Road Traffic and Transportation Offences in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • R v Hennigan
    • Court of Appeal
    • 25 Feb 1971

    The Court would like to emphasise this, that there is of course nothing in the Statute which requires the manner of the driving to be a substantial cause, or a major cause, or any other description of cause, of the accident. So long as the dangerous driving is a cause and something more than de minimis, the Statute operates.

  • R v Krawec
    • Court of Appeal
    • 26 Nov 1984

    In our judgment the unforeseen and unexpected results of the carelessness are not in themselves relevant to penalty. The primary considerations are the quality of the driving, the extent to which the appellant on the particular occasion fell below the standard of the reasonably competent driver; in other words, the degree of carelessness and culpability. The unforeseen consequences may sometimes be relevant to those considerations.

  • Re Attorney General's Reference (No.152 of 2002); R v Robert Charles Cooksley
    • Court of Appeal
    • 03 Abr 2003

    It is designed to protect road users in the future from an offender who had shown himself to be a real risk on the roads. The Panel suggests the risk represented by the offender is reflected in the level of culpability which attaches to his driving so that matters relevant to fixing the length of the driving disqualification for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving will be much the same as those factors we have listed already.

  • Attorney General's Reference (Nos. 14 and 24 of 1993); R v Shepherd; R v Wernet
    • Court of Appeal
    • 17 Dic 1993

    The Road Traffic Act 1991 created two new offences by way of amendment of the Road Traffic Act 1988. Section 1 of the 1991 Act substituted for sections 1 and 2 of the 1988 Act the new offence of causing death by dangerous driving, thereby replacing the offence of causing death by reckless driving. At one time earlier in the somewhat chequered history of road traffic offences there had been an offence of causing death by dangerous driving.

  • R v Boswell
    • Court of Appeal
    • 19 Jun 1984

    Thirdly, the driver who disregards warnings from his passengers, a feature which occurs quite frequently in this type of offence. Fourthly, prolonged, persistent and deliberate course of very bad driving – one of the cases today illustrates that ~ a person who over a lengthy stretch of road ignores traffic signals, jumps red lights, passing other vehicles on the wrong side, driving with excessive speed, driving on the pavement and so on.

  • R v Jack Richardson; R v Sheppard; R v Abery; R v Little; R v Poel; R v Robertson
    • Court of Appeal
    • 18 Dic 2006

    Everyone knows, or should know, that the consumption of even small quantities of alcohol undermines the ability of any driver to apply his full concentration to the road.

  • R v Petherick (Rosie Lee)
    • Court of Appeal
    • 03 Oct 2012,03 Oct 2012

    Eighth, in a case where custody cannot proportionately be avoided, the effect on children or other family members might (our emphasis) afford grounds for mitigating the length of sentence, but it may not do so. If it does, it is quite clear that there can be no standard or normative adjustment or conventional reduction by way of percentage or otherwise. It is a factor which is infinitely variable in nature and must be trusted to the judgment of experienced judges.

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    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    • 21 de Mayo de 2013
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  • Environment Newsletter - February 2011
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    • 4 de Febrero de 2011
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  • The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review, Tenth Edition – UK
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    • Latham & Watkins LLP
    • 18 de Diciembre de 2019
    As it has since inception, this tenth edition of The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review provides a survey of evolving legal constructs in 21 jurisdictions around the world. It remains ...
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