New sentencing guidelines for motoring offences

The Sentencing Council has published revised guidelines for offences in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines.

The guidelines apply to all offenders aged 18 and older who are sentenced on or after 24 April 2017, regardless of the date of the offence.


Careless driving

What's new: The Council decided to remove ‘inexperience of the driver’ from the lower culpability factors, and added ‘vehicle used for the carriage of heavy goods or for the carriage of passengers for reward’ to higher culpability.

Driving whilst disqualified

Failure to provide a specimen for analysis

Failure to provide a specimen for analysis (in charge)

Fail to stop/report an accident

What's new: The Council has changed the factor 'subsequently reported’ or ‘significant attempt made to comply with duty to ‘reasonably believed identity known’ in line with the suggestion.

Driving with no insurance


What's new - An increase the penalty for the top band of seriousness from a Band B to a Band C fine - "to ensure that there is clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases."

Driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs

In charge when unfit through drink or drugs