A consultation to consider making careless driving a fixed penalty notice offence

Closed 18 Jan 2022

Opened 23 Nov 2021


This consultation assesses the offence of careless driving in terms of behaviours, volume of offending and the number of associated deaths and injuries in Northern Ireland. It also looks at the current legislative process for careless driving and explores how this might be improved with the introduction of a new fixed penalty for lower level offences.

In addition, the consultation considers how the availability of a fixed penalty offence for careless driving may enable police to use dash-cam footage, submitted from private motorists and riders, to investigate and enforce against poor driving behaviour.

Views are invited on all aspects of the consultation and any final decisions will be considered in light of the responses received.

The consultation document can be made available in a range of formats. Please contact us to discuss your requirements using any of the following options:


Careless Driving Consultation Responses

Safe and Accessible Travel Division

Department for Infrastructure

Room 3.09 Clarence Court

10-18 Adelaide Street

Town Parks

Belfast BT2 8GB


Email:   safeandaccessibletravel@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk

Telephone:   028 9054 0822 (text relay prefix 18001)




  • Political Representatives
  • Supervising Drivers
  • Approved Motorcyclist Instructors
  • Approved Driving Instructors
  • Bikers
  • Motorcyclists
  • Riders
  • Drivers
  • Young Drivers
  • Learner Riders
  • Learner Motorcyclist
  • Learner Driver
  • Legal professionals or legal representatives
  • Criminal Justice Agencies
  • Other Government Departments
  • Motor Insurance Companies and Representative Bodies


  • Transport
  • Police