wrongful entrustment

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Definition - What does wrongful entrustment mean?

Wrongful Entrustment is a legal charge for permitting another person to operate a motor vehicle when it is considered by the court to be unlawful to do so. The charge may be made where the person is a blood relative of the driver, or where the person is the owner of the vehicle being operated.

SureHire explains wrongful entrustment

The law specifies that wrongful entrustment applies where a driver of a vehicle does not have a valid driver's license, commercial driver's license or driver's permit, or if non-residential driving privileges have not been granted. In addition, if a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, has no motor insurance in place or has had their driver's license suspended or cancelled, charges are applicable to the person allowing the driver to operate the vehicle. The charge does not apply to car rental companies.

A person found guilty of wrongful entrustment for the first time may face a large fine, jail term, community service, forfeiture of the vehicle or vehicle immobilization.

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