This web page is intended to explain in general terms the objectives of this System, its method of functioning and its effect on motorists. The law itself is set out in the Road Traffic (Driving-offence Points) Ordinance, Chapter 375.

Driver Improvement Scheme

What is the Driving-offence Points System?

With the introduction of this System, certain traffic offences will carry Driving-offence Points, in addition to other penalties. Committing any of these offences will result in the recording of these points. When a specified number of points have been recorded, you will be liable to be disqualified from driving for a certain period.

When did the System start?

The Driving-offence Points System was put into operation on August 25, 1984. Any scheduled offence committed as from that date attracts driving-offence points if:

(a)  the driver is convicted by any Court; or
(b) the driver becomes liable to the fixed penalty.

What are the objectives of this System?

This is a measure designed to promote safety on the road. The main purposes are to deter habitual traffic offenders and to improve standards of driving in order to reduce the accident toll.

Which traffic offences will attract Driving-offence Points?

Not all traffic offences are covered by this System. Only those which have direct bearing on road safety are included. There are, altogether, over 50 items of offences and they are listed at the end of this page, together with the number of points they attract.

What will happen if you have incurred up to 8 points ?

If you have incurred 8 points or more, but less than 15 points, the Transport Department will issue an Advice of Driving-offence Points to you. This advice will detail your Driving-offence Points in respect of the offences which are committed by you within 2 years and also remind you of the consequences when more points are accumulated.

The advice aims to alert you to improve your driving behaviour.

What will happen if you have incurred 10 points?

If you have incurred 10 or more points in respect of offences committed within a period of 2 years, the Transport Department will issue an Obligatory Attendance of Driving Improvement Course Notice to you. You must attend and complete a driving improvement course at your own cost within 3 months from the date of this notice. More details can be found on the page about Mandatory Driving Improvement Course Scheme.

What will happen if you have incurred 15 points?

If you have incurred 15 or more points in respect of offences committed within a period of 2 years, you can be disqualified by a Court from holding or obtaining a driving licence. Whilst the period of disqualification for the first time will be 3 months, this will be increased to 6 months for any subsequent convictions.

 

How will a summons be served?

When you have incurred 15 or more points in respect of offences committed within a period of 2 years, a summons will be served by ordinary post at your address registered in the Transport Department. If you do not appear in court at the scheduled time, the summons will be served again on you by registered post.

A summons is deemed to have been served if it is served on you by registered post at your address registered in the Transport Department, even if it is returned undelivered to you.

 What will happen if you fail to appear at the hearing?

If a summons is served or deemed to have been served on you and you do not appear at the time and place specified in the summons, the court may issue an arrest warrant against you. Moreover, the Transport Department shall refuse to issue, re-issue or renew the driving licence for you.

Would you be disqualified once, irrespective of whether you have incurred 15 points or more, within a period of 2 years?

Driving-offence Points are incurred for each offence committed and counted individually, irrespective of whether the offences have arisen from the same incident.  A summons will be issued to you once you have incurred 15 or more points within a period of 2 years. Any points not included in the summons will be carried forward for calculation (See Example C). Another summons will be issued to you again when you have incurred 15 or more points again within a period of 2 years.

Examples of How the Points are Calculated

Example A

Number of Points   5 3 10  
 
 
   
Date of offence   25.8.06   1.2.07   1.9.08   (no disqualification)

On August 25, 2008, the 5 points incurred on August 25, 2006 will not be counted as 2 years will have elapsed since the offences were incurred. On September 1, 2008, the total number of points incurred in respect of offences committed within a period of 2 years will be 13.

Example B

Number of Points   5 3 10  
 
 
   
Date of offence 25.8.06      1.2.07   15.7.08    
     
    8 points   18 points  (liable to disqualification)

On July 15, 2008, 18 points have been incurred within a period of 2 years. After the disqualification order is made, all the 18 points which result in disqualification on this occasion will be cancelled.

