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7 July 2022

The Council is consulting on 12 new and revised sentencing guidelines for offenders convicted of motoring offences in England and Wales.

We are seeking views on the draft guidelines – which apply to adult offenders only – from judges, magistrates and others with an interest in this area. The consultation will run from 7 July to 29 September 2022.

The proposed changes include updated versions of six current guidelines which were published in 2008 and reflect new maximum sentences for some of the offences, including causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

We are also consulting on five new guidelines for new offences created since the current guidelines were published. They include causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and causing serious injury by driving while disqualified.

The consultation also covers a new guideline for sentencing offenders convicted of causing injury by wanton or furious driving where a motorist causes injury or death off-road such as in a field or dirt track, or where a cyclist causes death or injury at any location.