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What is the offence?
It is an offence if the standard of your driving ‘falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver’. The second part of the test is if ‘it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous'.
This offence is based on the standard of driving. It does not take into account inexperience or other personal factors such as age or disability.
- Examples of dangerous driving
- Excessive speed
- Vehicle in dangerous condition
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Ignoring road signs/markings
- Aggressive driving
What is the penalty?
You can receive a maximum of two years in prison along with a financial penalty. Most of the cases are dealt with at the crown court.
The court will also disqualify you for at least 12 months and will also order an extended retest.
Do I have a Defence?
There are a number of defences that can be considered:
- You were not driving the car.
- You dispute that the standard of driving was dangerous.
- The driving that is alleged did not take place.
- You had a mechanical defect on your vehicle. This is a defence as long as it is a sudden defect that you could not have been expected to know about.
- There was an involuntary act such as losing consciousness. This defence can be used as long as you did not know beforehand that you were suffering from an illness that could seriously affect your control of the vehicle.
What happens if I don’t take the extended retest?
The court has to impose an extended retest for this offence. If you do not take this test you will remain disqualified. If you are found to be driving you will be committing the offence of Disqualified Driving.
What shall I do now?
Contact us to discuss your case. This is a serious offence and the courts often impose a prison sentence. We can discuss your case with you to determine whether you have got a defence.
If the police want to speak to you we can accompany you at the police station and advise you throughout.
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If you are contacted by the police or receive a summons for court we may be able to help you. It is quick and simple to make an appointment, just contact us by email or phone. We can see you in the office or speak to you on the phone.
We are available 24 hours a day providing a professional service with direct access to a solicitor. If you need help to keep your licence please contact us.Get a free quote