Road traffic offences

Road traffic offences guidance:

Proving the identity of the driver Where the court is satisfied that accused was served with a notice under section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988) and the...

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Consent to specimens of blood and urine at the police station The police have the power to request a sample of blood or urine instead of a specimen of breath if one of...

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The offence of aggravated vehicle-taking A person is guilty of aggravated vehicle taking if: • they take a conveyance without the owner's or other lawful authority's...

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Definition of automatism An act is done in a state of automatism if it is done by the body without control by the mind, (eg it is a spasm or a reflex), or if it is done...

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This Practice Note explains how the proportion of alcohol in a driver’s system at the time they were driving, rather than at the time that the breath or lab blood or...

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Careless or inconsiderate driving If a person drives a car carelessly or without consideration for other road users they may be guilty of careless and...

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STOP PRESS: The Sentencing Council has published offence specific guidelines for courts sentencing offences previously covered by a Definitive Guideline. The offence...

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STOP PRESS: The Sentencing Council has published offence specific guidelines for courts sentencing offences previously covered by a Definitive Guideline. The offence...

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The offence of dangerous driving Dangerous driving contrary to section 2 Road traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988) is an offence that can be tried in the Crown Court or the...

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Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving If a person drives a car carelessly or without consideration for other road users and their driving causes the death of...

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STOP PRESS: The Sentencing Council has published offence specific guidelines for courts sentencing offences previously covered by a Definitive Guideline. The offence...

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Defendant to raise their defence A number of defences may apply in road traffic cases. These include: • automatism • insanity • duress and necessity, and • the 'hip...

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Discretionary power to disqualify from driving The principal statutes that govern discretionary disqualification are the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (RTOA 1988) and...

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Driving disqualification for any offence Where the Crown Court or a magistrates’ court convicts an offender of any offence it may, instead of or in addition to dealing...

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The Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988) creates a number of alcohol and drug related offences. The principal ones are: • driving with excess alcohol or drugs • attempting to...

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Police powers and preliminary tests Under the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988) there are three types of preliminary tests. These are: • a breath test administered by the...

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