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A DR70 offence relates to failing to provide a preliminary specimen for a breath test without a reasonable excuse. This usually relates to a request to blow into a handheld device at the roadside. It is illegal to refuse to give a breath test when asked to do so by the police, without a reasonable excuse. After receiving a DR70 endorsement you will struggle to find insurance at a reasonable price when it comes back to getting on the road, find out more about how to avoid this…

How You Got A DR70 Conviction Code

If you are convicted of a DR70 then you may face a fine of up to £1,000. You will also incur four penalty points on your driving licence. Having a ‘reasonable excuse’ means you could avoid this. These circumstances are:

  • A medical condition such as a respiratory issue that would affect your ability to provide: this would have to be backed up by substantial medical evidence
  • A mental health condition such as panic or anxiety: again, this would need to be supported by medical evidence

The legal alcohol limit in England and Wales is:

  • 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
  • 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood
  • 107 milligrams per 100 millilitres of urine
Driving Licence Conviction CodeMotoring OffencePenalty PointsDuration Conviction Stays on your Licence
DR70Failing to provide a specimen for breath test4 pointsCode DR70 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence or 4 years from date of conviction where a disqualification is imposed.

DR70 Penalty

It is illegal to refuse to give a breath test when asked to do so by the police, without a reasonable excuse. If you are convicted of a DR70 then you may face a fine of up to £1,000. You will also incur four penalty points on your driving licence.

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Specialist DR70 Insurance

You will find that after receiving a DR70 conviction, you will struggle to secure a reasonably priced quote for car insurance. Here at Keith Michaels, we’re a specialist insurance broker, and we are experts in getting the lowest quotes for convicted drivers. Get a quote today.