Why do some people fear change to e-scooter laws? – BBC News

Posted February 6th, 2020 in consultations, motorcycles, news, road safety, road traffic by sally

‘The government is to hold a consultation on the use of e-scooters, currently banned on public roads, pavements and cycle lanes. Campaigners have called for tighter regulations, but would people welcome a law change?’

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BBC News, 6th February 2020

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Uber driver banned after passengers hold ladder out of window – BBC News

‘An Uber driver caught on camera carrying passengers holding a ladder out of the window of his car has had his licence suspended.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2020

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Connor Marsden jailed over Melissa Tate hit-and-run death – BBC News

‘An unlicensed driver who killed a 10-year-old girl in a hit-and-run has been jailed for seven years and four months.’

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BBC News, 12th December 2019

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Birmingham lorry driver Robert Bradbury jailed for killing doctor – BBC News

‘A lorry driver who killed a doctor because his cluttered dashboard obstructed his view has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2019

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Speeding motorcyclist who killed pedestrian spared jail because he was being tailgated – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2019 in accidents, bereavement, dangerous driving, news, road safety, road traffic by tracey

‘A motorcyclist who killed a pedestrian while speeding escaped jail after a judge accepted that a tailgating motorist meant he could not slow down.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2019

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Sophie Brimble: Man jailed for killing woman in race crash – BBC News

‘A driver who caused the “needless” death of a woman in an 80mph crash has been jailed for eight years.’

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BBC News, 18th November 2019

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Mobile phone loophole for filming drivers ‘to be closed’ – BBC News

Posted November 1st, 2019 in fines, internet, news, road safety, telecommunications, video recordings by sally

‘The government plans to close a legal loophole that has allowed drivers who use mobile phones to film or take photographs to escape prosecution.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2019

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Doublethink in the High Court: using a mobile phone whilst driving does not necessarily mean “using” it – Park Square Barristers

‘On 31st July 2019 Lady Justice Thirlwall DBE and Mr Justice Goss handed down the judgment of the High Court on what amounts to “using a hand-held mobile telephone or other hand-held interactive communication device” whilst driving in DPP v Barreto [2019] EWHC 2044 (Admin).’

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Park Square Barristers, 12th August 2019

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When is a Highway “Maintainable at Public Expense”? – Zenith PI Blog

‘The claimant brought an action against the defendant for personal injury following a tripping incident on a path in Abram Park, Wigan. At trial the judge found that the path was in a dangerous and defective state but also found that the path was not a highway “maintainable at public expense” for the purposes of section 36 of the Highways Act 1980 and as such the defendant did not owe a duty under section 41 of the Act.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 28th June 2019

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Legal Update: Section 73 Applications – No. 5 Chambers

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in energy, news, planning, road safety by sally

‘The planning permission is secured, the conditions are in place, now all that’s left is to commence development, right? Not necessarily. As planners you’ll be keenly aware that the road to development is not always smooth. Unexpected events occur, problems arise, and sometimes once permission has been obtained people are unable to comply with conditions or have a change of heart. Luckily, there are options available which do not necessarily mean going back to the drawing board.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 2oth June 2019

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Bike gang sentenced for Birmingham and Solihull rampage – BBC News

‘Nearly 30 men have been sentenced for their part in a bike gang’s five-hour rampage through Birmingham.’

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BBC News, 18th March 2019

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Carol Boardman death driver jailed for 30 weeks – The Guardian

‘A driver who fatally ran over the mother of the Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman has been jailed for 30 weeks.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2019

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Coventry supermarket death crash bus company fined £2.3m – BBC News

‘A bus company that ignored warnings about a driver who crashed into a supermarket, killing two people, has been fined £2.3m.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2018

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Dangerous driving, joint criminal enterprise and ex turpi causa defence: is mens rea made out? – Zenith PI

‘In the case of Kelly Wallett (on her own behalf and on behalf of the dependants of Ian Hill (Deceased)) v Vickers [2018] EWHC 3088 (QB) the High Court considered (heard on 14.11.2018) issues of joint criminal enterprise in the context of the ex turpi causadefence.’

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Zenith PI, 26th November 2018

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Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission are launching the first of a series of public consultations about crucial legal reforms which will ensure the country is prepared for the introduction of automated vehicles.’

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Law Commission, 8th November 2018

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Ford, Fiat and Nissan ads banned for dangerous driving – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, dangerous driving, news, ombudsmen, road safety by tracey

‘Three different carmakers have had ads banned for encouraging unsafe driving.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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