Police Christmas Drink Drive Campaigns

Police Christmas Drink drug driving ca,paigns

These are now underway across the UK and will run until after New Year. They all warn drivers to be very careful and ideally consume no alcohol at all. Take it in turns to be the nominated driver say many, and be aware of the serious consequences of being caught either drink or drug driving.

Thames Valley has been a little different and has made an appeal to the public to report drink drivers. It has provided a telephone number to make it easy to do this but also emphasises it will be increasing patrols and carrying out tests.
Sussex and Surrey Police puts its message to a well-known tune [read on]

Speeding Lady

Speding Lady

I have followed this little story (published in The Times) with some interest because it contains features that I regularly encounter when I represent clients facing a 6 month “totting” disqualification.

On 9 October 2019 Lady Tatiana Mountbatten faced the loss of her licence because she had been caught speeding 3 times in 10 days on the same road. I can just visualise the three Notices of Intended Prosecution turning up roughly together and the implications setting in. This is not as uncommon as you might think. Over the years I have represented very many drivers caught in [read on]

Hiring chauffeur a “hardship” for tycoon

















This was the headline this morning, and it made me smile.

You can read the original Telegraph article here.

During the last two weeks, I have successfully presented two “exceptional hardship” cases on behalf of clients who were not tycoons but businessmen who depended upon being able to drive to run their businesses. They required careful presentation because I know just how much these cases are scrutinised by magistrates.

The story I have just read [read on]

A man spent £30,000 of his savings on a failed legal battle "for justice" over a £100 speeding fine.

man spends £30000 to save £100 speeding fine

I read this recent BBC news story with considerable interest.

I have been asked more times than I can remember “is it worth challenging my speeding prosecution?”, and what one person may pay a lawyer and see as good value will not be the same for everyone. Mr Keedwell obviously felt ok in spending £30,000 on legal fees and costs over three years and getting absolutely nowhere. He had a clean licence and I always ask people not to lose perspective; a fixed penalty of £100 brings 3 penalty points with it and that’s all. Not only does a challenge bring [read on]

Were the proceedings started in time?

were proceedings started in time

I often get asked this. Many people have an idea that most motoring prosecutions have to be started within 6 months of the date of the offence and are puzzled when a Postal Requisition or Single Justice Procedure Notice (SJPN) arrive after 6 months. Sometimes they can arrive very late.

In most instances there is no good reason for the police to be so slow, but they can be.

Prosecutions are usually started in one of two ways. The most common is SJPN which requires the recipient to respond by pleading guilty or not guilty. No court date is fixed unless it’s a not guilty plea or the [read on]

On Yer Bike!

As a recent 60 year old I decided I needed a challenge outside the courtroom and I'm sure over the years many an opponent has wished I'd get on my bike (lots of other people too I expect).

I have been doing just that for quite a few months and will be taking part in the Prudential London 100 on the 29 July. It's a bike ride of 100 miles from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, west into Surrey (nasty hills they have in Surrey) and then back for a finish on the Mall. It's a timed ride so no slacking is allowed.

I feel fortunate to be well enough to do it, and am using my place to raise money for [read on]

New Breath Test Devices Will Likely Convict More Motorists

New testing devices look likely to bring about some swift changes to drink drive breath samples. Drink drivers are to face swifter processing thanks to new roadside breathalyser technology that will allow police to gather on-the-spot proof.

Mobile evidential breath tests will allow police to gather early evidence of drink driving, by taking a breath sample from suspect drivers at the roadside. The instant test means they will not need to be taken back to a police station to obtain evidence as is currently the case.

It will mean those marginally over the drink drive limit will not have [read on]

Dangerous Cycling?

dangerous cycling

It often takes a tragedy to bring about a change in the law.

In February 2016 Kim Briggs was killed by a speeding cyclist as she stepped off the pavement onto a road in central London. Charlie Alliston was convicted of wanton and furious driving, contrary to Section 35 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861. It’s worth knowing what it actually says:

"Whosoever, having the charge of any carriage or vehicle, shall by wanton or furious driving or racing, or other wilful misconduct, or by wilful neglect, do or cause to be done any bodily harm to any person whatsoever, shall be [read on]

Driving licence changes: Motorists reminded paper licence not needed from June

Motorists are being reminded that if they are planning to hire a car abroad this summer they'll need to plan ahread.

From the 8 June the paper part of their driving licences is no longer be needed. Motorists will now have to log onto the DVLA web site to check their driving record as paper licences are to be abolished. The paper part will have no validity after that date and motorists at free to destroy them .

The only exception are older style paper driving licences issued before 1998, but most drivers will be affected by the change as they possess a plastic card licence as well [read on]

Driving Licence Changes

The paperless driving licence is here (almost)

Paperless driving licenceThe paper tax disc has now gone, and January 2015 will see the demise of the paper counterpart driving licence. From January 2015, DVLA will no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.

What does it mean?

In purely practical terms very little because no one needs to actually do anything apart from keeping hold of the photocard part. There will be a number of drivers who do not possess a photocard licence and so they will simply retain the old style paper one. 

Whatever driving entitlements you have to drive will remain recorded at DVLA, along with details of penalty points and endorsements. Those have until now been recorded on the paper part but from January 2015 you will be able to check your record online, or by post and telephone.

The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.

Anyone who does not think they will need the paper licence after the change can dispose of it, but you shouldn’t do that before 1 January 2015.

Organisations and businesses that check the driving licence counterpart

As well as being able to check your own record, DVLA is developing a new digital enquiry service for launch later this year that will allow organisations and businesses to view information they can currently see on the driving licence counterpart.

This will likely apply to employers, car hire companies and insurers. The insurance industry sees it as an important part of the drive to reduce fraud making it more difficult for those buying insurance to hide their records. DVLA will release such information to those that show a right to see it and with the consent of the licence holder.