Local authority activities

This chapter covers the grounds for and notification of prosecutions and how to deal with one. It also contains a summary of fixed penalty offences, fines and disqualifications and a list of codes and offences.

Updates for 2020:

  • Clarification on blood alcohol limits as they apply to Scotland.
  • New specified drug driving limits in Scotland.
  • New offence for motorway drivers.
  • New ways in which fines can be paid.

Download the local authority activities chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law


  • Grounds for prosecutions.
    • Use.
    • Permit.
    • Cause.
    • Aid and abet.
    • Interviews with enforcement authorities.
    • Providing details of drivers.
  • Notification of prosecution.
  • Seven point guide to dealing with prosecutions.
  • Pleading guilty in writing.
  • Appearing in court.
  • Submission of driving licences.
  • Partnership and sole traders.
  • Photographic evidence.
  • Mobile phones.
  • Drinking and driving.
  • Change to drug driving offences.
  • Careless driving.
  • Fixed penalties.
    • Fixed penalties for historical offences.
    • Fixed penalties offences summary.
  • Fixed penalty process.
    • Fixed penalty options – England and Wales.
    • Conditional offer options – Scotland.
  • Deposit scheme.
  • Fines.
  • Endorsement and disqualification.
    • Penalty points.
    • Special reasons.
    • Mitigating circumstances.
    • Removal of disqualification.
    • Driving tests.
    • Construction and use offences.
  • Schedule of offences and endorsement codes.
    • Aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring.
    • Causing or permitting.
    • Inciting.
    • Periods of time.
    • Codes and offences.

Download the local authority activities chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law

Operational Complexities?

Local authorities operate a wide variety of vehicles, and the legal requirements are complicated because of the range of exemptions and concessions which apply to certain vehicles but not to others. In view of such operational complexities, Logistics UK provides dedicated local authority training courses, seminars, and facilitation of member networking and a range of additional support services.