Written by Graham Cutbill-White
If you are caught breaking the law on the road you could face a driving conviction. Being a convicted driver can have a huge impact on your life, regardless of the offence.
Convictions can range from speeding to driving without insurance, to driving while under the influence. Less serious driving offences will result in penalty points, which can stay on your licence for 4 or 11 years, depending on the offence. More serious crimes can result in driving bans, disqualifications and large fines.
If you have been convicted of a driving offence you’ll know it can have a huge impact, potentially affecting your personal life and your job, and something as simple as purchasing insurance can be a real headache for convicted drivers.
But that’s where temporary car insurance for convicted drivers can help.
Temporary insurance is perfect for a wide range of drivers. From learners to ex-pats, short term cover is the flexible option for many everyday jobs.
Unlike some insurance providers, drivers with some motoring convictions can get temporary insurance with Tempcover.
In recent years, drivers with convictions have found it easier to find insurance because of the rise of specialist insurers like us. We can usually offer temporary car insurance for convicted drivers, depending on your conviction(s).
If you’ve had no more than 6 penalty points in the last 2 years and have not been disqualified in the last 5 years, you can definitely expect to get a quote.
Other risk factors, however, may stop you from getting a quote from our insurers.
It’s important to remember that because we work with a large panel of insurers, the minimum requirements differ depending on the insurer, but we are confident we can offer insurance to most drivers.
Yes. In fact, if you’re disqualified and cannot use your car, but are storing it on the road, you’ll be legally required to have insurance. The only situation where you wouldn’t need insurance is if you store the car off-road and get a SORN (Statutory Off-Road Notice) from the DVLA. Once your ban ends, you will find it hard to get car insurance, but there will be a few options out there.
There are many different types of driving offences, each with their own unique code. It’s important you know which code your offence has, as this can affect how you pay for insurance.
Driving codes are separated into the following sections:
The cost of your car insurance depends on a number of factors, known in the insurance industry as risk factors.
These factors include your age, your address and any previous motoring convictions you have. These risk factors give insurers an idea of how much of a risk you will be on the road.
Naturally, if you have been convicted of a driving offence, you are more likely to be seen as a risk which will inevitably increase your insurance premiums.
The increase will depend on the level of the offence you are convicted of, with smaller offences like speeding having less of an impact than something like a drink driving offence.
It is up to the insurer to choose their requirements for offering insurance. Some may not insure drivers with penalty points in the last 3 years; others may not insure convicted drivers at all.
However, with our range of insurers we are are confident we can cover most drivers.
No matter who you purchase insurance from, you must declare if you have any existing driving convictions when applying for car insurance, otherwise, your insurer may not pay out if you make a claim or they might even consider it fraud, which could see you subject to police action.
We can cover those with penalty points and those who have had a previous disqualification or conviction; however, time limits and certain restrictions do apply.
Motoring convictions which result in an endorsement will still be applicable for up to 5 years after conviction. Although they may no longer appear on your license, they will still apply and therefore will be taken into consideration when you apply for temporary insurance.
It’s important to read the declaration carefully before purchasing your policy, as this will outline which driving and criminal convictions the selected insurer is willing to accept.
If you purchase a policy despite not meeting the requirements of the insurer, your policy will be considered void and you will not be insured and will not receive any pay-out if you make a claim.
For more help and information on criminal and driving convictions, and whether or not any convictions you may have are still relevant, check out Unlock – a charity for people with convictions.
Any drivers with criminal convictions may also want to use the disclosure calculator.
It will give you more information on when criminal convictions become ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This will give a clear indication as to whether you have to declare your conviction.