £60 or £200
Includes failure to hold a licence, or Community Authorisation, and failure to comply with conditions governing their use
Driver CPC
£30
Failure to produce evidence of qualification (or training exemption) when required
Vehicle prohibitions
£200
Failing to comply with prohibitions for drivers' hours, roadworthiness or deposit scheme

UPDATE - 2013 Graduated Fixed Penalties
FTA Compliance Guide - Edition 5 - August 2013
(PDF)
Changes giving the police powers to issue fixed penalty notices for careless or inconsiderate driving came into effect from 16 August; this will affect offences such as tailgating and being in the wrong lane on a motorway.
The fixed penalty for careless driving is now £100, with 3 points on the driver's licence. Existing fixed penalty levels for most motoring offences - including using a mobile phone at the wheel and not wearing a seat belt - have risen to £100. The most serious cases will continue to go through the court system. Police will also be able to offer educational training as an alternative to endorsement and drivers will still be able to appeal any decision in court. While supporting the establishment of careless driving as a fixed penalty offence, FTA has called for an overarching strategy to provide guidance on the standard of evidence required and remove the perceived risk of 'summary justice' being applied to generally subjective offences. We believe that this is vital to avoid the 'postcode lottery' of offences being interpreted differently by different police forces.
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