Dangerous Driving

A person is to be regarded as driving dangerously if:

  • the way he drives falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver, and
  • it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous.

A person is also to be regarded as driving dangerously if it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving the vehicle in its current state would be dangerous.

Note that ‘dangerous’ refers to danger either of injury to any person or of serious damage to property.

A mechanical defect or duress can be relied upon as defence to this charge.

The offence itself can be dealt with either in the Magistrates or Crown Court.

The maximum sentence in the Crown Court is two years’ imprisonment and/or a fine and in the Magistrates Court, it is six months’ imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of £5000. Disqualification is obligatory and the offence carries obligatory endorsement with between three and 11 penalty points. Retesting by way of an extended driving test is mandatory.

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