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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Extinction Rebellion trial delayed as accused glues hand to table – BBC News

Posted May 11th, 2021 in delay, demonstrations, magistrates, news, road safety by sally

‘A trial of six people over an Extinction Rebellion protest was delayed when a defendant glued himself to a table in court.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2021

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Newcastle e-scooter students banned for drink-riding – The Independent

Posted March 29th, 2021 in dangerous driving, drunk in charge, fines, news, road safety, sentencing by tracey

‘Five students have been banned from the roads after being caught riding e-scooters while over the drink-drive limit.
The men, aged between 19 and 22, were all stopped by police while misusing the hire vehicles in Newcastle. Their actions have resulted in the city’s scooters – which were only launched in February – being shut down over night to prevent similar incidents.’

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The Independent, 28th March 2021

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Highways England referred to Crown Prosecution Service over smart motorway death – The Independent

‘Highways England has been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider if corporate manslaughter charges are appropriate following a smart motorway death.’

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The Independent, 11th February 2021

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Widow leads fight over smart motorways after landmark crash inquest – The Independent

‘The widow of a motorist who died on a smart motorway is leading the fight to have them banned after a coroner concluded they pose “an ongoing risk of future deaths”.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2021

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Drivers to be banned from picking up mobile phones – BBC News

‘It will become illegal for anyone to pick up and use their mobile phone while driving, under new legislation to be enacted next year.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2020

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Legalise e-scooters in UK as alternative to short car trips, MPs say – The Guardian

‘MPs have called on the government to legalise e-scooters in the UK and advertise them to car drivers as a greener alternative for short journeys.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2020

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Lyum Roy Campbell (a protected party by his father & litigation friend Donald Campbell) v Advantage Insurance Company Ltd [2020] EWHC 2210 (QB) – Parklane Plowden Chambers

‘In this case the court considered the issues of capacity, consent and contributory negligence following a road traffic accident wherein the Claimant, Lyum Roy Campbell, suffered very severe injuries, having allowed himself to be driven by a friend who was intoxicated.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 21st August 2020

Source: www.parklaneplowden.co.uk