How much will 3 points add to my insurance? Having three penalty points on your driver’s license has little impact on auto insurance premiums, new research shows, but six or more results in much more expensive coverage.
Auto insurance premiums stay pretty much the same as a driver goes from zero to three points on their driver’s license, with average annual costs rising from £700 to £705, according to data from Compare the Market.
Getting points on your driver’s license will likely increase your auto insurance policy. But the amount that will increase depends on several factors.
HOW MUCH WILL 3 POINTS ADD TO MY INSURANCE?
This largely depends on who you are insured with. Different insurers have different pricing policies. It also depends on your circumstances:
- Do you have previous traffic violations?
- Do you already have points on your card?
- How long have you been driving?
- Have you followed an advanced driving course?
All of this will likely affect how much your insurer raises your premium.
The exact nature of your speeding violation will also make a difference. Speeding violations are classified by location and seriousness. Speeding on a public road is characterized as a different offence than, for example, speeding on the highway. Again, your insurer will likely take this into account when calculating your premium.
See the wording of your policy for more information on how points on your license affect your premiums.
HOW MUCH WILL MY CAR INSURANCE PREMIUM INCREASE AFTER I RECEIVE DEMERIT POINTS?
While having your penalty points license will almost certainly increase your premium, several other factors can affect the size of that increase. For example, the nature of your traffic violation may be a factor and whether you already had points on your driver’s license before you received these new points is also an important consideration.
The specific insurer you go with will also be an important factor, as each insurer calculates the insurance premium slightly differently, and they all have their unique level of risk tolerance as well.
Insurers consider your age, job, address, car make, and a host of other variables when calculating premiums, but the weight they assign to each of those variables can vary from provider to provider. The type of fine also makes a difference in the premium calculation. So while one driver has three points on their driver’s license, another may have lower premiums by six points because of all the other factors insurers consider.
Taking all this into consideration, however, research suggests that three demerits can increase a driver’s auto insurance premium by an average of 5%, while six demerits can increase insurance costs by an average of 25%.
DOES THE COVERAGE RATIO CHANGE THE EFFECT OF PENALTY POINTS?
No, whether you have comprehensive auto insurance, third party liability, fire and theft or third party liability, the cost of your auto insurance will almost certainly increase after you receive new demerit points. , but the nature of the traffic violation and the total number of points on your license after adding the new points are probably more important considerations for the insurer.
WHEN WILL POINTS BE ADDED TO MY LICENSE AND HOW LONG WILL THEY REMAIN ON MY LICENSE?
Depending on the specific traffic violation, points can be added to your driver’s license from the date you were caught or from the date of conviction. How long they stay on your license also varies. For most driver’s licenses, they stay for four years, but for offences related to alcohol, drugs or causing death by dangerous driving, they can last up to 11 years.
DO I HAVE TO INFORM MY CURRENT INSURER ABOUT THE NEW PENALTY POINTS?
You must disclose your demerit points when you want to renew your car insurance as failing to do so will be classified as non-disclosure and may result in the cancellation of your insurance.
However, some drivers assume they don’t need to tell their current insurance company about the new approval because they’ve already paid for that coverage at the start of the policy. However, the vast majority of insurance companies have a clause in their policy contracts that requires policyholders to notify them immediately of any new convictions or penalties, and failing to notify their current insurer may cancel their policy or future insurance claims to be rejected.
IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF PENALTY POINTS ON MY CAR INSURANCE PREMIUM?
Different insurers have different risk tolerances and they also calculate insurance premiums in slightly different ways, so if new demerits have been added to your license recently, it’s now even more important that you look for auto insurance quotes rather than doing it automatically accepting the renewal price from your current provider.
For example, some providers will not insure young drivers with demerit points, or offer sky-high insurance quotes to these drivers to discourage them from using that provider. Conversely, some other providers may specialize in insuring convicted drivers and drivers with demerit points, in which case they can offer a much more competitive quote than the provider you used before your driver’s license was approved.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M SURPRISED ABOUT SPEED?
Sometimes it’s obvious. The police will stop you and tell you that you were speeding. They may only give you a verbal warning. But they can also give you a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) on the spot, or take your address with them so they can email it to you. If you were speeding, you could even be ordered to go to court, in which case you can expect a letter in the mail with more details.
If you are caught by a speed camera, you will receive an expected prosecution notice (PIN) and a Section 172 notice by post within 14 days of the incident. You must return this Section 172 notice within 28 days; it is essentially a means of confirming to the police who was driving the car.
Then you will receive either an FPN or a letter stating that you have to go to court again by post. It all depends on the seriousness of your crime. But if you choose to ignore that Section 172 notice, you will almost certainly receive a court summon.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET A FIXED PENALTY NOTICE (FPN)?
You have the option to plead “guilty” or “not guilty”. Pleasure and you will be fined £100 and 3 points on your driving licence, which is valid for four years. Confess not guilty and you will have to go to court to present your case.
If you have pleaded guilty and have to pay a fine, if you live in England or Wales, it is easier to pay the fine online. If you live in Scotland, there is a slightly different payment procedure. And if you live in Northern Ireland you will need to contact the Laganside Court Complex to pay your fine.
If you intend to plead innocent, it is rarely a good idea. If your case is dismissed, you may have to pay an even higher fine (up to £2,500) and could incur even more penalty points. That means even higher insurance premiums and possibly a driving ban.
In short, taking these things to court is more effort than it is worth. Best to pay just £100, accept your 3 points and promise to drive better in the future.
CAN I AVOID POINTS ON MY LICENCE?
In some cases, you can avoid getting the ticket and points on your driver’s license by taking a speed enforcement course. Please note that you cannot request this option yourself. It is entirely up to the police to decide whether a speed enforcement course is appropriate, given your driving habits and the nature of your offence.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET THE POINTS FOR MY LICENCE? WILL MY INSURERS KNOW IT AUTOMATICALLY?
If you get points on your license, you should let your insurers know as soon as possible.
Yes, it is your responsibility to notify your insurer. And no, you can’t just “forget” them to prevent your insurance from going up. That would be fraud, which could invalidate your policy completely.