Driving/Attempting to Drive with excess alcohol (DR10) You may be charged with this offence if: You were found to be over the legal limit while either driving a motor vehicle or even just attempting to drive it (many people do not realise that this is an offence in itself). The penalties for this offence are: a fine of up to £5,000 and/or up to 5 months in prison. Mandatory disqualification for at least 12 months if it is a first offence or for at least 3 years, if it’s the second offence within 10 years.
Driving without insurance is illegal. You don't actually have to be driving the vehicle for it to be a criminal offence - if you own a vehicle that is not insured, you can be prosecuted even if you have never driven it. You can potentially be fined up to £5000 if you are caught, although the typical fine is often a lot less than this. You will also be given a number of penalty points on your driver's license. This can be problematic if you already have penalty points, as incurring more than six will mean the loss of your license. You may have your license revoked too. As well as driving an uninsured car, It is also illegal to let someone else borrow your car if they are not insured on it.
It's not just banned drivers who can fall foul of the law - new drivers can also be caught out too. In the UK it's a crime to drive on a public road if you don't have a driving licence.
To make sure that as a learner driver you don’t get caught out – remember that you need to have 'L' plates on your vehicle and be supervised by a person over 21 years old who has held a driving licence for 3 years . To drive on a public road without the following these guidelines is breaking the law and if caught doing so you will be punished and could risk losing your opportunity to get a full licence.