Three police forces will test eyesight of all drivers stopped – BBC News

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in health, news, police, road safety, road traffic by sally

‘Drivers who fail to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away when stopped by police will have their licences revoked immediately in a new crackdown.’

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BBC News, 3rd September 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Council defeats Court of Appeal challenge over road accident and vegetation – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 10th, 2018 in appeals, duty of care, local government, news, road safety, roads by sally

‘Appeal judges have refused to create a duty of care with “potentially serious and costly consequences for very little practical gain” in a case over whether overgrown vegetation contributed to a road accident.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Self-driving cars and “safety-critical” software updates – Technology Law Blog

‘As noted previously, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill currently under consideration by Parliament includes draft rules concerning the insurance of “automated” vehicles – being vehicles “designed or adapted to be capable, in at least some circumstances or situations, of safely driving themselves”. Tesla, Volvo, and BMW amongst others have already developed vehicles with limited self-driving capabilities, although fully autonomous vehicles (i.e. those actually capable of driving themselves) are still in the testing phase.’

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Technology Law Blog, 30th October 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Holly Clegg discusses The Court of Appeal on Potholes – Park Square Barristers

Posted July 5th, 2017 in appeals, negligence, news, road safety, roads by sally

‘Holly Clegg considers the recent case of Lee Crawley v Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Councils must have an adequate system in place for repairing defects in the highway over the weekend.’

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Park Square Barristers, 14th June 2017

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk

Police and courts fail cyclists over road safety, says cross-party inquiry – The Guardian

‘Policing and the justice system are too often failing cyclists, making the roads too dangerous for people to ride on them, and then not properly prosecuting or banning motorists who commit offences, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has warned.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regulators should recognise that drivers cannot be expected to stay in-the-loop in highly autonomous vehicles – Technology Law Update

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in computer programs, consultations, insurance, news, road safety, road traffic by sally

‘The UK Government’s response to last year’s consultation on driverless cars concluded that the current approach of rolling regulatory reform was the right one, giving the flexibility to adapt to technological change and enabling innovation in a step-by-step way. The focus should be on technologies that are near to market, working to facilitate their safe introduction to UK roads.’

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Technology Law Update, 22nd February 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Councils should be forced to fix potholes immediately, Court of Appeal rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 3rd, 2017 in local government, news, repairs, road safety, roads by sally

‘Councils should be forced to fix serious potholes immediately the Court of Appeal has ruled, after judges found in favour of a jogger who hurt his ankle.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd February 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The Child in the Road Part 2 – Zenith PI Blog

‘Six months ago I discussed at some length the issues arising from the decision of the Supreme Court in Jackson v Murray [2015] PIQR P249. More recently in Sabir v Osei-Kwabena [2016] PIQR Q56, the problem cropped up again, this time in the Court of Appeal.’

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Zenith PI, 7th March 2016

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

London safer lorry scheme in force after cyclist deaths – BBC News

Posted September 1st, 2015 in fines, London, news, road safety, road traffic by sally

‘A ban on “unsafe lorries” in London, introduced as part of efforts to protect cyclists, has come into force.’

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BBC News, 1st September 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The Law of the Road – BBC Unreliable Evidence

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in accidents, news, road safety, road traffic offences by sally

‘Clive Anderson and a panel of legal experts discuss how changes to our traffic laws could reduce the numbers of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians killed or injured on the road?’

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BBC Unreliable Evidence, 27th May 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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

Source: www.out-law.com

DVLA suffers High Court defeat for revoking elderly woman’s licence based on ‘age alone’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A 78-year-old woman who caused a three car pile-up has won the right to drive again, as judge rules that medical checks as well as on-road appraisals are necessary.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th January 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Government gives green light to level crossing reform – Law Commission

Posted November 6th, 2014 in health & safety, Law Commission, news, railways, road safety, roads by sally

‘The Government has accepted the majority of the reforms to level crossing law recommended by the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission, and has committed to review the remainder.’

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Law Commission, 5th November 2014

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

Bite Size RTA Case Law Update – Zenith Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2014 in accidents, duty of care, negligence, news, road safety, road traffic offences by sally

‘Road traffic accidents are notoriously fact specific, but looking at those cases which go to trial can be helpful in terms of understanding what judges think is important. Here I look at three very different recent cases. In Jade Christian v. South East London & Kent Bus Co.the court reiterated that appellate courts have to exercise the greatest restraint before overturning findings of fact made at first instance. In Gray v. Botwright the Court of Appeal went against the general principle that drivers are entitled to assume that no traffic will be crossing against a red light. In Gupta v. Armstrong & Anor a coach driver who was carefully executing a manoeuvre and failed to see a pedestrian who was trying to flag him down to board was not found to have been negligent to any degree.’

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Zenith Chambers, 22nd July 2014

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Sheppey crossing crash drivers offered alertness course – BBC News

Posted January 20th, 2014 in accidents, news, prosecutions, road safety, road traffic offences by sally

‘Drivers who would have been prosecuted over the Sheppey crossing crash that injured more than 200 people are being offered a course instead, police said.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Emma Way: Driver in #bloodycyclists Twitter storm convicted after knocking cyclist off bike – The Independent

“A 22-year-old woman who posted about ‘bloody cyclists’ on Twitter hours after knocking a cyclist off his bike has been convicted of failing to stop and failing to report an accident, but cleared of driving without due care and attention at Norfolk Magistrates Court today.”

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The Independent, 19th November 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Thousands of dangerous drink-drivers are reoffenders – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2013 in drunk in charge, news, police, recidivists, road safety, statistics by sally

“As new figures show the number of people killed in drink-driving crashes rose by 17%, the BBC has discovered that thousands of drink-drivers are repeat offenders.”

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BBC News, 27th September 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

JR reaction: “a dark day” for accident victims, says APIL – Litigation Futures

Posted March 4th, 2013 in accidents, fees, judicial review, legal representation, news, road safety, victims by sally

“The High Court’s rejection of the challenge to the RTA portal fee cut represents ‘a dark day’ for accident victims, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has claimed.”

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Litigation Futures, 4th March 2013

Source: www.litigationfutures.com