What Is a Statutory Provision?

Statutory provisions expand on the subject matter of the statute, or law, to provide more information about who the law applies to, when it applies and what the penalties are for violating it. Some statutes direct a citizen on how to act while other statutes forbid citizens from committing certain acts.

An example of a directive statute is that a teenager must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid drivers license in order to drive a vehicle. A statutory provision would let the teenager know when the law applies and what the penalty is for violating the law. For example, the law provides exceptions for drivers at 15 years of age, provided the individual has a licensed driver accompanying him or her. Fines for breaking the law can vary, and the loss of a driver’s license could be in store for repeat offenders.