Proposed sentencing guidelines for aggravated vehicle taking and motoring offences unveiled – Solicitors Journal

Posted February 23rd, 2024 in consultations, dangerous driving, news, road traffic offences, sentencing, theft by michael

‘The independent Sentencing Council has published proposed sentencing guidelines for individuals convicted of motoring offences committed while driving vehicles without the owner’s consent.’

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Solicitors Journal, 21st February 2024

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Harry Dunn’s family says UK still allowing Americans to escape justice as US soldier flees after crash – The Independent

‘Harry Dunn’s family have warned that something has gone “very badly wrong” for another US citizen to have been able to evade justice in the UK after alleged involvement in a car crash.’

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The Independent, 14th December 2023

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Drivers face being fined ‘unfairly’ for using yellow box junctions – report – The Independent

Posted May 3rd, 2023 in enforcement, fines, local government, news, police, road traffic offences, roads by tracey

‘Drivers risk unfair fines for using most yellow box junctions which councils want enforcement powers over, according to a new report. Problems with the boxes include poor visibility and being too large, research commissioned by the RAC found.’

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The Independent, 3rd May 2023

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Speeding driver jailed over biker chase death in Birmingham – BBC News

Posted March 16th, 2023 in homicide, news, road traffic offences, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who chased and hit a motorcyclist in her car, leaving him fatally injured, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2023

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Boy, 14, sentenced for causing death after crashing into woman with e-scooter – The Guardian

‘A 14-year-old boy has been sentenced for causing the death of a woman after colliding with her while riding a private e-scooter on the pavement.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2023

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Caerphilly man, 96, warned about sight jailed for killing pedestrian – BBC News

‘A 96-year-old driver who killed an 84-year-old pedestrian after being warned he should not drive by an optician has been jailed for more than two years.’

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BBC News, 28th January 2023

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Noise cameras to be trialled in England to tackle ‘boy racers’ – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2022 in evidence, news, noise, road traffic offences, video recordings by sally

‘Noise-detecting traffic cameras will be trialled in four areas in England in an attempt to crack down on “boy racers” who rev engines and use illegal exhausts, the Department for Transport has announced.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2022

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E-scooter rider banned from roads for drink-driving in York – BBC News

Posted October 11th, 2022 in drunk in charge, fines, guilty pleas, motorcycles, news, road traffic offences by tracey

‘A man has been banned from driving after admitting riding an e-scooter while over the legal alcohol limit.’

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BBC News, 10th October 2022

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Drivers could be fined £1,000 for letting ambulance pass – how to avoid it – The Independent

Posted October 4th, 2022 in emergency services, fines, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Drivers are being warned they face a £1,000 fine if they break the Highway Code when allowing an ambulance to pass them on the road.’

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The Independent, 4th 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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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2022 c. 28 – Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022

2022 c. 27 – Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Act 2022

2022 c. 26 – Glue Traps (Offences) Act 2022

2022 c. 22 – Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022

2022 c. 20 – Professional Qualifications Act 2022

2022 c. 17 – Local Government (Disqualification) Act 2022

2022 c. 36 – Nationality and Borders Act 2022

2022 c. 34 – British Sign Language Act 2022

2022 c. 32 – Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

2022 c. 29 – Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022

2022 c. 24 – Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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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Driver caught distracted behind wheel nine times in four years – The Independent

‘A driver was caught distracted behind the wheel nine times in the last four years, an investigation has found. The unidentified person was one of 932 British drivers convicted of the offence more than once in the same time period, according to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) figures obtained by the PA news agency.’

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The Independent, 3rd January 2022

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Katie Price drink-driving crash: Star given suspended jail term – BBC News

‘A judge told TV personality Katie Price she was lucky to avoid prison at her sentencing for a drink-driving crash.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2021

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Driver who blamed ‘imaginary friend’ for M25 van crash is jailed – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2021 in criminal damage, drug abuse, news, road traffic offences, sentencing by tracey

‘A stoned father who blamed “imaginary friend” for crashing his van on motorway after being banned from driving has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 19th October 2021

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Procedural fairness: ECO must put suspicions of dishonesty to applicant before refusal says Court of Appeal – EIN Blog

Posted April 8th, 2021 in guilty pleas, immigration, judicial review, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Following the approach in Balajigari v SSHD [2019] EWCA Civ 673 (discussed here), the Court of Appeal has held that it is arguable that procedural fairness required the entry clearance officer (ECO) to put suspicions of dishonesty to the entry clearance applicant, one Mr Wahid an advocate of the High Court of Sindh, and that UTJ Frances got it badly wrong by thinking that permission should be refused. In 2009, then 21 years old, Mr Wahid was convicted on his guilty plea entered at the first opportunity to a driving offence. He had permitted a friend to drive his car without a licence or insurance. He received a short driving ban and a fine and penalty, both of which were duly paid. He completed his LLB that year and then made an in-time application for further leave to remain as a student. He studied and completed his LLM in March 2011. He was then granted further leave as a student and was then granted a Tier 1 (PSW) migrant until 4 January 2014. While he was travelling from London to Pakistan in July 2012, security officers at Heathrow Airport found a blunt Spanish butterfly knife on a keychain in his bags which was a prohibited item. Security staff apologised when explaining to Mr Wahid that the police needed to be called as a matter of protocol. He was taken to a police station and interviewed. He was not charged. He said that he was informed that no further action would be taken.’

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EIN Blog, 7th April 2021

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High Court dismisses Harry Dunn challenge – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (on the application of Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs & Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police [2020] EWHC 3185 (Admin). At a “rolled up” hearing on both permission and substantive merits, a challenge was considered by the High Court to the decision of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (“FCO”) that Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a member of the US Government’s Technical and Administrative staff stationed at RAF Croughton, was entitled to diplomatic immunity from prosecution. The challenge to this decision was dismissed on all grounds. However, permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal has been granted.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th December 2020

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Court of Appeal says car cruising was “classic case for the grant of an injunction” – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal over whether a car-cruising injunction was properly granted, given what was said to be the alternative remedy available to Birmingham City Council of itself making a public spaces protection order (PSPO).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th November 2020

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Newport driver jailed for 10 years for ramming scooter rider – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2020 in news, road traffic offences, sentencing, wounding by sally

‘A driver has been jailed for 10 years for ramming into a scooter rider who accidentally cracked his wing mirror.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2020

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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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