Aggravated Vehicle-Taking Act 1992

The Aggravated Vehicle-Taking Act 1992 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It amends the Theft Act 1968 by creating the specific offence of aggravated vehicle-taking, which combines the taking of a vehicle without the owner's consent with driving it dangerously, causing injury, or causing damage to the vehicle or other property. It carries a mandatory disqualification from driving.

Aggravated Vehicle-Taking Act 1992[1]
Long titleAn Act to make provision with respect to persons who commit offences under section 12(1) of the Theft Act 1968 in relation to a mechanically propelled vehicle where additional circumstances are present relating to the driving of or damage to the vehicle.
Citation1992 c. 11
Introduced byKenneth Baker
Territorial extentEngland and Wales
Royal assent6 March 1992
Commencement1 April 1992[2]
Other legislation
Relates toTheft Act 1968, Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Act was brought in to tackle the problem of joyriding, which was at the time a widespread problem in the UK.[3] It was subject to a fast-track passage through Parliament.[4]


  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 4(1) of this Act.
  2. ^ The Aggravated Vehicle-Taking Act 1992 (Commencement) Order 1992
  3. ^ "Second Reading: Aggravated Vehicle-Taking Bill". Hansard. 9 December 1991. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Appendix 5: List of Bills subject to a fast-track passage since 1974". Parliament of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 30 September 2014.