Motorways: Reversing on a Motorway

The Offence

driving a vehicle in reverse at any point on a motorway

Likely Punishment

Fine up to £2,500 and 3 points or discretionary disqualification

Defences

usually turn on the particular facts e.g. reversing to drive around an obstacle or to connect your vehicle to another

Guide to Motorways: Reversing on a Motorway

The Offence

It is an offence to drive a vehicle in reverse at any point on a motorway

This applies equally to driving on the:

  1. main carriageway;
  2. hard shoulder; or
  3. a slip road. 

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for offences relating to driving in reverse on a motorway?

No, there is not a requirement for an NIP for offences relating to driving in reverse on a motorway.

Punishment

Fine up to £2,500 and 3 points or discretionary disqualification from driving.

Defences

Any Defence in this area usually turns on the particular facts and interpretation of the law.  There are certain exceptions for moving a vehicle backwards in order for it then to be able to move forwards again, eg reversing so that you can drive around an obstacle on the motorway or moving backwards in order that your vehicle can be connected to another.  Do not just accept it if it is alleged that you have driven backwards on a motorway illegally as there may be an exception to the rules which applies to your situation.  If you face an allegation of a motorway related offence, we advise you contact us to take specialist legal advice.

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