3 Most Common Motoring Offences in Scotland

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Motoring Offences are common and not being able to drive can pose difficulty to any individual. Short or long term driving bans can have a truthfully detrimental impact on anyone, specifically if other people rely on their driving. Being charged with a motoring offence, or totting up your points, can result in disqualification. The disqualifications period vary depending on the type of offence.

You can also face points, penalties and even imprisonment for more severe offences. Various motoring offences are committed in Scotland daily, yet more are committed than others. If you would like to read about the most common offences in Scotland, you are in the right place. 


With an increased number of traffic and speed cameras on the roads, the number of people caught speeding is more than ever. Adhering to speed limits is crucial; if you are found going over the speed limit, even by a little bit, you can face a Fixed Penalty Notice which will result in you receiving 3 points on your licence and a £100 fine.

If you haven’t been caught with a speeding offence in the last two years, you may be offered a speed awareness course, which saves you from getting points and fines. The course costs around £80 – 120 and can be especially helpful to a new driver, who can only accumulate up to 6 points on their licence in the first two years since passing their driving test.

Driving under the influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a significantly severe offence that comes with severe penalties and obligatory disqualification. If you are caught driving under the influence of alcohol, you are likely to be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months. The drink driving limit in Scotland is lower than the rest of the UK with 22 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol in 100ml of breath, so when travelling across the UK, you should be aware of this to avoid unnecessary charges. 

Driving without insurance or licence

Driving without a licence or insurance is a common offence in Scotland, yet, the cases can vary. Some individuals may find themselves driving without a licence or insurance without knowledge, for example, the licence could have been taken away without their knowledge, or they may hold the incorrect insurance. All drivers in Scotland and the rest of the UK must hold a full licence to be able to drive on the roads independently; they must also have at least third-party insurance.

Learner drivers must hold the correct learner’s insurance and a provisional licence. They must also display L plates and be accompanied by an experienced driver over the age of 21 with at least five years of driving experience. If you were caught with a motoring offence, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Belmont solicitors. 

Are you facing motoring charges? 

If you think you have committed an offence or have received a notice that you did, we highly advise that you contact one of our motoring experts as soon as possible. We will ensure that you come out with the best possible outcome and you are well informed of the processes you are likely to face. If you are facing court dates, our experienced solicitors have excellent relations with barristers in Glasgow; that will defend your case in court to the highest possible standard. 

Contact Belmont Solicitors now. 

We understand that facing driving charges can be an extremely confusing and stressful time for anyone. We will ensure that your process is as stress-free as possible, enabling you to come out with the lowest possible charges, enabling you to get back to your daily life. 

Contact our solicitors now. We provide our clients with a free initial consultation, during which you will be able to discuss and start your successful no-win-no-fee claim now. 

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