What is a motoring offence?
A large percentage of the population currently have a UK driving licence, therefore a lot of motoring offences do get committed.
Some of the more common motoring offences are:
Drink Driving – Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.
Speeding – Not following the speed limits.
Smoking and Driving – New laws have made it illegal to smoke for example if you use a company car or a taxi. Private vehicles are not yet affected.
Tyres – Illegal or defective tyres.
Hand Held Mobile Phones – You must now use a hands free device to comply with the law.
Seat Belts – If you are 16 years of age or over it is your responsibility to wear a seat belt.
Driving under the influence of drugs.
Penalties and convictions for motoring offences
There are now many different penalties which can be given to people when they are caught committing a driving offence, these include:
- Penalty Charge Notice – This is what happens when you park your vehicle illegally or ignore certain traffic rules and regulations. If you pay this fine promptly you normally get a 50% discount. The penalty does increase when no action is taken but if you wish to challenge being given this penalty, there is an independent adjudication service.
- Fixed Penalties – These were introduced as a way of reducing the number of cases which the Courts had to deal with.
For more information on:
- There are two types of fixed penalty:
- How to appeal against sentence for a motoring offence
- If you wish to appeal against a sentence for a motoring offence it is always advisable to seek professional legal help.