FAQ: Careless driving penalties

 

Frequently asked questions

 

Do the changes to careless driving penalties have any impact on our management of road risk?

The careless driving penalties that the government brought into force in July this year is a major change in traffic law enforcement therefore you should review your driving policy document to ensure it reflects the changes in law and best practice and that drivers are appropriately trained and informed on the new offences and the risk of on-the-spot fines.

As these new measures make it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice rather than needing to take every offender to court, ensure that you have a procedure in place whereby employees are responsible for informing their line manager of any fixed penalty notices or periods of disqualification immediately (fixed penalties for careless driving will be £100 with 3 points on the driver’s driving licence). You must have a mechanism for compliance with this requirement as failure to notify the company insurers of a relevant fact e.g. a motoring conviction, may mean that an insurance claim will not be met.

The driving policy should specify that employees are liable for any careless driving fines and that the points on their licence could eventually lead to dismissal.

Ensure all persons who drive for their employment present their driving licence for inspection on recruitment and on an annual basis thereafter.