Policy for Prosecuting Road Traffic offences

10 December 2020
Policy papers

The purpose of the policy is to explain the approach of the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) in taking prosecutorial decisions in respect of road traffic offences; that is, offences which can arise from the manner in which a motor vehicle is driven.

The document also provides guidance in relation to a range of road traffic offences, including the applicable legislation and the evidence needed to prove the offence. Given the relatively large number of road traffic offences in statute, it is not possible to provide a comprehensive overview, and therefore the guidance focuses on the more serious offences commonly dealt with by the PPS.