Guidelines Guidance on drug driving To deal with new offences, the Sentencing Council has developed a new concept of 'guidance', which may be considered by a court before the full research for a formal guideline has been concluded. The reality is that such guidance is treated by the courts as if it were a guideline. The first guidance (launched on 17 November 2016) is in relation to offences of driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle with excess drugs. Care must be taken to check the offence being considered. If the offence is driving or being in charge ...