Careless driving

NIP and Failure to Identify a Driver

Careless Driving

Careless driving is driving that:

  • falls below the standard which would be expected of a competent and careful driver;
  • Where it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be deemed careless.

For example you could be convicted of careless driving for :

  • Tailgating
  • Pulling out in front of another vehicle
  • Being avoidably distracted causing the driver to swerve

On conviction, penalties vary depending on the seriousness of the particular offence:

Penalties can include;

  • Discretionary disqualification;
  • Between three and nine points;
  • A fine of up to £5000;
  • If you are a “new driver” and have been driving for less than two years and are sentenced so that you accumulate at least six penalty points, your licence would be revoked by the DVLA and you would have to retake your test;
  • A driving ban could lead to you losing your job;
  • Your insurance premiums will increase following a conviction for careless driving;
  • You will now have a criminal record. The conviction will only become spent after the time scales set out in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. That means that you may have  to inform your current or prospective employers of this conviction.

Sometimes the Police may offer a fixed penalty for careless driving. If you dispute the allegation it is important that you write to state that and that you want to challenge the accusation in court. 

Matt Reynolds Motoring Lawyer

Matt Reynolds

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