3. Motoring offences appropriate for imposition of fine or discharge

Effective from: 04 August 2008

Part 3: Offences concerning use of vehicle

* The guidelines for some of the offences below differentiate between three types of offender when the offence is committed in the course of business: driver, owner-driver and owner-company. For owner-driver, the starting point is the same as for driver; however, the court should consider an uplift of at least 25 per cent.

Maximum fines

A fine must not exceed the statutory limit. Where this is expressed in terms of a 'level', the maxima are:

Level 1 £200
Level 2 £500
Level 3 £1,000
Level 4 £2,500
Level 5 Unlimited

 

Offence Maximum Points Starting point  Special considerations 
Weight, position or distribution of load or manner in which load secured involving danger of injury (Road Traffic Act 1988, s.40A) L4 3 B Must disqualify for at least six months if offender has one or more previous convictions for same offence within three years.If offence committed in course of business: A (driver) A* (owner-driver) B (owner-company) L5 if goods vehicle – see Part 5
Number of passengers or way carried involving danger of injury (Road Traffic Act 1988, s.40A) L4 3 B If offence committed in course of business: A (driver) A* (owner-driver) B (owner-company) L5 if goods vehicle – see Part 5
Position or manner in which load secured (not involving danger) (Road Traffic Act 1988, s.42) L3 A L4 if goods vehicle – see Part 5
Overloading/exceeding axle weight L5 A Starting point caters for cases where the overload is up to and including 10 per cent. Thereafter, 10 per cent should be added to the penalty for each additional one per cent of overload.Penalty per axle.If offence committed in course of business: A (driver) A* (owner-driver) B (owner-company) L5 if goods vehicle – see Part 5
Dangerous parking L3 3 A  
Pelican/zebra crossing contravention L3 3 A  
Fail to comply with traffic sign (for example, red traffic light, stop sign, double white lines, no entry sign) L3 3 A  
Fail to comply with traffic sign (for example, give way sign, keep left sign, temporary signs) L3 A  
Fail to comply with police constable directing traffic L3 3 A  
Fail to stop when required by police constable L5 (mechanically propelled vehicle) L3 (cycle) B  
Use of mobile telephone L3

3

 

6

A

For offences committed before 1 March 2017

For offences committed on or after 1 March 2017

Seat belt offences L2 (adult or child in front) L2 (child in rear) A  
Fail to use appropriate child car seat L2 A  
Band ranges
Starting point Range
Fine Band A  50% of relevant weekly income  25 – 75% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band B  100% of relevant weekly income  75 – 125% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band C  150% of relevant weekly income 125 – 175% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band D  250% of relevant weekly income 200 – 300% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band E 400% of relevant weekly income 300 – 500% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band F  600% of relevant weekly income  500 – 700% of relevant weekly income