Have you been accused of careless or inconsiderate driving? Call 0330 111 6074 for free initial advice and help from a specialist solicitor.
Also Known As
- Careless driving
- Inconsiderate driving
- Driving without due care and attention
Not to be confused with
- Dangerous driving – a much more serious offence
- Reckless driving – an old offence that no longer exists
Penalties for Careless or Inconsiderate Driving
The police can offer a driver improvement course as an alternative to a fixed penalty or prosecution. See our guidance on driver improvement courses.
The police can offer a fixed penalty of 3 points and £100. See my guidance on fixed penalties.
The magistrates’ court will impose:
- Fine up to £5,000 and
- 3-9 penalty points or an unlimited driving disqualification
|Examples of nature of activity||Starting point||Range|
|Momentary lapse of concentration or misjudgement at low speed||Band A fine||Band A fine
3 – 4 points
|Loss of control due to speed, mishandling or insufficient attention to road conditions, or carelessly turning right across on-coming traffic||Band B fine||Band B fine
5 – 6 points
|Overtaking manoeuvre at speed resulting in collision of vehicles, or driving bordering on the dangerous||Band C fine||Band C fine
Consider disqualification OR 7 – 9 points
Where Will the Case Be Heard?
Cases of careless or inconsiderate driving are heard in the magistrates’ court. They cannot be dealt with by a Crown Court unless the case goes to appeal.
Points to prove
To prove a case of careless or inconsiderate driving against a driver the police or the prosecutor have to prove all of the following things. If they can’t prove all of them then the driver is not guilty.
- The accused was driving a vehicle
- The accused was driving on a road or a public place
- The standard of driving was below that of a reasonable competent driver
How I defend driving without due care and attention
Every case is different but here are some of the ways I defend cases.
- Assessing the evidence
- Advising whether to attend a police interview
- Persuading the police not to charge
- Negotiating for a driver improvement course or a fixed penalty
- Do the prosecution have enough evidence to prove their case?
- Should the witnesses by cross-examined to test their evidence?
- Is it in the public interest to prosecute?
- Could the case be dealt with by a different charge such as speeding or failing to observe a traffic signal?
Find Out More
- Legal advice for a police interview
- Taking a case to trial in the Magistrates’ Court
- Special reasons not to disqualify or give penalty points
- Avoiding a driving ban for 12 penalty points (or more)
- How I can help with a guilty plea in the Magistrates’ Court
- Appeals to the Crown Court against conviction and sentence
- Second opinions
- Great value fixed fees
Not Sure if You Need Legal Representation for Careless or Inconsiderate Driving?
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