How professional drivers can stay in the know on motoring offences
If you spend many hours of the day, or night, on the road as part of your job, being hit by a motoring offence can have a huge impact on your life - both personally and professionally.
By: Strategy Plus
The different type of motoring offences
Even if you take the utmost care with your driving, if your car doesn't meet the stringent requirements of vehicle law, you could be at risk of obtaining an offence.
Often known as 'construction and use offences', penalty points will be carried for offences relating to a driver's tyres, brakes, steering and overweight vehicles.
Driving whilst uninsured, or if your vehicle is uninsured, are also very common offences in motoring.
For anyone stopped operating a vehicle without insurance, you could be hit with a hefty fine and six to eight points on your license.
Professional Licensing offences
As the name suggests, this type of offence surrounds the vehicle operators license.
All drivers in the UK must have a valid driving license, and it must cover the type of vehicle you're operating.
All drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt. If found not wearing a seat belt, an offence carries a fine, but this does not include points on your license.
You are required to stop at the scene of an accident, even if it was not your fault, as you may be asked to provide details to the Police.
If a driver has caused an accident and failed to provide information, if they are convicted they can be imprisoned for up to six months.
Driver offences include signs and signals, speeding and parking offences.
Drivers must always pay attention to road signs and speed limits on roads, and drivers can unwillingly commit an offence when not fully up to date with the rules.
Drink driving offences come with very strict guidelines and penalties.
If found guilty of drink driving, a person can be sentenced to up to six month's imprisonment, a fine and a ban for at least 12 months, depending on if it's a first offence. This increases to a three year ban on the second occasion.
For a more detailed account on the variety of motoring offences and their associated penalties, check out Regan Peggs' latest 'Motoring Offences' e-book for free at https://www.reganpeggs.com/
Regan Peggs Solicitors