Have you been accused of careless driving?
Careless driving is when your driving standards fail to meet what would be expected of the average driver. If you are being accused of careless driving it may because the police have reason to believe you were driving without due care and attention. There is no strict definition of what amounts to careless driving therefore the court will consider if the driving was up to the expected standard.
Different forms of careless driving include:
- Cutting in to avoid queuing
- Middle lane hogging
- Splashing pedestrians with puddles
- Failing to give way at a junction
- Wheel spins/ hand brake turns
- Eating/drinking at the wheel
- Wrong lane at a roundabout
Careless driving is dealt with at the Magistrates’ Court.
This could result in 3-9 points being added to your licence, as well as a fine of up to £5,000.
The court can also impose an immediate disqualification, even if you have a clean licence.