The Road Traffic Acts of 1988 and 1991 provide the bedrock of much current road traffic law, although areas have been revoked or amended by subsequent legislation. The 1991 Act made substantial amendments and additions to that of 1988; this factsheet summarises the various key areas covered by the two Acts, taken together, where relevant to the operation of passenger vehicles.

  • Driving Offences — the definitions of careless and dangerous driving and associated offences are set out in the 1988 Act and replaced in the 1991 Act, which creates new offences.

  • Drink and Drugs — the 1988 Act includes the offences of driving or being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through:

    • drink or drugs

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