Unlimited fines

These regulations , in force 12th March 2015, make provision in relation to fines and maximum fines which may be imposed on summary conviction, for the purpose of implementing section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Section 85(1) of the Act, which is commenced alongside these Regulations, provides that a relevant offence which is, on the commencement day, punishable on summary conviction by a fine or maximum fine of £5,000 or more (however expressed) becomes punishable on summary conviction by a fine of any amount. 

Comment

All offences with a "level 5" maximum fine now carry an unlimited fine. This applies to, amongst others, the following offences:

  • Careless driving
  • Drink driving / fail to provide
  • Drug driving / fail to provide
  • Dangerous driving
  • Defective brakes / tyres
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Fail to stop / report
  • No insurance
  • Overloading
  • Tachograph not used / not working