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What are fixed penalty tickets (in relation to driving offences)?


There are two types of fixed penalty tickets, endorsable and non-endorsable.

  • Endorsable tickets mean that you will get 3 points on your licence and a £100 fine (but be aware that is the penalty for the majority of tickets, there are a few variations where it is more, not having insurance is one example).
  • A non-endorsable ticket means that you will receive a £50 fine (some are higher) but do not get any points on your licence.
  • Certain parking offences are eligible for a £30 non-endorsable ticket.

It depends what offence has been committed as to which type of fixed penalty ticket you will receive. It is not automatic that you are given a fixed penalty ticket if you commit one of these offences, you could be prosecuted through the normal channels.

A few examples of endorsable and non endorsable tickets are -


  • speeding
  • going through a red light
  • using mobile phone whilst driving
  • pedestrian crossing offences
  • no insurance (£300 and 6 penalty points)


  • drive a vehicle with no MOT (£100)
  • fail to comply with a traffic sign, for example,
    • give way sign
    • roundabout sign
    • vehicle priority sign
  • give way road markings
  • failing to wear a seatbelt
  • parking offences (£30)
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Related questions


The documentation may be a scam.

In the first instance, we advise that you contact HM Courts & Tribunal Services to clarify this, you can use the Court & Tribunal Finder facility via the link in Related Information to do this.

Alternatively, if the letter appears to be from the police referring you to HM Courts & Tribunal Services, then contact Police Scotland to check its authenticity:

Police Scotland

If the documentation is found to be a scam then either organisation will advise you accordingly.


Both the photocard and the paper counterpart are required in order to pay the fine and have penalty points endorsed. It is advisable to apply for a new licence straight away, as a new licence may be issued before the due date on the Conditional Offer of a Fixed Penalty Notice expires. You should also inform the issuing office.

If at the end of the 28 day period you still do not have your driving licence and therefore you are unable to make payment, a police report will be raised for the Procurator Fiscal for their consideration of prosecution.


If it was a safety camera that detected your vehicle, on the reverse of the Notice of Intended Prosecution there are three parts you may complete, if you were not the driver you should complete part two naming who was the driver. Or if you were not the owner or the keeper of the vehicle at the time of the offence you should complete part three.

Under Section 172 Road Traffic Act 1988 it is the responsibility of the registered keeper to know who is driving the vehicle at all times. Failure to do so in itself is an offence punishable by a fine of up to £1000 plus 6 penalty points.


If a safety camera detected your alleged offence contact the relevant Partnership for further information. Contact details can be found at the website in related links.


The usual length of time to return a licence is four weeks. If you have still not received your licence back after this length of time you should contact the Sheriff Clerks Office where you paid your fine and they should be able to assist you.