Appealing against sentence for a motoring offence

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.

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  • 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.