The secret codes on YOUR driving licence that could land you with a £1,000 fine and six penalty points
The hidden numbers on the back of your driving licence that you’ve probably never read revealed, have you EVER turned your driving licence over and wondered what the seemingly random collection of numbers mean? If not, you should and FAST because the secret codes could land you with a fine and penalty points if you’re not careful.
Listed under section 12 of the driving licence are “information codes” that relate to rules and regulations about what and how you can drive.
The most common is “01”, which relates to eyesight. Every driver, whatever size or class of vehicle, with a 01 restriction on the rear of their licence must always wear glasses or contact lenses if they have informed the DVLA they require them for driving. If you’re stopped and police find you’re not wearing glasses or contacts, you could be slapped with a £100 on-the-spot fine.
Top 10 most common driving licence codes and what they mean
01 – eyesight correction, for example glasses or contact lenses
02 – hearing/communication aid
40 – modified steering
101 – not for hire or reward (that is, not to make a profit)
105 – vehicle not more than 5.5 metres long
106 – restricted to vehicles with automatic transmissions
107 – not more than 8,250 kilograms
111 – limited to 16 passenger seats
115 – organ donor
122 – valid on successful completion: Basic Moped Training Course 125 – tricycles only (for licences issued before 29 June 2014)
For a full list visit the DVLA website.
But roadside punishment is actually quite rare, according to lawyers, and you’re more likely to find yourself in court.
This can carry a fine worth 50 per cent of your weekly salary – capped at £1,000 – and three to six penalty points
You must also report any changes in your eyesight to the DVLA so the code can be updated – this includes if you have laser eye surgery to correct your vision.
Failure to keep your driving licence updated is a separate offence and can land you with a £1,000 fine – just like not updating your address or marital status.