Driver defence

Tougher sentences for speeding

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Tougher sentences for speeding came into effect on 24 April 2017. The highest speeds will be punished with a fine equivalent to 150% of a driver's weekly income. More …

Driving while banned

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The number of people in Britain caught driving while already banned has increased by 7.5%, according to figures obtained by the BBC. The figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency show that 14,500 people were caught driving without a licence last year. In total, 109,660 motorists were banned from driving aged between 12 and 94! More …

Tougher fines for most serious speeding offences

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Changes revealed today by the Sentencing Council will see drivers caught well above the speed limit facing fines of 150 per cent of their weekly income – up from the 100 per cent previously imposable. This will see those caught driving at 41mph in a 20mph zone - or 101mph on a motorway – liable to the increased fines. More …

Police crack down on drivers using a mobile

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Police officers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have caught almost 8,000 drivers using a mobile phone in a recent week-long crackdown. More …

Alarm at number of motorists still using a mobile phone whilst driving

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New data has shown an alarming number of motorists have been convicted of offences relating to their use of their vehicle since 2012. More …

Use of permanent average speed-cameras doubles in more than three years, research reveals

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Is it me or are average speed cameras popping up all over the place these days? More …

Amendments to the victim surcharge

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The rates of the statutory victim surcharge, paid by defendants convicted of offences in the Magistrates and Crown Courts have been increased from 1 April. More …

Motorists should carry prescriptions in the car

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A new offence of “drug driving” came into force in March this year, giving police the power to carry out saliva tests at the side of the road to test for certain prescription drugs and illegal substances that can affect driving performance. More …

Secret speed cameras: are they really the answer to slower roads?

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A motorcyclist recently discovered that a Humberside Police officer carrying out speed enforcement had disguised his presence in a tractor and a horse box! The officer was caught out along the B1253 on the North Bank. This "undercover" practice on rural roads has caused uproar locally. More …

New drug driving law: implications for employers

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The introduction of a new offence of “drug driving” will have implications for employers as well as employees, particularly where driving is an essential component of the work in question. More …