New Rules For Drivers Toolbox Talk

Rules for New Drivers Toolbox Talks

From 28th June 2022 any driver causing death by dangerous driving can be sentenced to life imprisonment. The maximum penalty up until now for death by dangerous driving offences has been 14 years in prison. The maximum penalty for causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drugs and alcohol has also increased from 14 years to life imprisonment. Increasing the maximum sentence available for these specific driving offences will mean that these offences have the same maximum penalty as manslaughter.

Any driver who speeds or uses their phone when driving and causes a fatal accident can now be charged with the equivalent of manslaughter. The government is determined to see safer roads for all users and provide the courts with stronger legislative powers to deal with incidents where culpability of the offending driver is high.

These changes are being bought in by the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act of 2022. The Bill received Royal Assent on the 28th April 2022. The changes apply to offences in England, Scotland and Wales, but not Northern Ireland, which has separate road safety laws.

A new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving or inconsiderate driving is being introduced. This will carry a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment.

We've created a new toolbox talk that takes the issues that are deemed as dangerous and careless driving and provides rules that aim to prevent these driving offences. We hope this toolbox talk is useful for your new drivers.

 

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