March 12 2004.

The Government has announced that the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving will increase from 10 to 14 years. The increase comes into effect through the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

In detail, the provision in section 285 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 increases the maximum penalties for causing death by dangerous driving (from a max of 10 - 14 years), causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs (from 10 - 14 years), aggravated vehicle taking where, owing to the driving of the vehicle, a death results (from 5 - 14 years).

A review of offences for bad driving is also currently underway, which will look at making proposals for changes to the law on serious driving offences, particularly where death or injury results.

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 can be found at