Driving a Vehicle in a Dangerous Condition
Dangerous vehicle offences are quite unusual, however, they do carry 3 penalty points and so should be taken seriously. Dangerous vehicle offences are covered by Section 40A of the RTA 1988.
A vehicle can be made dangerous by acts such as overloading, carrying too many passengers, or carrying too much weight, carrying an excessive load, weight, position & distribution of a load and the method of securing any load being carried.
A vehicle can also be considered dangerous if the structure has been changed so as to make it dangerous, by affecting the structural integrity of the original vehicle design. These are classed as ‘Construction & Use’ offences and cover brakes, steering, defective tyres, lights etc. that may be considered dangerous.
For some minor dangerous vehicle offences you may be offered the opportunity to take part in the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme rather than face prosecution.
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