UK Driving Offences

Being a motorist in the UK comes with many trials and tribulations; there are so many specific requirements and rules involved with all aspects of driving and owning a vehicle that it can sometimes be difficult to keep up. Although it can be technical, it is vital that all motorists do their upmost to drive and maintain their car within the confines of the law, rules and legislations have been put in place to keep motorists and pedestrians as safe as possible, and failure to adhere to these rules can result in various penalties and punishments.

To help you better understand how you can avoid getting into hot water whilst driving, here are some common offences that regularly see careless motorists being penalised and punished.


Leaving the scene of a collision you were involved in without stopping and exchanging insurance details is a criminal offence, this can result in between five and ten penalty points being added to your licence and the driver will likely receive a fine of up to £5,000. This may also result in disqualification from driving.

If you are involved in a collision and fail to report the incident can cause many problems down the line, and prevents the police from having the incident recorded. Again, this can result in five to ten points being added to your licence and a fine of up to £5,000.


There are many possible offences involved with driving under the influence of alcohol. If you refuse to take a roadside breathalyzer test you could receive four penalty points and see a fine of up to £1,000.

If you are found to have excessive alcohol in your system whilst in charge of a motorcar, you will see a fine of up to £2,500 and could be imprisoned for up to three months, as well as a hefty ten penalty points added to your driver’s licence. Alternatively, if you have found to be driving a motorcar whilst having excessive alcohol in your system you will definitely lose your driver’s licence and will be fined up to £5,000. Be sure to steer clear of alcohol if you plan to drive afterwards, or you could well find yourself hunting for a drink driving solicitor.


It is vital that you have the appropriate documentation at all times during your ownership of a vehicle. If you are uninsured and are found to be in ownership of or driving a vehicle then you can receive between six and eight penalty points and fined up to £5,000.

Driving without an up to date tax disc or a valid MOT certificate could earn you a fine of up to £1,000 but will not incur any penalty points.

So there are some basic motoring offences, each with their probable punishments; always be sure to follow the rules of the road and drive in a safe and sensible manner.

Dean Saliba

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