Driving a Vehicle in a Dangerous Condition
Dangerous vehicle offences should be taken seriously, even though they are quite unusual, they do carry 3 penalty points.
Section 40A of the RTA 1988 covers Dangerous vehicle offences.
A vehicle can be made dangerous by acts such as;
- Carrying too many passengers
- Too much weight
- An excessive load
- Distribution of a load
- 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 the following that may be considered dangerous;
- Defective tyres
- Lights etc
Drivers are often offered the opportunity to take part in the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme rather than face prosecution for some minor dangerous vehicle offences.
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