Prosecutions and Graduated Fixed Penalties
Graduated Fixed Penalties (GFPs) have reduced the number of prosecutions being brought by the DVSA, the police and trading standards, resulting in lower penalties and fewer costly court appearances.
Nevertheless, GFPs are still recorded against a licence holder’s compliance record in exactly the same way as convictions, and can lead to a call to Public Inquiry.
It is therefore essential that you have systems in place to ensure that drivers report any GFPs and, if you believe they have been incorrectly issued, you give serious consideration to challenging them.
If an offence is too serious to be dealt with by a GFP, prosecutions are still brought against licence holders and drivers. It is therefore essential that your defence case is as strong as possible. Or, in the event of a guilty plea, that full and appropriate mitigation is put before the court to reduce the level of penalty.
Our skilled team is adept at examining the details of a case and advising on the availability of a defence. If we don’t think the case can be won, we will advise you on the best and appropriate mitigation.