Example C

Number of Points   8 5 5  
      5  3
 
 
Date of offence

13.8.06  

20.8.07  

19.10.07  

2.4.09  

       
     18 points (summons issued for disqualification)
    + 5 points (carried forward)

On October 19, 2007, two separate offences were committed, and a total of 10 points were incurred. When the 5 points from the first offence were added to the 13 points incurred before, a total of 18 points had been incurred and a summons was issued. These 18 points will be cancelled after disqualification. The 5 points due to the second offence committed on the same day were carried forward. On April 2, 2009, another offence attracting 3 points was committed and the total number of points accumulated was 8. An Advice of Driving-offence Points will be sent to the driver.

Further Enquiries

Your record of the Driving-offence Points can be obtained from the Police Traffic Conviction Records Office at 11/F., Arsenal House, Police Headquarters, 1 Arsenal Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong upon application for a Certificate of Traffic Conviction Record and payment of the prescribed fee. Please approach this office in person to obtain your record. (Enquiry Tel. no. : 2866 6552)

Queries concerning the record of your Driving-offence Points should be addressed in writing to the Commissioner of Police (Attn: Central Traffic Prosecutions Division) at 30/F., Arsenal House, Police Headquarters, 1 Arsenal Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

All other enquiries regarding the Driving-offence Points System should be addressed to the Driving-offence Points Office, Transport Department, 3/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong. (Enquiry Tel. no.: 1823 Call Centre)

Scheduled Offences Under the Driving-offence Points System

ItemSection, Regulation or By-lawDescription of general nature of offencePoints
  Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap 374)    
1 Section 36(1) Causing death by dangerous driving 10
1A Section 36A(1) Causing grievous bodily harm by dangerous driving 10 
2 Section 37(1) Dangerous driving 10
3 Section 38(1) Careless driving 5
4 Section 39 Driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle under the influence of drink 10
4A Section 39A Driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration above prescribed limit 10
4B Section 39B(6) Failing to provide a specimen of breath for screening breath test without reasonable excuse 10
4C Section 39C(15) Failing to provide a specimen of breath for breath analysis or a specimen of blood or urine for laboratory test, or failing to give consent to laboratory test of a specimen of blood, without reasonable excuse

10

 

4D Section 39J(1) Driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle under the influence of a specified illicit drug

10

 

4E Section 39K(1) Driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle while any concentration of a specified illicit drug is present in the blood or urine

10

 

4F Section 39L(1) Driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle under the influence of a drug other than a specified illicit drug

10

 

4G Section 39O(1) Failing to undergo an Impairment Test or provide a specimen or oral fluid without reasonable excuse

10

 

4H Section 39S(1) Failing to provide a specimen of blood or urine for laboratory test, or failing to give consent to the analysis of a specimen of blood, without reasonable excuse

10

 

5 Section 41 Driving in excess of speed limit by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 5A or 5B applies 3
5A Section 41 Driving in excess of speed limit by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 5B applies 5
5B Section 41 Driving in excess of speed limit by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
6 Section 55(1) Driving in a motor race or speed trial on a road 10
7 Section 56(1) Failing to stop after an accident 5
8 Section 56(2) Failing to give particulars after an accident 3
9 Section 56(3) Failing to report an accident 3
10 Section 61 Failing to obey directions of police officer or traffic warden 3
  Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap374 sub. leg.)    
11 Regulation 11(1) Crossing double white lines 3
12 Regulation 18 Failing to comply with traffic signals 5
13 Regulation 31 Failing to give precedence to pedestrians on zebra crossing 3
14 Regulation 38(2) Failing to stop for school crossing patrol 3
  Road Tunnels
(Government)
Regulations
(Cap 368 sub. leg.)
   
