The main changes to the law that affect business drivers are:

  • a new offence of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving, which will carry a custodial sentence of up to five years
  • the penalty for careless or inconsiderate driving doubles, from £2500 to £5000
  • using a hand held phone whilst driving and, as a result, failing to have proper control of the vehicle, will attract three penalty points and a £60 fixed penalty fine
  • there will be graduated fines for speeding offences, dependant upon the actual speed recorded within a specific limit, although the parameters for these have yet to be final