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Careless Driving Offences Solicitors

Careless driving, or ‘driving without due care and attention’, is a ‘catch all’ for a range of offences ranging from minor to significant. For the more serious ‘causing death by dangerous driving’ see our separate section here.

The 1988 Road Traffic Act offers the following help on the subject:

“A person is to be regarded as driving without due care and attention if (and only if) the way he drives falls below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver.”


“A person is to be regarded as driving without reasonable consideration for other persons only if those persons are inconvenienced by his driving.”

There is clearly huge scope for interpretation here and NGP’s road traffic offence specialists are extremely experienced and knowledgable in such matters, having successfully defended many clients on careless driving (also sometimes known as inconsiderate driving).

The fixed penalty and less serious cases of careless driving, which include such offences as tailgating or misuse of motorway lanes, is £100 and 3 penalty points. Some other minor offences, such as using a mobile phone while driving, carry £200 and six points. Offences adjudged more serious will go to court, where sentences can be far more severe.

If you have been contacted by the police or have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) for careless driving then it is in your best interest to contact us, in confidence and free of charge, as early as possible.

If you have already been sentenced but think you may have grounds to appeal then we are also well placed to assist you.