If you have recently received penalty points on your driving record, you may be wondering how this will affect your insurance.
Generally, drivers with points from motoring endorsements or convictions can still get insurance, but fewer insurers will cover them and many will charge more.
This article will answer questions regarding how points on your licence will affect how much you pay for insurance.
Will points affect my insurance?
If you have received points on your licence or have a criminal record, you may find that insurance quotes are more expensive and fewer companies are willing to cover you.
This is because insurance premiums are calculated by considering the risk factors associated with a given customer. If a driver has endorsements, the insurer will predict that they are more likely to make an expensive claim.
If you already have insurance and you get a conviction, most insurers will only ask you to declare the conviction code when you renew your policy. This is typically when many drivers see their premiums increase.
The specifics of an insurance risk assessment will vary from company to company. However, most will base their decision on the severity of the convictions. For example, an endorsement for driving under the influence is likely to cost you more than driving with a defective tyre.
Under the Road Traffic Act 1998, you are legally required to inform your insurer if you receive any points on your licence.
When to disclose driving convictions
If you are applying for insurance, insurers will ask you for details on any endorsements. If you are insured when you are convicted, you may find that your insurer doesn’t ask until you renew your policy. However, some insurers will state in their terms and conditions that you must inform them as soon as you receive the points.
If you do not disclose your points to your insurer and then try and make a claim, they can refuse to pay.
What about when my penalty points expire?
As soon as your penalty points expire, or are ‘spent’, you will no longer be required to declare them to your insurer. Some points expire sooner than others, with exceeding a speed limit on a public road lasting four years and reckless driving sometimes remaining on your licence for 11 years.
Read our dedicated guide if you are unsure how to check if you have points on your licence.
Does insurance go up if you get points?
The more points you have on your licence, the more expensive your insurance is likely to be. If you have three points on your licence for an offence like speeding or not complying with traffic lights, your car insurance could increase by 5%. If you have more than 12 points on your record, the annual cost of your insurance could rise by 89%.
However, insurers often charge more if drivers have speeding-related offences, even if they have fewer points. This is because the risk factor assumes those speeding are more likely to cause an accident.
If you accrue more than 12 points on your licence within a three-year period, you will have your licence revoked and will not be able to purchase car insurance. The period of the disqualification will be up to a court decision, but if the ban lasts for 56 days or more, you will need to apply for a new licence.
New drivers can have their licence suspended after receiving six points and will have to pass a new test in order to get their licence back.
According to ThisIsMoney and the Institute of Advanced Motorists, receiving between one and three points on your licence will only increase the price of your insurance by 5%. However, more than 12 points can almost double the cost.
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