careless driving


It is an offence for a person to drive a vehicle on a road without due care and attention. For an offence to be committed, the manner of driving must fall below the standard that would be expected of a careful and competent driver.

Examples of careless driving include:

  • driving through a red light
  • lighting a cigarette whilst driving
  • eating or drinking whilst driving
  • driving inappropriately close to another vehicle and remaining in the overtaking lane – this behaviour is not automatically deemed to be careless and the circumstances of the action will be taken into consideration.

Careless driving is an absolute offence. A simple error of judgment can constitute careless driving and the test is an objective one, meaning no regard is taken to the inexperience of the defendant or deliberate intent.

The offence of careless driving carries a maximum fine of £5,000 together with up to 9 penalty points and discretionary disqualification. However alternative disposal options are available.

At Beswicks Legal we are experts in motoring law. We regularly deal with matters both at the police station and at Court. We can advise on whether you have a defence in law available and achieve the best possible outcome for you. Should you require initial advice or representation at Court please contact Rob Glenn on 01782 205000 or