Driving with excess alcohol

Being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol

Being in charge of a vehicle whilst unfit by reason of excess alcohol is defined as driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle on the public highway or a public place whilst under the influence of alcohol exceeding the prescribed limit. Even if you are not driving the vehicle, but are in the vehicle on the public highway/public place, you can be deemed to be “in charge” of the vehicle.

The maximum penalties for being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol are:

  • 10 penalty points; and
  • discretionary disqualification; and
  • a fine of up to £2,500; and/or
  • 3 months imprisonment.

Common offences