The law: Road Traffic Act 1988, s.143

A number of offences can be committed which are specific to the motorway:

(1)
 Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits). 
Likely sentence or
penalty: Maximum fine up to £2,500, 3 Penalty points

(2) Driving in reverse or wrong way on slip road.
Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum
fine up to £2,500, 3 Penalty points and Discretionary disqualification

(3) Driving in reverse on motorway. Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine up to
£2,500, 3 Penalty points and a Discretionary disqualification

(4)  Driving off carriageway. Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine, up to £2,500 3
Penalty points and a Discretionary disqualification

(5)  Making g a U-turn. Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine up to £2,500, 3 Penalty
points and a Discretionary disqualification

(6) Learner driver/excluded vehicle.Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine up to
£2,500, 3 Penalty points and a Discretionary disqualification

(7) Stopping on a hard shoulder.Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine up to £2,500, 3
Penalty points

(8)  Vehicle in prohibited lane. Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine up to £2,500, 3
Penalty points and a Discretionary disqualification

(9) Walking on hard shoulder.Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine up to £2,500, 3
Penalty points

Likely sentence or penalty

These  offences  are triable  only in the Magistrates Court and  points can be imposed. The court  may disqualify under the totting up provisions if 12 or more points are accrued. The only way to avoid a ban in this situation is to persuade the court that  exceptional hardship can be established.

Our advice

It is highly recommended that you seek advice from specialist motoring or criminal defence lawyers who will either be able to help you avoid a conviction or limit the damage by securing a reduced sentence.

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