Tougher sentences for non-licensed drivers

Non-licensed drivers are to be subject to tougher criminal convictions, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced. .


Those who cause a fatality will get up to 10 years in jail (currently up to two).


There is currently no specific offence for unlicensed drivers who cause serious injury, but this too will be addressed.


Employers can also be found liable if their drivers are not correctly licenced, an issue for the coach and bus industry.


Employers have corporate obligations to confirm their employees’ driving entitlement, and risk a fine under the Corporate Manslaughter Legislation if they neglect this check.