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Gartsides Solicitors

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Motoring Offences Fees

We are able to offer a fixed fee for summary only motoring offences under Part 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and s89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. 


Typical offences are:

  • Drink driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving without insurance

The fee will be £200+VAT when a guilty plea is anticipated. 

The fee includes: 
  • 2 hours attendance/preparation
    - considering evidence
    - taking your instructions
    - providing advice on likely sentence
    - attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court

The fee does not include:
  • instruction of any expert witnesses
  • taking statements from any witnesses
  • advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
  • advice or assistance in relation to any appeal
  • travel and waiting time which will be charged at a rate of £100+VAT per hour
  • mileage at 45p (incl VAT) per mile and any reasonable disbursements (e.g car parking)

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.


  • Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
  • We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost, of £200+VAT per hour).
  • We will explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court.
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
  • We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for [e.g. half a day].
  • We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.