Driving offences summary only

Driving offences summary only guidance:

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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Careless or inconsiderate driving If a person drives a car carelessly on a road or public place, or without consideration for other users of the road or place they may be...

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The offences The Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988) creates two offences: • obtaining a driving licence whilst disqualified, and • driving a motor vehicle on the road...

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The offence of driving with no insurance It is an offence to use, or to cause or permit another to use, a motor vehicle under the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988) unless...

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If a person drives or is in charge of a motor vehicle with a concentration of a specified controlled drug in their body which is above the legal limit, they will be...

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Duress by threats Duress by threats provides a complete defence to a charge of any offence other than murder, attempted murder and potentially treason. The defence arises...

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The offence of failing to identify driver Registered owners and drivers of vehicles are required, under certain circumstances, to provide information as to the driver of...

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Drivers are under a duty to stop at the scene of an accident, provide personal details and report an accident. These duties are governed by the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA...

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What is an operator's licence? An operator's licence is a legal authority to operate a certain category of vehicle within the UK. Operator licensing applies to heavy...

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In England, Wales and Scotland, operator licences are issued by Traffic Commissioners. Traffic Commissioners are responsible for the licensing and regulation of those who...

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Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles A 'hackney carriage' is a vehicle which is licensed to 'ply for hire', that is to provide a taxi service and wait on taxi...

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The elements of the offence of speeding The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (RTRA 1984), s 89 creates the offence of exceeding a speed limit. The elements of the offence...

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Taking a conveyance without authority offence Taking a conveyance without authority is committed when a person: • takes a conveyance without the owner's consent or other...

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