Sentencing Council: Publication of new and revised definitive motoring offences guidelines – will come into effect on 1 July 2023.

The Sentencing Council has published 12 new and revised sentencing guidelines for offenders convicted of motoring offences in response to consultation.

The guidelines include updated versions of six current guidelines – published in 2008 – and reflect new maximum sentences for some of the offences, including causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The six guidelines have been updated in line with the current, step-by-step format of sentencing guidelines now used by the courts. They are among the final set of sentencing guidelines published by the former Sentencing Guidelines Council to be updated by the Sentencing Council.

The Council also published five new guidelines for new offences created since the current guidelines were published. They include causing serious injury by dangerous driving, which has a proposed sentence range of up to five years’ custody, and causing serious injury by driving while disqualified, which has a proposed sentence range of up to four years’ custody.

There is also a new guideline to bring consistency to sentencing offenders convicted of causing injury by wanton or furious driving where a motorist causes injury or death off-road such as in a field or dirt track, or where a cyclist causes death or injury at any location, with a proposed sentence range of up to two years’ custody. The guidelines, which apply to adult offenders, will come into effect on 1 July 2023.

press notice is available on the Sentencing Council website.