Traffic Violations: Point System

Traffic Violations: Point System

As a part of the drive of the Ministry of Interior to ensure road safety, Traffic Law No 19 of 2007 introduced a demerit point system which will help to ensure safe driving and to reduce traffic related accidents, deaths and many casualties every year. The point system serves as a tool to enhance safe driving by curbing the number of accidents and reckless driving. Drivers convicted of certain driving-related offences will have black points recorded on their records.

Below is a table outlining the point system for driving offences:

Type of Violation

Points

Running an automatic or manually
activated red light

7

Driving in the wrong (opposite) direction

6

Driving under influence of alcohol or drugs or
any other mental stimulant

6

Exceeding the maximum speed limit 4

4

Driving recklessly or dangerously or in
a way that harms life and public property

4

Driving a vehicle without brakes or with
faulty brakes or one faulty brake or with an unusable brake

4

Driving with an inappropriate licence

3

Driving with a suspended or invalid licence

3

Violating customs and norms of public morality inside the vehicle or allowing somebody to do so

3

Driving a non registered vehicle

2

Driving a vehicle without number plates

3

Driving a vehicle with a number plate issued,
but changes have been made in numbers, or
with a number plate which is not issued from
the authority on which the original or fake numbers have been printed

3

Using a vehicle not for its intended purpose

3

Driving a vehicle which emits excessive noise

3

Providing wrong information intentionally to
pass the technical inspection or to earn a
licence or a temporary licence, or getting a replacement for a lost licence

3

Blocking or deactivating the flow of traffic on public roads intentionally

3

Driving a vehicle emitting dense fumes or excessive exhaust

3

Driving on the pavement

3

Driving a vehicle which can drop loads that
could endanger public safety

3

Making a turn or U-turn against the traffic flow

3

Giving a vehicle to someone who does not have
a licence, or having another categorised licence
or any other permit issued by the concerned authority

2

Driving a vehicle that leaks inflammable
materials or harms public health, the
environment or damages the road

3

Changing a vital part of the vehicle without written permission from the concerned authority

1

Driving a vehicle with one number plate, or changing the plate’s place, colour or shape,
as issued by the concerned authority

1

Driving a vehicle with unclear or unreadable number plates

2

Refraining from giving the driving licence or registration card or any related document issued
by the traf fic depar tment to traf fic police

1

Trucks violating the vehicle’s weight and dimensions’ standards in width, height
and weight

1

Disobeying traffic signs or ground lines

1