Various driving laws help to keep drivers and passengers safe on the roads in the United Kingdom. This section has information about the most serious driving safety rules and restrictions.
DRIVING SAFETY LAWS: Check out the essential information on drink driving disqualifications. Find out the legal alcohol limits for drivers in England, Wales, and Scotland.
In some cases, driver disqualifications can also result from penalty points (endorsements). Check through the topics on driving bans and speeding penalties.
This is a listed overview of UK vehicle safety rules and regulations. Further information covers vehicle recall procedures and dealing with faults on car parts.
The first section addresses child car seat and restraint regulation. The laws affect how you transport children in your vehicle. There is also a different section covering the current seat belt regulations in the UK.
CHILD CAR SEATS: The child car seat laws regulate the correct use of restraints for small children in vehicles. UK car booster seat rules for babies and young children depend on the child's height, age, and weight.
DRINK DRIVE RULES: UK drink driving laws are strict and punishing. Being found guilty of drink-driving can result in imprisonment and banned from driving.
DDRS COURSE: The drink-drive rehabilitation course is a scheme that can reduce a driving ban. Find out the current cost to enrol and what happens after completion.
DRIVING DRUGS LAW: The penalties for driving under the influence of drugs are severe in the United Kingdom. The section explains the consequences of drugs and driving.
DISQUALIFICATIONS: What happens when someone gets banned from driving and when does a driver ban end? The courts can order a test resit after a period of driving disqualification.
DVLA ENDORSEMENTS: The codes have a sliding scale penalty point system from one to 11. The most serious endorsement offences receive a higher points tally and some involve a disqualification.
MOBILE PHONE LAWS: A guide explaining the laws for using mobile phones while driving or riding a vehicle. Breaking the mobile phone law can result in penalty points and a severe fine.
DVLA ENDORSEMENTS: UK courts can issue fines and handout penalty points endorsements on driving records. Licence endorsement points show for periods of either four or eleven years.
RULES ON SEAT BELTS: Information in this section relates to the current seat belt law in the United Kingdom. It also explains the exemption rules on wearing a seat belt in a vehicle.
There is a minimum penalty of £100 fine for speeding and 3 penalty points will get added to your driving record. Building up 12 or more penalty points in a 3 year period can result in a driving disqualification.
If you get stopped by the police for speeding they will often send details of the penalty to you. But, they can also choose to send the case straight to court.
The police send notice to the registered keeper of the vehicle if you get caught by speed camera. They will sent a notice of intended prosecution within 14 days of the offence. Ignoring the notice means you may have to attend a court summons.
NEW DRIVERS SPEEDING RULES: There are special rules for new drivers for the first two years after passing the test. The DVLA can revoke your driving licence if you build up 6 or more penalty points within this 2 year period.
VEHICLE DEFECTS: There are responsibilities to meet if your vehicle part or accessory gets recalled. The section explains what to do about vehicle recalls and faults or defects.
Vehicle and Driving Safety Laws and Restrictions in the United Kingdom