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Parking fines and traffic penalties in England.
Consequences of drink driving
Allowed alcohol consumption limit before driving.
Parking fines and traffic penalties
You can be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice for breaking traffic rules such as driving in a bus lane, stopping in a yellow box junction, not paying congestion charge (central London) or Dartford Bridge charge on time, and so on.
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Also for parking violations such as parking where prohibited or parking without a ticket, you will be issued with a fine of around £70 – £150 (may vary by council district). This is usually payable within 28 days and it is reduced by 50% if you pay it within 14 days.
If you forget to pay for crossing the Dartford Bridge (Dart Charge) for the first time, you will be asked to pay the amount of the charge instead of paying a fine. If you made a return journey on the same day, it is usually offered for both ways.
It’s illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving or riding. Also the device must not block your view.
For speeding, drink driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop at a red light, using a mobile phone while driving, not having car insurance, not wearing a seat belt, driving too close to another vehicle and so on, you can receive a minimum of a £100 fine and 3 penalty points.
You must also inform your insurer about any motoring convictions and Fixed Penalty Notices you have been issued. Your car insurance premium most likely will increase by around 30%.
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If you get 12 penalty points within 3 years, you could lose your licence. The length of time will be decided by the court. If your licence is withdrawn for more than 56 days then you’ll need to apply for a new one.
If you’re a new driver, still within the first 2 years since passing your driving test, then your licence will be withdrawn if you get 6 or more penalty points.
If you have a foreign driving licence, it will be returned after the withdrawal period is over.
The minimum penalty for speeding is £100 and 3 penalty points added to your license.
If you are ever stopped by the police for speeding, they can either send you details of the penalty or send the case straight to court. You can also be caught for speeding by a speed camera. You will be sent a notice of intended prosecution within 14 days. If you ignore this, you may have to go to court.
National Speed Awareness Scheme/Course
The Scheme allows you to complete a workshop instead of having 3 penalty points put onto your license if you have been caught speeding.
The course is usually eligible for first time offenders who have exceeded the legal speed limit by up to 10%+ 9 mph. The case-police officer will decide whether you will be offered to attend the course. If you decline the offer you’ll have points added to your license and you’ll need to pay a fine. If you accept the offer, you’ll need to pay between £80 – £100 for the course but you won’t receive any points on your license. You can complete a speed awareness course once every three years.
Your car insurance premium might be affected. If you are asked about a speed awareness course by your insurer, you must give details.
Penalty for drink driving
It is legal to have a drink before driving however if you are caught driving while over the legal alcohol limit, the following might happen:
- You could be banned from driving for at least 12 months and you’ll be fined £5000.
- You could have 3-11 penalty points added to your licence.
- You could be sent to prison for up to 6 months.
- If you’re caught drink -driving more than once in 10 years then you’ll be banned from driving for at least 3 years.
The alcohol limit for drivers is
- 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (80mg / 100ml)
- 35 micro-grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath (35mcg/100mls)
- 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine (107mg/100mls)
How much alcohol does this mean? It is approximate and depends on body type.
For men, it is not recommended to consume more than 4 units of alcohol before driving
For women, it is not recommended to consume more than 3 units of alcohol before driving
Units in Alcohol
- One unit is equal to 10ml (100%) of pure alcohol
- Half a pint of beer = approx. 1.4 units
- 25 ml spirit = about 1 unit
- 125ml (small glass) of wine = approx. 1.5 units
- 275ml alcopops e.g.: Smirnoff ice = kb. 1,5 unit
The body usually takes 1 hour to process/eliminate 1 unit of alcohol. This also depends on your body weight, sex, age, how much you have eaten, your metabolism, your mental state, and the type of alcohol you have consumed.