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OTHER OFFENCES - Other motoring offences

What offences I should be aware of such as mobile phone offence or defective tyre or defective brakes?

Mobile phone offence? Defective tyre or brakes?

Car committng road traffic offence

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 concentration.

A mobile phone offence can result in three penalty points and a fine of up to £1,000.

Seat belts

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.

Bad eyesight

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.

Defective tyres

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 case.

If you have been punished for any of these traffic offences, we can start your Driving Defence so contact us now!

Defective brakes

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.


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