Driving rules keep society on the straight and narrow
Transport Law – Driving Rules
Driving around is central to a lot of people’s lives, from getting to work to doing the shopping, and most people would agree that the practice needs to be regulated by law. The driving rules of the UK have built up over the last century, when the automobile first began to take precedence, and have evolved and been adapted to the present day.
These driving rules are the embodiment of the realisation that many people share; that while driving is incredibly important for the modern operation of our country it is also potentially very dangerous. As such, road traffic laws have created a created a dense system of speed limits, symbols, rights of way and different coloured lights to try and make sure that every individual driving on the road approaches the activity in the same way.
While the driving rules of the UK cover a huge variety of different aspects of the activity, there are a couple of main offences that are considered to be key pieces of legislation.
The offence of dangerous driving is ruled to be either driving below the commonly excepted standard, or driving a vehicle that is itself considered dangerous. Under the driving rules of the UK dangerous is defined as placing other members of the public under unnecessary risk of injury or property damage.
Under the UK’s driving rules, dangerous driving is an offence that is punishable by up 2 years in prison and an unlimited driving ban.
Part of what may constitute a charge of dangerous driving, but is also its own offence under the rules, is driving over the speed limit. If an individual is found to be driving over the speed limit on a public road they could face a number of consequences. The most common punishment for speeding is an on the spot fine, administered by the police, called a Fixed Penalty Notice. This notice will mean a deduction of 2-3 penalty points and a £60 fine. Being summoned before a court for speeding can result in a much steeper fine and a fixed ban from driving.
According to the rules, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is also an offence. It is fairly common sense that these substances impair an individual’s judgement, but it is still one of the most persistent driving offences committed in the UK. It is also against the law to refuse to give a blood, breath or urine sample to the police if they should ask for one. Again, an individual caught driving under the influence will get a fine, deducted points and maybe even a driving ban.
Another common disregard of the rules of driving comes with regards to driving with no insurance. Under UK law all drivers must have third party cover before they operate a vehicle in any way. An individual may face fines and a permanent driving ban if caught in the act.
The rules of driving are commonly accepted because they not only make sense, but if everyone adhered to them the roads would be a much safer place.