15 Regulation 4(2) Driving in excess of temporary maximum speed limit by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 16 or 17 applies 3
16 Regulation 4(2) Driving in excess of temporary maximum speed limit by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 17 applies 5
17 Regulation 4(2) Driving in excess of temporary maximum speed limit by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
18 Regulation 9(1)(g) Crossing continuous double lines 3
19 Regulation 18(4) Crossing a continuous white line with a broken white line of the type shown in Figure No. 502 in Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg.) 3
20 Regulation 18(4) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a traffic sign of the type shown in Figure No. 136 in Schedule 1 to the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg.) by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 21 or 22 applies 3
21 Regulation 18(4) Driving in excess of the speed limit referred to in item 20 by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 22 applies 5
22 Regulation 18(4) Driving in excess of the speed limit referred to in item 20 by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
23-27 (Repealed L.N. 198 of 1999)
  Eastern Harbour Crossing Road Tunnel By-laws (Cap 215 sub. leg.E)    
28 By-law 8 Crossing continuous double lines inside road tunnel 3
28A By-law 10(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a prescribed traffic sign by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 28B or 28C applies 3
28B By-law 10(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a prescribed traffic sign by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 28C applies 5
28C By-law 10(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a prescribed traffic sign by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
28D By-law 10(2) Crossing continuous double white lines or a continuous white line with a broken white line of the type shown in Figure No. 501 or 502 in Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg. G) 3
  Eastern Harbour Crossing Road Tunnel By-laws (Cap 215 sub. leg. E) as it was in force immediately before 20 July 2012    
29 By-law 10(a) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a traffic sign of the type shown in Figure No. 6 or 7 in the Schedule to the Eastern Harbour Crossing Road Tunnel By-laws (Cap 215 sub. leg.) by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 30 or 31 applies 3
30 By-law 10(a) Driving in excess of the speed limit referred to in item 29 by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 31 applies 5
31 By-law 10(a) Driving in excess of the speed limit referred to in item 29 by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
32 By-law 10(b) Crossing continuous double white lines or a continuous white line with a broken white line of the type shown in Figure No. 501 or 502 in Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg.) 3
  Tate's Cairn Tunnel By-laws
(Cap 393 sub. leg.B)
   
33 By-law 8 Crossing continuous double lines 3
33A By-law 10(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a prescribed traffic sign by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 33B or 33C applies 3
33B By-law 10(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a prescribed traffic sign by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 33C applies 5
33C By-law 10(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a prescribed traffic sign by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
33D By-law 10(2) Crossing a continuous white line with a broken white line of the type shown in Figure No. 502 in Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg. G) 3
  Tate’s Cairn Tunnel By-laws (Cap 393 sub. leg. B) as it was in force immediately before 20 July 2012    
34 By-law 10(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a traffic sign of the type shown in Figure No. 6 or 7 in the Schedule to the Tate's Cairn Tunnel By-laws (Cap 393 sub. leg.) by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 35 or 36 applies 3
35 By-law 10(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit referred to in item 34 by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 36 applies 5
36 By-law 10(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit referred to in item 34 by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
  Western Harbour Crossing By-laws (Cap 436 sub. leg. D)    
37 (Renumbered as item 33D - see L.N. 100 of 2013)    
37A Section 7(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a speed limit sign by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 37B or 37C applies 3
37B Section 7(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a speed limit sign by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 37C applies 5
37C Section 7(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a speed limit sign by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
37D Section 7(2)(b)(i) Driving a bus, medium goods vehicle or heavy goods vehicle in excess of the 70 kilometres per hour speed limit by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 37E or 37F applies 3
37E Section 7(2)(b)(i) Driving a bus, medium goods vehicle or heavy goods vehicle in excess of the 70 kilometres per hour speed limit by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 37F applies 5
37F Section 7(2)(b)(i) Driving a bus, medium goods vehicle or heavy goods vehicle in excess of the 70 kilometres per hour speed limit by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
37G Section 7(2)(b)(ii) Driving a motor cycle, motor tricycle, private car or light goods vehicle and under a probationary driving licence in excess of the 70 kilometres per hour speed limit by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 37H or 37I applies 3
37H Section 7(2)(b)(ii) Driving a motor cycle, motor tricycle, private car or light goods vehicle and under a probationary driving licence in excess of the 70 kilometres per hour speed limit by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 37I applies 5
37I Section 7(2)(b)(ii) Driving a motor cycle, motor tricycle, private car or light goods vehicle and under a probationary driving licence in excess of the 70 kilometres per hour speed limit by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
37J Section 8 Crossing continuous double white lines 3
37K Section 10(2) Crossing a continuous white line with a broken white line of the type shown in Figure No. 502 in Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg. G) 3
  Western Harbour Crossing Bylaw (Cap 436 sub. leg. D) as it was in force immediately before 20 July 2012    
38 Section 7 Driving in excess of speed limit by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 39 or 40 applies 3
39 Section 7 Driving in excess of speed limit by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 40 applies 5
40 Section 7 Driving in excess of speed limit by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
41 (Renumbered as item 37J - see L.N. 100 of 2013)     
42 Section 10(b) Crossing a continuous white line with a broken white line of the type shown in Figure No. 502 in Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg.) 3
  Tsing Ma Control Area (General) Regulation
(Cap 498 sub.leg.B)
   
