Road Traffic Offences and Penalties: In-depth

Summary

Many offences carry penalty points or immediate disqualification from driving, as well as fines and in some cases custodial sentences but even those that do not can affect a driver’s vocational entitlement and an operator’s O-licence.

In Practice

Notice of Intended Prosecution

Under the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, anyone who is to be prosecuted for:

  • dangerous, careless or inconsiderate driving

  • failure to comply with traffic signs or the direction of a police officer on traffic duty

  • leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position

  • speeding (if it is not dealt with under the fixed penalty system)

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Road Traffic Offences and Penalties