By: Simon B
July 23, 2019
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Popular offences and their possible maximum penalties
It’s as well to be forewarned about the consequences of breaking the UK Highway law before you venture onto the roads, so here are some examples of the toughest penalties you can face:
- Driving without insurance: Your licence is endorsed with 6 to 8 points, and you may be disqualified and fined up to £5,000.
- Driving without a licence: If you’re disqualified, you get 3 to 6 points on your licence and face a maximum fine of £1,000 or six months in prison.
- Failing to produce a driving licence: You may be fined up to £1,000.
- Drink driving: The maximum penalty for a charge of driving over the limit is £5,000 and 6 months in prison. You’ll be disqualified for a year unless the circumstances are exceptional.
- Speeding: You have 3 to 6 points added to your licence and maybe disqualified, depending on the seriousness of the offence. You may be fined up to £1,000, or £2,500 if the offence was on the motorway.
- Dangerous driving: If found guilty, you’re disqualified, fined up to £5,000, or sent to prison for up to six months.
- Careless driving: If guilty, your licence will be endorsed, you may be disqualified, and you may be fined up to £2,500.
- Taking a motor vehicle without consent: You may be disqualified and fined up to £5,000.