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DRIVING PENALTIES - DRIVING FINES

Driving-Penalties

DRIVING BANS - IMPRISONMENT

Driving Penalties for traffic offences shown on the right-hand side column and on your driver's part 2 driving licence also have driving fines and driving bans which are listed below.

For every offence which carries penalty points the court has the power to order the licence holder to be disqualified, fined and imprisoned. This may be for Obligatory or Discretionary periods the court thinks fit under court guidelines

You as VDOC manager must monitor the driving licences and all drivers on your companies or oranisations business on a regular basis and ensure that all driving fines are paid to ensure that your Vehicles Duty of Care in this area does not catch you out!

N.B.the driving penalties listed under 'Prison', 'Fine' and 'Ban' are maximum penalties.

OFFENCE

PRISON

FINE

BAN

*causing death by dangerous driving

14 years

Unlimited

Obligatory - 2 years minimum

*Dangerous driving

2 years

Unlimited

Obligatory

*Causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs

14 years

Unlimited

Obligatory - 2 years minimum

Careless and inconsiderate driving

-

£5,000

Discretionary

Driving while unfit through drink or drugs or with excess alcohol: or failing to provide a specimen

6 months

£5,000

Obligatory

Failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident

6 months

£5,000

Discretionary

Driving when disqualified

6 months (12 in Scotland)

£5,000

Discretionary

Driving after refusal or revocation of licence on medical grounds

6 months

£5,000

Discretionary

Driving without insurance

-

£5,000

Discretionary

Using a vehicle in a dangerous condition

-

LGV £5,000 PCV £5,000 Other £2,500

Obligatory if offence committed within 3 years of a previous conviction for the same offence - 6 months minimum otherwise discretionary

Failure to have proper control of vehicle or full view of the road and traffic ahead, or using a hand-held mobile phone while driving

-

£1,000 (£2,500 for PCV or goods vehicle)

Discretionary

Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence

-

£1,000

Discretionary

Speeding

-

£1,000 (£2,500 for motorway offences)

Discretionary

Traffic light offences

-

£1,000

Discretionary

Seat belt offences

-

£500

-

Dangerous cycling

-

£2,500

-

Careless cycling

-

£1,000

-

Cycling on pavement

-

£500

-

Failing to identify driver of a vehicle

-

£1,000

Discretionary

*Where a court disqualifies a person on conviction for one of these offences, it must order an extended retest.

With driving penalties the courts also have discretion to order a retest for any other offence which carries penalty points, an extended retest where disqualification is obligatory, and an ordinary test where disqualification is not obligatory.

In some serious driving penalties, the court MUST (in addition to imposing a fixed period of disqualification) order the offender to be disqualified until they pass a driving test.

In other cases the court has a discretionary power to order such disqualification. The test may be an ordinary length test or an extended test according to the nature of the offence.

In addition to the penalties a court may decide to impose, the cost of insurance is likely to rise considerably following conviction for a serious driving offence. This is because insurance companies consider such drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision.

Drivers disqualified for drinking and driving twice within 10 years, or once if they are over two and a half times the legal limit, or those who refused to give a specimen, also have to satisfy the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's Medical Branch that they do not have an alcohol problem and are otherwise fit to drive before their licence is returned at the end of their period of disqualification.

Persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol may lead to the withdrawal of a driving licence.

Where an offence is punishable by imprisonment then the vehicle used to commit the offence may be confiscated!

A VDOC manager must be able to prove at all times to both management and the authorities that their driving licence records are up to date and that includes Driving Penalties!

Signed for - Written instructions and advice to all drivers of vehicles on company business!


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