Driving Without Due Care and Attention/Careless Driving


In this case the charge against you would be “Driving a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention”. 

If convicted, the sentence for Driving without due care and attention ranges between 3 to 9 penalty points as well as a fine up to £5000.00. careless driving

In more serious cases, the court may disqualify you for any period and/or until a driving test is passed. In this case, the burden of proof is on the prosecution to prove that the way you drive falls below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver. 

If you do not accept that the standard of your driving fell below that of a competent and careful driver or there are circumstances which may have given rise to the charge: i.e.: confronted by an emergency when driving, mechanical defect in the car which you did not know about, etc.  you may have a defence against the charge. 

If so, please call us on 0208 577 5491 to speak to one of our driving offences solicitors when we can discuss how we could assist you further.

Careless driving

Code     Offence                                                         Penalty points

CD10      Driving without due care and attention          3 to 9

Code CD10 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence 

Sentencing guidelines