Mobile phone offence? Defective tyre or brakes?
Motoring offences are committed every day, some more than others. Sometimes the
problem is that drivers are not aware that they are breaking the law.
If you are one of these drivers and have been penalised for it,
we can help.
But first let us reveal five common driving offences you could be committing
every day without even realising it.
Mobile phone offence
It is a motoring offence to use a hand-held device that sends or receives data
electronically, when driving. Devices include:
- Mobile phones
- Personal computers
- Satellite navigation systems
You are legally allowed to use hands-free devices.
Using any such device (whether hand-held or hands-free) makes you four times more
likely to crash as they are major distractions that will hinder your
A mobile phone offence can result in three penalty points and a fine of up to
Seat belts must be worn by everyone in your vehicle if the vehicle has been
fitted with them. It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure passengers
under the age of 14 are wearing them. A fine of up to £500 may be given.
Police may pull you over and test your eyesight at any time if they believe it is
affecting your driving.
You should be able to read a car number plate from 20.5 metres or five car
lengths in good light. If you cannot, you are committing a driving offence and
require some kind of vision correction to drive legally.
You could be facing three penalty points and a potential £1,000 fine if you are
driving with bad eyesight.
It is very dangerous to drive with defective tyres as they will affect your
vehicle's grip of the road. This means that the steering, braking and
acceleration of your vehicle will be seriously hindered.
It is also a motoring offence and could carry a fixed penalty notice or a maximum
three penalty points and a £2,500 fine. If more than one tyre is damaged, each
tyre can be penalised separately.
Exceeding the passenger limit
Driving with too many passengers in your car means that you are carrying extra
weight that your car was not designed to carry. This means that the braking and
acceleration of your car will be affected.
You could be facing three penalty points and a fine for this motoring offence.
If you commit any of these driving offences and are involved in an incident the
penalties could be much more severe and you will be dealing with a more complex
If you have been punished for any of these traffic offences, we can start your
Driving Defence so contact us now!
A defective brakes offences sounds simple, but brakes that do not work when the pedal is depressed is not where this offence ends. Any problems with the braking system can result in a charge, right down to the blown brake bulb.