Bristol activist jailed for two years for targeting police cars with tyre spikes – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2015 in appeals, criminal damage, news, nuisance, police, road traffic, sentencing by sally

‘An environmental activist has been jailed for two years for putting the lives of police officers in danger by targeting patrol cars with homemade tyre-deflation spikes to “give them a taste of their own medicine”.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2015

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Jackson (Appellant) v Murray and another (Respondents) (Scotland) – Supreme Court

Jackson (Appellant) v Murray and another (Respondents) (Scotland) [2015] UKSC 5 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 18th February 2015

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Driverless cars legal review – only one step on the journey – Technology Law Update

Posted February 12th, 2015 in codes of practice, consultations, news, reports, road safety, road traffic by sally

‘The UK government has reported on its major review of the legal framework for the next stage for driverless cars. In The Pathway to Driverless Cars the Department for Transport sets out government thinking on what needs to change to support testing soon to be rolled out on British roads, and to pave the way for increasing autonomy into the future.’

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Technology Law Update, 11th February 2015

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New code to govern driverless car testing in the UK – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 12th, 2015 in codes of practice, computer programs, news, reports, road safety, road traffic by sally

”Driverless’ cars being tested on public roads in the UK will need to be fitted with data recorders, the government has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th February 2015

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Relatives of road death victims get ‘poor’ service from prosecutors – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 4th, 2015 in accidents, dangerous driving, news, road traffic, road traffic offences, victims by sally

‘Report calls for wide range of improvements to the way the Crown Prosecution Service handles the prosecution of offenders who cause death on the roads.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th February 2015

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Rejection of visit visa to attend funeral: analysis – Free Movement

‘In the news today we can see that an Entry Clearance Officer has rejected an application for a visit visa for two grandparents who wish to travel to the UK to attend the funeral of their 5 year old grandchild, tragically killed in a car accident before Christmas. The family is devastated, obviously. The issue was raised at Prime Minister’s Questions by the local MP and a review was promised. The Immigration Minister, James Broken-shire, has very swiftly conducted the review and the refusal has been maintained. He says his decision has been taken “on the full facts of the case”.’

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Free Movement, 20th January 2015

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Driverless cars – the top 10 legal issues – Technology Law Update

Posted December 9th, 2014 in data protection, insurance, news, road safety, road traffic, road traffic offences by sally

‘The UK government’s announcement last week of the results of its competition for driverless car testing is an exciting development. We expect an announcement of the results of a review of the regulatory regime to follow shortly. As we wait for these results, we identify the top ten areas where we think the law will need to be updated to allow this important technology to move forward.’

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Technology Law Update, 8th December 2014

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New ‘watchdog’ and ‘monitor’ will hold reformed Highways Agency to account, says UK government – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 30th, 2014 in bills, enforcement, fines, government departments, news, road traffic by sally

‘New bodies which will monitor the performance of the strategic road network and champion the needs of its users will be created as part of plans to hold a reconstituted Highways Agency to account, the UK government has announced.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th October 2014

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Information Commissioner publishes new code of practice for CCTV, number plate recognition and other surveillance systems – Technology Law Update

‘The Information Commissioner’s (ICO) new code of practice for surveillance cameras and personal information updates the previous 2008 CCTV code. It takes account of developments such as digital recording technology, portable technology, “drone” cameras and automatic number plate recognition systems, as well as “body worn” cameras used by organisations like the police. The code sets out the ICO’s guidance on how organisations should comply with data protection law when considering or using such technologies.’

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Technology Law Update, 23rd October 2014

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Court enforces German law on military wife’s damages – Law Society’s Gazette

‘An English claimant injured in a crash in Germany has failed in a bid to have her compensation case heard in England and Wales.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2014

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Drivers ‘not adequately warned’ over end of tax discs – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 27th, 2014 in Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency, news, road traffic, taxation by sally

‘Thousands of drivers are at risk of fines because they have had insufficient warning about the abolition of tax discs by the Government, motoring experts said last night.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th August 2014

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The 13 obscure UK laws you didn’t know you were breaking – The Independent

‘Forget the urban myths about dying in Westminster or eating mince pies on Christmas Day: these are real rules you could be breaking without even realising it’

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The Independent, 26th August 2014

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Judge’s despair as costs hit £16,000 in dispute over £15 – Litigation Futures

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in costs, news, personal injuries, proportionality, road traffic, solicitors by tracey

‘A district judge has been driven to despair as solicitors cranked up over £16,000 in costs in a dispute over an outstanding amount of only £15.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st May 2014

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Director of Public Prosecutions v Issler and others – WLR Daily

Posted April 15th, 2014 in emergency services, law reports, road traffic by tracey

Director of Public Prosecutions v Issler and others: [2014] EWHC 669 (Admin);   [2014] WLR (D)  164

‘For the purposes of the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 a vehicle used for “ambulance purposes” had to be capable of conveying sick, injured or disabled persons and do so with such frequency that that core activity might fairly and properly be designated as its primary use.’

WLR Daily, 12th March 2014

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Suffolk Christmas Eve horse crash death owner jailed – BBC News

Posted March 14th, 2014 in horses, news, road traffic, sentencing by tracey

‘A man whose horses wandered on to a main road on Christmas Eve, causing the death of a driver when four vehicles ploughed into them, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 14th March 2014

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Dispute over traffic orders and equality duty set for Court of Appeal – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 17th, 2014 in appeals, equality, local government, news, road traffic by sally

‘A county council this week won a High Court battle over its decision to end blue-badge access to part of a town centre, but the case looks certain to end up in the Court of Appeal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th February 2014

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Fact or Friction – Horner v Norman – Zenith Chambers

Posted February 14th, 2014 in accidents, evidence, expert witnesses, negligence, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘It can be difficult at the best of times to establish liability in claims involving pedestrians. Expert evidence should, hopefully, make the task easier, but this case is a useful reminder that even seemingly robust expert evidence may not be enough for a party to succeed.’

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Zenith Chambers, 5th February 2014

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MoJ presses ahead with plan to introduce RTA medical panels this year – Litigation Futures

Posted January 17th, 2014 in doctors, expert witnesses, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘The new independent medical panels to assess whiplash injuries are on course for implementation this year after the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) began putting together a working group to take them forward.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th January 2014

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Coles and others v Hetherton and others – WLR Daily

Posted January 8th, 2014 in damages, economic loss, insurance, law reports, negligence, repairs, road traffic by sally

Coles and others v Hetherton and others [2013] EWCA Civ 1704; [2013] WLR (D) 508

‘Where a vehicle was damaged as a result of negligence and was reasonably repaired, the measure of the claimant’s loss was the diminution in value of the vehicle, usually taken as represented by the reasonable cost of repair. If the claimant’s insurer arranged repair, the reasonableness of the repair charge was to be judged by reference to what a person in the position of the claimant (rather than the insurer) could obtain on the open market and the insurer’s repair costs were recoverable from the tortfeasor up to that amount, together with the reasonable cost of a courtesy car.’

WLR Daily, 20th December 2013

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Car insurance too high, says Competition Commission – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2013 in competition, consumer protection, insurance, news, road traffic by sally

‘Car insurance premiums are too high and should be reduced through far-reaching reforms, the competition watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2013

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