Also known as motoring or driving law, road traffic law governs and regulates our driving practice. Because of the huge number of people on the roads every day, road traffic law is something that is worth being clued up on. One main purpose of this area’s legislation is to instil a sense of responsibility among drivers, by raising awareness of the potential dangers associated with motor vehicle travel.
There is a huge variety of road traffic offences defined by UK legislation, ranging from drink driving to not wearing a seatbelt. These offences are punishable with varying degrees of severity – depending on the circumstances surrounding each instance.
The punishments for road traffic offences are generally serious, reflecting the nature of the transgression. The basic message is: take care when driving, safety first!
As you would expect, a significant portion of road traffic legislation covers careless or generally reckless driving.
There is also legislation governing parking tickets, road tax and MOTs.
It is also considered an offence to drive a car on the road that is not insured. As necessary as it is, car insurance can also be quite expensive. Your premium will also be affected by any points or endorsements, as well as any driving bans you have had in the past.
The more careful a driver you are and the longer you go without any accidents or claims, the cheaper your insurance will be. An example of the benefits of this being the ‘no claims bonus’ your insurance company may offer should you to fail to claim under your policy.
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