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New offences introduced to the Road Safety Act (2006) make it even more important to ensure your vehicle is well maintained and you consider your own safety and that of other road users every time you get behind the wheel.

New offences 

  • Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving
  • Causing death whilst driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured
  • Keeping a vehicle which does not meet insurance requirements

Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving

A person who causes the death of another person by driving a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place, is guilty of this offence.

Should a driver be found guilty they will receive a mandatory disqualification, have their licence endorsed and be liable to penalties.

It is important to appreciate that the driver will not be acting in a dangerous manner, as this would then fall under the offence of causing death by dangerous driving.

Causing death whilst unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured

This offence is particularly relevant to employees driving company vehicles or a person driving a hire or lease vehicle.

If found guilty, the driver will be disqualified and have their licence endorsed as well as being subject to other penalties.

Keeping a vehicle that does not meet insurance requirements 

If a motor vehicle registered under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 does not meet the insurance requirements, the person in whose name the vehicle is registered is guilty of the offence.

Where on any occasion the Secretary of State has reason to believe that a person has committed an offence under Section 144A of this Act, a notice will be issued offering the opportunity of discharging any liability to conviction for the offence by payment of a fixed penalty.

Download the Road Safety information sheet

Please note: this information sheet is not intended to replace or override any policies or procedures applicable to your business nor is it intended to replace or override manufacturer’s recommendations as outlined in the vehicle handbook.

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