Table of Driving Offences

Laws against driving offences might seem like a pain when you get in trouble for breaking them, but when you are making your way through an environment populated by fast, heavy, motorised vehicles, the last thing you want is a situation in which no rules apply, and people can do whatever they want, particularly when you are controlling a large vehicle of your own.

It is important to understand what constitutes a driving offence, as well as the kind of punishment you can expect if you do commit one.

Accidents

Failing to stop after an accident

Penalty Points: 5-10
Likely Penalty: Fine up to £5,000
Disqualification: Possible
Fixed Penalty Option: No

Failing to report an accident

Penalty Points: 5-10
Likely Penalty: Fine up to £5,000
Disqualification: Possible
Fixed Penalty Option: No

Alcohol

Alcohol offences go beyond catching people who are swerving across the road - refusing to give a breath, blood, or urine sample can result in equally serious consequences, even if you haven't touched a drop. Driving under the influence offences have now been expanded to include drug driving offences too.

Refusing roadside breath test

Penalty Points: 4
Likely Penalty: Fine up to £1,000
Disqualification: Possible
Fixed Penalty Option: No

In charge with excess alcohol

Penalty Points: 10
Likely Penalty: Fine up to £2,500
Disqualification: Likely
Fixed Penalty Option: No

After being in charge refusing to supply specimens for analysis

Penalty Points: 10
Likely Penalty: Fine up to £2,500
Disqualification: Likely
Fixed Penalty Option: No

Driving with excess alcohol

Penalty Points: (4)
Likely Penalty: Fine up to £5,000
Disqualification: Compulsory
Fixed Penalty Option: No

Driving under the influence of drugs

Penalty Points: (4)
Likely Penalty: Fine up to £5,000
Disqualification: Compulsory
Fixed Penalty Option: No

After driving refusing to supply specimens for analysis

Penalty Points: (4)
Likely Penalty: Fine up to £5,000
Disqualification: Compulsory
Fixed Penalty Option: No

For more information on drink driving punishments, visit our drink driving law section.

Documents

No Insurance

Penalty Points: 6-8
Likely Penalty: Fine up to £5,000
Disqualification: Possible
Fixed Penalty Option: No

Visit Car Insurance Law for more information.

No Tax

Penalty Points: 0
Likely Penalty: Fine up to £1,000
Disqualification: Not an option
Fixed Penalty Option: Yes

No MOT

Penalty Points: 0
Likely Penalty: Fine up to £1,000
Disqualification: Not an option
Fixed Penalty Option: Yes

Visit our Road Tax and MOT section for more information.

No Driving Licence

Penalty Points: 3-6
Likely Penalty: Fine up to £1,000
Disqualification: Possible
Fixed Penalty Option: No

For more advice on these offences, you should contact a solicitor. If you need advice quickly and cheaply, we recommend Instant Law Line. You'll have access to telephone advice from expert lawyers, at rates you won't believe.

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