A5 Milton Keynes: Flooded road crash victim’s partner agrees pay-out – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2023 in accidents, bereavement, compensation, damages, families, inquests, news, road safety, roads by tracey

‘The partner of a woman who died in a crash after driving into standing water on a main road has agreed an £850,000 settlement with Highways England, a court heard.’

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BBC News, 12th January 2023

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Coroner urges National Highway to improve smart motorway safety – The Independent

Posted November 4th, 2022 in accidents, coroners, news, road safety, roads by tracey

‘A senior coroner has urged National Highways to take action to improve smart motorway safety. Nicola Mundy wrote to the Government-owned company to express concern that 153 vehicles passed a stranded car before a fatal collision on one of the roads without a hard shoulder.’

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The Independent, 3rd November 2022

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The four new driving laws now in force across the UK – The Independent

Posted October 13th, 2022 in news, pollution, road safety, road traffic, telecommunications by tracey

‘Motorists have been urged to be familiar with new driving laws that have been rolled out, including stricter rules against the use of mobile phones.’

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The Independent, 13th October 2022

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The four new driving laws coming into force in UK this month – The Independent

Posted September 16th, 2022 in news, road safety, road traffic, road traffic offences, roads, telecommunications by tracey

‘Motorists have been urged to be familiar with new driving laws that have been rolled out this month, including stricter rules against the use of mobile phones.’

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The Independent, 16th September 2022

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Smart motorways: Lack of hard shoulder contributed to death – coroner – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2022 in accidents, coroners, inquests, news, road safety, roads by tracey

‘The lack of a hard shoulder on a stretch of smart motorway in South Yorkshire contributed to the death of a grandmother, a coroner has ruled.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2022

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E-scooters: legalise but regulate, says consumer body – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Victims of accidents involving illegally ridden e-scooters face an unnecessarily arduous battle for compensation, according to a report calling for legalisation and regulation for the battery-powered vehicles.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th July 2022

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Law Commission starts debate on how to regulate remote driving – Law Commission

Posted June 24th, 2022 in dangerous driving, Law Commission, news, road safety, road traffic, roads by tracey

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales have today published a paper asking for views on the need and options for regulating remote driving on public roads.’

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Law Commission, 24th June 2022

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E-Scooters: The Current Framework – Part 1 – Guildhall Chambers

‘The Queen’s speech 2022 has confirmed what has been widely anticipated by the media and the legal sector – e-scooters will now become a permanent feature on public roads and new legislation is expected under the Transport Bill.’

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Guildhall Chambers, 12th May 2022

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Changes to the Law on Using a Mobile Phone While Driving – 4 King’s Bench Walk

‘In 2003 the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations created a specific offence of using a mobile phone while driving. Subsection 110(6)(a) of those Regulations states that a mobile telephone is to be treated as hand-held ‘if it is, or must be, held at some point during the course of making or receiving a call or performing any other interactive communication function’.’

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4 King's Bench Walk, 25th March 2022

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New Highway Code rules for phone usage come into force – everything you need to know – The Independent

‘Drivers could face a fine for just touching a mobile phone while behind the wheel – and the same goes for passengers in certain circumstances under tough new rules.’

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The Independent, 29th March 2022

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Mobile loophole for gaming drivers is closed – BBC News

‘A loophole allowing drivers to escape punishment for handheld phone use if they are taking a photo or playing a game has closed in Great Britain.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2022

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E-scooter speed restriction hacks ‘should be illegal’ – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2022 in news, road safety by sally

‘Privately-owned e-scooters are illegal to use on public highways, but are widely sold online and in shops. Most are restricted to 15.5mph.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2022

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Failure to remove’ claims: some further developments – Local Government Lawyer

‘Paul Stagg analyses the latest rulings of relevance to “failure to remove” claims.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th February 2022

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Duties of care, highways authorities and occupiers of land adjoining the highway – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 7th, 2022 in accidents, appeals, duty of care, local government, news, road safety, roads, trespass by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal recently considered whether claims under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984 against occupiers of land adjoining a highway, and against the relevant highway authority, arising from a tragic road traffic accident were reasonable causes of action or had a real prospect of success. James Marwick, Matthew White and Julian Horne analyse the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th February 2022

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Tougher rules from March for drivers using mobile phones – The Independent

Posted February 2nd, 2022 in dangerous driving, fines, news, road safety, telecommunications by sally

‘Drivers will face tougher rules from March when it comes to the use of mobile phones and other devices behind the wheel.’

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The Independent, 1st February 2022

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Legal reforms to allow safe introduction of automated vehicles announced – Law Commission

Posted January 28th, 2022 in computer programs, Law Commission, news, road safety by tracey

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission (the Law Commissions) have today (26 January 2022) published their joint report, making recommendations for the safe and responsible introduction of self-driving vehicles.’

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Law Commission, 26th January 2022

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Major legal changes needed for driverless car era – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2022 in accidents, computer programs, dangerous driving, news, road safety by sally

‘Human drivers should not be legally accountable for road safety in the era of autonomous cars, a report says.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2022

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Supreme Court to hear case on planning conditions and dedication of highways – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 11th, 2022 in appeals, local government, news, planning, road safety, roads, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has given Swindon Borough Council permission to appeal in a case about whether a planning condition can require the dedication of a highway.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th January 2022

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UK drivers face £200 fines in mobile phone clampdown – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2021 in fines, government departments, news, road safety, telecommunications by tracey

‘Drivers will be banned from scrolling through playlists on handheld devices from next year as part of a UK government crackdown on road safety.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2021

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Research Briefing: Regulating electric scooters (e-scooters) – House of Commons Library

Posted September 3rd, 2021 in motorcycles, news, parliament, regulations, road safety, road traffic, roads by tracey

‘This briefing paper provides an overview of the existing legal framework for electric scooters (e-scooters). It also analyses the arguments for and against legalising e-scooters on UK roads, drawing on the limited evidence from other countries and cities that have sanctioned their use.’

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House of Commons Library, 1st September 2021

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