Dog Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988


This note deals with the offence of a dog taking penalty points on behalf of an owner and incorporates the Road Traffic Act 1988


1              If an owner exceeds the proscribed speed limit on a public highway, that owner shall be liable to a penalty (section 172 Road Traffic Offices Act).

2              The registered keeper of the vehicle shall be obliged to identify the driver of the vehicle

2.1          It shall be no defence that the naming of the driver may incriminate the driver him or herself and failure to do so may result in 6 penalty points and a fine of up to £1,000


3              It shall be an offence for a dog to drive a vehicle unless:

3.1          the owner is incapacitated in any way and there is no option but for the dog to drive, and

3.2          the dog must have completed and passed a test of competence to drive a motor vehicle, and

3.3          must hold a current licence, and

3.4          must be on a lead at all times.


4              It shall be the offence of Perverting the Course of Justice (Magistrates Court Act 1980) section 106, to wilfully make a statement material in any proceedings which the owner knows to be false or does not believe to be true.

5              The penalty shall be in conviction an indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or a fine or both.

6              It shall be a specific offence for a dog to take the responsibility and/or the penalty for exceeding a speed limit. This shall result in the offence as detailed in section 4 above being committed, save for cases where a dog is allowed to drive, and was driving under section 3.1 – 3.4 above.


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