43 Section 9 Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a traffic sign of the type shown in Figure No. 22 in Schedule 1 to the Tsing Ma Control Area (General) Regulation (Cap 498 sub. leg.) by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 44 or 45 applies 3
44 Section 9 Driving in excess of the speed limit referred to in item 43 by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 45 applies 5
45 Section 9 Driving in excess of the speed limit referred to in item 43 by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
46 Section 9 Crossing continuous double white lines or a continuous white line with a broken white line of the type shown in Figure No. 501, 502 or 503 in Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg.) 3
47 Section 10(2) Driving in excess of temporary speed limit by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 48 or 49 applies 3
48 Section 10(2) Driving in excess of temporary speed limit by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 49 applies 5
49 Section 10(2) Driving in excess of temporary speed limit by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
  Tai Lam Tunnel and Yuen Long Approach Road By-law
(Cap 474 sub. leg.C)
   
49A Section 7(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a speed limit sign by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 49B or 49C applies 3
49B Section 7(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a speed limit sign by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 49C applies 5
49C Section 7(1) Driving in excess of the speed limit indicated by a speed limit sign by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
49D Section 7(2)(b)(i) Driving a bus, medium goods vehicle or heavy goods vehicle in excess of the 70 kilometres per hour speed limit by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 49E or 49F applies 3
49E Section 7(2)(b)(i) Driving a bus, medium goods vehicle or heavy goods vehicle in excess of the 70 kilometres per hour speed limit by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 49F applies 5
49F Section 7(2)(b)(i) Driving a bus, medium goods vehicle or heavy goods vehicle in excess of the 70 kilometres per hour speed limit by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
49G Section 7(2)(b)(ii) Driving a motor cycle, motor tricycle, private car or light goods vehicle and under a probationary driving licence in excess of the 70 kilometres per hour speed limit by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 49H or 49I applies 3
49H Section 7(2)(b)(ii) Driving a motor cycle, motor tricycle, private car or light goods vehicle and under a probationary driving licence in excess of the 70 kilometres per hour speed limit by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 49I applies 5
49I Section 7(2)(b)(ii) Driving a motor cycle, motor tricycle, private car or light goods vehicle and under a probationary driving licence in excess of the 70 kilometres per hour speed limit by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
49J Section 8 Crossing continuous double white lines 3
  Tai Lam Tunnel and Yuen Long Approach Road By-law (Cap 474 sub. leg. C) as it was in force immediately before 20 July 2012    
50 Section 7 Driving in excess of speed limit indicated by a speed limit sign of the type shown in Figure No. 6, 7, 8 or 9 in the Schedule to the Tai Lam Tunnel and Yuen Long Approach Road Bylaw (Cap 474 sub. leg.) by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 51 or 52 applies 3
51 Section 7 Driving in excess of speed limit referred to in item 50 by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 52 applies 5
52 Section 7 Driving in excess of speed limit referred to in item 50 by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
53 (Renumbered as item 49J - see L.N. 100 of 2013)    
54 Section 10(b) Crossing a continuous white line with a broken white line of the type shown in Figure No. 502 in Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg.) 3
  Discovery Bay Tunnel Link Bylaw
(Cap 520 sub. leg.B)
   
55 Section 7 Driving in excess of speed limit indicated by a speed limit sign of the type shown in Figure No. 6 or 7 in the Schedule to the Discovery Bay Tunnel Link Bylaw (Cap 520 sub. leg.) by more than 15 kilometres an hour, other than where item 56 or 57 applies 3
56 Section 7 Driving in excess of speed limit referred to in item 55 by more than 30 kilometres an hour, other than where item 57 applies 5
57 Section 7 Driving in excess of speed limit referred to in item 55 by more than 45 kilometres an hour 10
58 Section 8 Crossing continuous double white lines 3
59 Section 10(b) Crossing a continuous white line with a broken white line of the type shown in Figure No. 502 in Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg.)

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