What Are the Most Common Driving Offences in the UK?


Every day hundreds of road users drive unlawfully putting themselves and others in danger. Depending on the seriousness of the incident, driving offences can result in points being added to your licence, disqualification or even time in prison so you may require legal aid to fight your case.

Here we explain some of the most common driving offences in the UK that may apply to you.


Driving above the speed limit is the most common driving offence in the UK. Even if you are driving just a few mph over the speed limit, you are breaking the law and putting yourself in a dangerous position where a road traffic accident is more likely to occur. Speeding comes with a minimum of 3 penalty points on your licence but for worst offenders, the penalty can be up to 175% of their weekly income and driving bans for those who have gathered 12 points in any 3 years.

Driving under the influence

In England, the legal alcohol limit stands at 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood and you must not drive while under the influence of legal or illegal drugs. If you are found to be driving while under the influence drivers can face an automatic ban, points and time in prison. It is important to know how many drinks you can have, depending on your specific attributes such as weight and metabolism, however it is always best to drive completely sober.

Dangerous driving

Driving in a dangerous manner is never okay. Actions such as ignoring road signs, overtaking dangerously and failing to stop are all examples of dangerous driving that are considered incompetent. If you find yourself in a legal battle as a result of driving in this manner, you could be hit with an unlimited fine.

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