Driving without due care and attention, also known as careless or inconsiderate driving, is officially defined by The Road Traffic Act 1988, as:
- Driving that falls below the standard expected of a competent driver; or
- Driving that does not show reasonable consideration for other persons using the road.
Driving without due care is a motoring offence for which the offender could receive a hefty fine or even a ban from driving if they’ve acquired more than 12 points on their licence (six for a newly qualified driver).
To find out what constitutes ‘driving without due care and attention’ and the penalty for offences that fall under this category, read on.
Examples of careless and inconsiderate driving
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According to Sentencing Council, driving without due care includes the following offences:
- Excessive speed or aggressive driving
- Carrying out other tasks while driving
- Vehicle used for the carriage of heavy goods or for the carriage of passengers for reward
- Tiredness or driving whilst unwell
- Driving contrary to medical advice (including written advice from the drug manufacturer not to drive when taking any medicine)
Some other examples of driving without due care and attention include, but aren’t limited to:
- Eating, drinking or smoking while driving
- Adjusting the radio while driving
- Driving inappropriately close to another vehicle
- Driving through a red light
- Turning into the path of another vehicle
- Colliding with a pedestrian
- Undertaking another vehicle (overtaking on the inside)
- Middle lane hogging on motorways
- Handbrake turns
- Operating a sat nav while driving
- Overtaking and forcing other vehicles to brake
- Ignoring road signs
- Using a mobile phone while driving
- Multitasking while driving (e.g. reading a map)
- Adjusting the position of your seat while driving
- Allowing yourself to be distracted by passengers in the car while driving
- Swerving across lanes
- Using the wrong lane at a roundabout
What is the difference between dangerous driving and driving without due care and attention?
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Careless driving falls below the standard expected of a competent driver and includes driving that does not show reasonable consideration for other persons using the road. Dangerous driving, on the other hand, includes behaviour that could potentially endanger yourself or other drivers.
Dangerous driving encompasses anything from causing death by dangerous driving or driving under the influence of alcohol, to speeding or failing to wear a seatbelt. For more information about dangerous driving, read our guide, ‘Dangerous driving: What counts as a driving conviction?’.
Driving without due care and attention code
The endorsement code for driving without due care and attention is CD10.
A full list of careless driving offence codes can be seen below:
|DVLA code||Offence||Points on licence||How long the points will stay on your licence|
|CD10||The CD10 conviction is given for driving without due care and attention||3-9||4 years|
|CD20||CD20 is given for driving without reasonable consideration for others using the road||3-9||4 years|
|CD30||The CD30 conviction is given for driving without due care and attention or reasonable consideration for others using the road||3-9||4 years|
|CD40||CD40 convictions are given for causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink||3-11||11 years|
|CD50||CD50 is given for causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs||3-11||11 years|
|CD60||CD60 convictions are given for causing death by careless driving when alcohol level is above the limit||3-11||11 years|
|CD670||CD70 is given for causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis||3-11||11 years|
|CD80||CD80 is given for causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving||3-11||4 years|
|CD90||The CD90 conviction is given for causing death by driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured||3-11||4 years|
For more information about the different driving offence codes and points, see our guide, ‘Driving endorsement codes and penalty points’.
What is the penalty for driving without due care and attention?
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The driving without due care and attention penalty is three to nine licence points or a discretionary disqualification depending on the severity of the offence. You can also be faced with a fine up to £5,000 depending on the nature of the incident.
Endorsement codes CD40-CD90 are given when causing death by driving without due care and attention. The offender could receive a minimum of three and maximum of 11 points on their licence.
In many cases, careless driving will result in a fixed-penalty notice (FPN). Fixed penalty notices are given when police officers observe low-level careless driving that does not cause a collision or injury to a member of the public. Usually, you’ll be given three points on your licence and a £100 fine, although this can vary on a case-by-case basis.
For more information on driving licence points, see our guides:
- Can you get points removed from your licence?
- Can I still get car insurance with points on my licence?
- Declaring points to your insurance company
- Do points on your licence affect insurance?
- How to check points on your driving licence
Insurance cover for convicted drivers
If you’ve had previous motoring convictions and you’re worried about your insurance rates, we have plenty of convicted driver insurance policies to suit you and your situation. We know that your past is not necessarily a guide to the future which is why we offer high-quality insurance cover whatever your history.