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

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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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

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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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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Cost-cutting council ‘contributed to death of student’ by switching off street lights – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 25th, 2013 in budgets, inquests, local government, news, road traffic by tracey

‘A coroner has said a council switching off street lights as a cost-cutting measure contributed to the death of a student. The verdict came following an inquest into the death of 18-year-old Warwick University student Archie Wellbelove, who died after he was hit by a taxi on the A452 near Leamington in the early hours of December 7 2012.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2013

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High Court sends clear message to judges on granting relief from sanctions – Litigation Futures

Posted November 25th, 2013 in negligence, news, personal injuries, road traffic, striking out by tracey

‘A High Court judges has sent a strong message to county courts about dealing with applications for relief from sanctions in a case where “a wholesale and flagrant disregard” of directions occurred.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th November 2013

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‘Cash for crash’ fraud – sentencing in the criminal courts by Bronia Hartley – Zenith Chambers

Posted October 30th, 2013 in accidents, appeals, conspiracy, consultations, fraud, insurance, news, road traffic, sentencing by sally

“The Court of Appeal in the recent case of McKenzie [2013] EWCA Crim 1544 dismissed the Defendant’s appeal against the sentence of 15 months’ imprisonment imposed by the Crown Court following his conviction after trial for a fraud committed in the context of false insurance claims in the form of ‘cash for crash’ incidents.”

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Zenith Chambers, 25th October 2013

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Regina (Attfield) v Barnet London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted July 29th, 2013 in fees, judicial review, local government, news, parking, road traffic by sally

Regina (Attfield) v Barnet London Borough Council [2013] EWHC 2089 (Admin); [2013] WLR (D) 303

A local authority was not entitled to exercise its powers under section 45 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purposes of raising surplus revenue to defray other road expenditure and reduce the need to raise income from other sources, such as fines, charges and council tax.

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Drug-driving proposals unveiled by government – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2013 in dangerous driving, drug offences, news, road traffic by sally

“Plans to make it easier to prosecute people who drive under the influence of illegal drugs in England and Wales have been unveiled by the government.”

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BBC News, 9th July 2013

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Grey v Swansea City and County Council – WLR Daily

Posted July 2nd, 2013 in contracts, law reports, licensing, local government, road traffic by sally

Grey v Swansea City and County Council [2013] WLR (D) 260

“A public service vehicle could be ‘used on a road for carrying passengers for hire or reward’, within the terms of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981, even if it were not actually in motion on the road, and so failure to display the operator’s disc, which section 18 of the Act required to be fixed to and exhibited on the vehicle, on such a stationary vehicle could constitute a breach of statutory duty.”

WLR Daily, 27th June 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Cusack v Harrow London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Cusack v Harrow London Borough Council [2013] UKSC 40; [2013] WLR (D) 250

“A highway authority had power under section 80 of the Highways Act 1980 to erect barriers so as to prevent vehicular access to a frontager’s forecourt, without paying compensation, in order to safeguard users of the highway and the fact that section 66(2) of the same Act conferred an alternative power to achieve the same object, which was subject to compensation, was immaterial.”

WLR Daily, 19th June 2013

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A1P1 and property rights in the Supreme Court again – UK Human Rights Blog

“This is the tale of how a solicitor from Harrow ended up litigating about his off-street parking in the Supreme Court – and reached for Article 1 of Protocol 1 (A1P1) of ECHR, by way of a second string to his bow. Not his choice, as he had won in the Court of Appeal on other grounds. But his failure on the point reminds us that in the majority of cases A1P1 is a difficult argument to bring home.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th June 2013

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