2. Motoring offences appropriate for imposition of fine or discharge

Effective from: 04 August 2008

Part 2: Offences concerning the 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
No excise licence L3 or five times annual duty, whichever is greater A (1-3 months unpaid)
B (4-6 months unpaid)
C (7-12 months unpaid)
Add duty lost
Fail to notify change of ownership to DVLA L3 A If offence committed in course of business:
A (driver)
A* (owner-driver)
B (owner-company)
No test certificate L3 A If offence committed in course of business:
A (driver)
A* (owner-driver)
B (owner-company)
Brakes defective L4 3 B If offence committed in course of business:
B (driver)
B* (owner-driver)
C (owner-company)L5 if goods vehicle – see Part 5
Steering defective L4 3 B If offence committed in course of business:
B (driver)
B* (owner-driver)
C (owner-company)L5 if goods vehicle – see Part 5
Tyres defective L4 3 B If offence committed in course of business:
B (driver)
B* (owner-driver)
C (owner-company)L5 if goods vehicle – see Part 5
Penalty per tyre.
Condition of vehicle/accessories/ equipment 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:
B (driver)
B* (owner-driver)
C (owner-company)L5 if goods vehicle – see Part 5
Exhaust defective L3 A If offence committed in course of business:
A (driver)
A* (owner-driver)
B (owner-company)
Lights defective L3 A If offence committed in course of business:
A (driver)
A* (owner-driver)
B (owner-company)
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