Careless Driving

If you are facing charges of careless driving, it is important to understand what these charges could mean for you and your driving licence. You will probably be feeling upset and concerned about the impact of this careless driving charge on your future.

We do understand how you are feeling and we can help to take away the uncertainty by helping you to clearly understand the potential repercussions of this charge but also to offer you positive help and advice on what you can do next.

What Is Careless Driving?

Careless driving can also be known as driving without due care and attention. You will be charged with this offence if your standards of driving fall below the standard expected of a reasonable, prudent and competent driver.  Some examples of careless driving are:

Although this is a short list, there are any number of scenarios in which you may be charged with careless driving, as this charge is relevant to any lapse in the standard of your driving, regardless of the reasons why. It is for this very reason that you need specialist help from a solicitor experienced in motoring offence law, who will be able to give you the advice you need to try to get the best outcome in the circumstances.

What Are The Penalties For Careless Driving?

This is a serious charge and depending on how serious the offence is will very much reflect in how you are dealt with. Some of the lesser careless driving offences will be dealt with at the roadside and you will face a fixed penalty notice, which is 3 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £100.

However, if you are facing a more serious careless driving charge, you may be summoned to court. In these circumstances you will face:

How Can Ashmans Solicitors Help Me?

Due to our nationwide coverage we can help you if you are facing a careless driving charge no matter where you are are in England and Wales (the law in Scotland and Northern Ireland are different).

Our experienced team of solicitors have many years experience in defending motoring offence cases and will do all we can to reduce the impact of this charge on your life. Our specialist team will build you a defence and work towards the best outcome possible in the circumstances.

Although legal aid is not available in motoring offences cases, there may be options open to you depending on the circumstances of your case, such as fixed fees. Our rates are reasonable though and we are here to help.


Have you been questioned, charged or summoned with any motoring matter? If so, call Ashmans Solicitors in confidence now on 03330 096 275 (24hrs).

Our expert lawyers are here to provide you with the very best in legal advice and representation 24 hours a day. You can also use our free online enquiry form or email us at .

We will get back in touch with you quickly, no matter what time of day or night.


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  • You need to protect your driving licence and we understand that
  • We can offer you our help wherever you are in the country
  • Our rates are competitive (legal aid does not apply in motoring offences)
  • We are the first choice for professionals who need help keeping their licence
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In June 2009 I was involved in a Road traffic accident in which I suffered soft tissue injuries to my neck and back. I was referred to Ashmans Solicitors through a friend. They vigorously pursued my case and I was awarded compensation for my injury. I was so satisfied with the service that I when I was involved in a further accident I did not hesitate to contact them again. Since then I have referred other members of my family and friends to Ashmans Solicitors. They are at all times friendly and make the claims process very easy.
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