Motor Vehicle Interference

Section 9 of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 creates this offence.

A person is guilty of the offence of vehicle interference if he interferes with a motor vehicle or trailer or with anything carried in or on a motor vehicle or trailer with the intention that an offence specified below shall be committed by himself or some other person.

These offences are:

  • theft of the motor vehicle or trailer or part of it;
  • theft of anything carried in or on the motor vehicle or trailer; and
  • an offence under section 12(1) of the Theft Act 1968 (taking and driving away without consent);

The offence can only be dealt with in the Magistrates Court.

The maximum penalty is imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or a fine not exceeding level 4 (£2,500).

Note that if a theft actually accurs then this will be dealt with under section 1 of the Theft Act 1968. These offences can be dealt with in the Magistrates & Crown Court. The maximum sentence in the Magistrates Court is 6 months imprisonment and/or a level 5 fine (£5000) and in the Crown Court 7 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine. Please see the section "Theft" listed in the sub menu for more details.

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