Whether your business owns a full fleet of vehicles or maintains only a few company cars, you might have encountered motoring offences that hinder your business’s daily operations — offences that might make a dent in your transportation budget.
Freeman Solicitors suggests that fines, endorsements, penalty points, and driving disqualifications can negatively impact business operations. These effects are even more noticeable when you run a small business or if you are self-employed and need your licence to make a living.
Depending on the severity, motor vehicle offences can cost you anywhere from a £100 fine for speeding, to unlimited fines, a driving ban and prison for dangerous driving. These also have cumulative longer-term effects, such as an increase in your insurance premiums, or driving bans from accumulated penalty points.
The Road Traffic Act 1988 is an up-to-date Act of the Parliament stating all road safety provisions, vehicle usage guidelines, licensing information, driving instructions and third party liabilities that make up the traffic laws of the United Kingdom.
Here are some of the most common offences that motorists make:
When you receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP), it might be because you were recorded speeding. Despite the name, however, receiving an NIP does not automatically mean you will be subject to prosecution. If you are fortunate enough, you might get away with the need to take a speed awareness course or with a fixed penalty.
The accumulation of minor offences may result in a major problem. For example, if your licence accumulates 12 or more points in a three-year span, you might have to face a totting up driving ban. An effective lawyer might be able to prevent your disqualification for a licence.
When found guilty of drunk driving, you will face a minimum 12-month driving ban as well as other penalties. The right legal representative can minimise your penalty and reduce the length of the ban through the drink-drive rehabilitation course.
Careless driving and dangerous driving are also some of the common motoring offences that could result in your licence taken away and your business operations suspended. Careless driving, also called ‘driving without due care and attention,’ encompasses a range of offences, from poor lane discipline to swerving. The much more serious offence of dangerous driving, or driving which “falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driving,” carries much heftier penalties and possible prison time.
Violations against the Road Traffic Act may result and a large penalty or worse, the removal of your driving licence. Getting in touch with a professional can help you sort out the issue.
Your best choice when you would like to contest a motoring offence is to go to someone with legal expertise as soon as possible. Their support and representation can help mitigate penalties.
You have a better chance of receiving a verdict of ‘not guilty’ if a professional with legal expertise can prove that the charge is unfounded. These professionals can protect your driving licence and, by extension, your business.