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Driving other than in accordance with a licence is an offence, contrary to section 87(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988) and Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988. The definition of the offence is that the provisional driver must comply with conditions and if they drive a vehicle in contravention of the conditions they commit an offence.
A provisional licence holder must:
not drive except under supervision of a qualified driver who is present with them in the motor vehicle (unless the motor vehicle is a motorcycle)
display leaner (L) plates to front and rear
not draw a trailer
not ride a motorcycle not having a sidecar and carrying another person
not drive on a motorway
The sentencing guidelines for this offence is a level A fine of £1000 and up to 3–6 penalty points.
However, for the purposes of the question, whether they were driving the vehicle with L plates at the start of the journey and when stopped had no L plates is irrelevant, as the offence is committed by the fact they were driving the vehicle without a licence.
Driving without a licence is deemed to be an absolu
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