Motoring offences


Excessive and inappropriate speeding is one of the main contributors to avoidable collisions that result in death or serious injury. 

Lancashire Police Speed Camera VanSpeeding is an emotive issue for many Lancashire residents and is among the most popular problems to be set as a priority for local policing teams.

The force conducts daily speed checks across the county as well as enforcing fixed and average speed cameras.

The law

Anyone caught speeding could be issued a TOR (Traffic Offence Report), resulting in a £100 fine and three points on their licence.

As of the 6th April 2015 the speed limits for each vehicle type are:

Vehicle Urban road Single carriageway Dual carriageway Motorway
Motorbike 30 60 70 70
Car 30 60 70 70
Caravan 30 50 60 60
Mini bus 30 50 60 70
Vans 30 50 60 70
Goods vehicle under 7.5T 30 50 60 70
Goods vehicle over 7.5T 30 50 60 60
Buses/coaches 30 50 60 70

If drawing a trailer these limits may be reduced for more details visit -


A seatbelt can mean the difference between life and death, putting on your seatbelt should be part of your routine before even starting your car and drivers should be responsible for ensuring all passengers wear their seatbelts.

The law

  • It is illegal not to wear a seatbelt when travelling in a car or goods vehicle and it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure all passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or child restraint.
  • Seatbelts should be worn in any vehicle they are provided in, including buses and goods vehicles.
  • Anyone caught not wearing a seatbelt will be reported for further action.

Mobile phones - distracted driving 

Mobile -Phone -OffenceWe regularly catch people using a hand-held mobile phone while driving. It only takes a few seconds distraction from a mobile to cause a collision, which can have fatal consequences. Roads can be a dangerous place when the law is not respected and adhered to. If we are to reduce the number of fatalities and casualties on the county’s roads it is vital people comply with the law.

The law

  • It is illegal to use a mobile phone held in the hand while driving or while stopped with the engine on.
  • It has been illegal to use a hand held mobile phone while driving since December 2003.
  • If you break this law, even if you are otherwise driving safely, you could face a fine of £100 and three penalty points on your licence. From 1 March 2017 this penalty is increasing to a £200 fine and six points on your licence. 
  • You will be summonsed to appear in court if you refuse to accept the fixed penalty and may also be taken to court if we think the offence so bad that a fixed penalty is inadequate.
  • If you go to court, fines will almost certainly be larger and disqualification is possible - the maximum fine in a court is £1000, or £2500 you were driving a bus or a goods vehicle.
  • These offences apply simply if you are seen using a mobile while driving.  If your driving is bad, or if there is a crash while you are using the phone, you could be prosecuted for careless driving, dangerous driving or, if someone is killed, for causing death by careless or dangerous driving.
  • Fines can be much greater, and prison becomes almost certain if a death is caused.

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