First-time phone-use drivers face points – BBC News

Posted November 9th, 2016 in consultations, fines, news, penalties, road traffic offences, telecommunications by sally

‘Drivers in England, Scotland and Wales caught using a mobile phone for the first time will automatically receive penalty points, under government plans.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2016

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British father spared extradition to Greek jail over minor holiday car crash 13 years ago – The Independent

‘A judge has criticised “appalling delays” by the Greek authorities while sparing a British father extradition to Greece over a minor car crash that happened 13 years ago.’

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The Independent, 1st November 2016

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Illegal mobile phone use by motorists is increasing, says RAC – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2016 in crime, news, reports, road traffic offences, telecommunications by tracey

‘Illegal mobile phone use by drivers is rising, according to new research that found 31% of motorists admitted to using a handheld phone behind the wheel compared with 8% in 2014.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2016

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Motorist banned for driving at ‘staggering’ 154mph – The Guardian

Posted August 3rd, 2016 in dangerous driving, news, road traffic offences, sentencing, speed cameras by tracey

‘A driver clocked speeding at 154mph has been banned from the roads for 56 days, Suffolk police said.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2016

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iPhone evidence ‘could be more effective than court hearing’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Resolving neighbour disputes using iPhone evidence and a video hearing might be more effective than the parties travelling several miles to court, a senior government official has said, outlining significant developments to modernise the justice system.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st July 2016

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Driver beats council in legal battle over 30-year-old unlawful ‘No Entry’ sign – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 21st, 2016 in costs, local government, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘A motorist has beaten a council in a court battle over an illegal ‘No Entry’ sign which has been catching motorists out for 30 years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st June 2016

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Drug driving: Almost 8,000 arrests in England and Wales – BBC News

Posted June 1st, 2016 in accidents, drug offences, news, police, road traffic offences, statistics by sally

‘There were almost 8,000 arrests last year for drug driving in England and Wales, figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live have suggested.’

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BBC News, 1st June 2016

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Businesswoman jailed for paying employees to take her speeding points – Daily Telegraph

‘A top businesswoman roped 10 employees into a speeding point scam after she clocked up dozens on multiple Range Rovers, a court heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th May 2016

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Man sentenced to eight years in prison for fatal 160mph crash – The Guardian

‘A motorist has been jailed for eight years after his passenger was killed when he crashed into a lorry while driving at more than 160mph.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2016

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Howe v Motor Insurers’ Bureau – WLR Daily

Howe v Motor Insurers’ Bureau [2016] EWHC 640 (QB)

‘Regulation 13(1) of the Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) (Information Centre and Compensation Body) Regulations 2003 provides: “(1) This regulation applies where— (a) an accident, caused by or arising out of the use of a vehicle which is normally based in an EEA state, occurs on the territory of— (i) an EEA state other than the United Kingdom, or (ii) a subscribing state, and an injured party resides in the United Kingdom, (b) that injured party has made a request for information under regulation 9(2), and (c) it has proved impossible— (i) to identify the vehicle the use of which is alleged to have been responsible for the accident, or (ii) within a period of two months after the date of the request, to identify an insurance undertaking which insures the use of the vehicle.”’

WLR Daily, 22nd March 2016

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Cyclist handed fine after being spotted riding bike along M25 twice – The Independent

Posted April 8th, 2016 in bicycles, fines, news, road traffic offences by tracey

‘A cyclist caught riding his bike the wrong way down the M25 in an attempt to reach Heathrow Airport “put his own life at risk,” police have said.’

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The Independent, 7th April 2016

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Police are ignoring law-breaking cyclists says traffic lawyer – The Guardian

Posted April 4th, 2016 in bicycles, fines, news, police, road traffic offences, statistics by sally

‘The police are turning a blind eye to law-breaking cyclists, traffic lawyer Nick Freeman – who calls himself Mr Loophole – has claimed after new statistics showed a sharp fall in the number of police penalties handed to cyclists.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2016

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Man jailed after running over girlfriend’s ex-husband multiple times – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in assault, grievous bodily harm, news, road traffic offences, sentencing by sally

‘Jonathan Leuty has been jailed for four years after running over his girlfriend’s ex-husband multiple times’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2016

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Driver who used Bond-style smokescreen to escape police chase avoids jail – Daily Telegraph

‘A speeding driver who deployed a James Bond-style smokescreen device in a bid to shake off police has been spared jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17 February 2016

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Ministers ponder lowering England and Wales drink-drive limit to Scottish levels – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, drunk in charge, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Ministers are considering lowering the drink-driving limit in England and Wales to the tougher level set by Scotland.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2016

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Motorcylist jailed after filming himself speeding over 150mph – The Independent

‘A motorcyclist has been jailed after filming himself speeding over 150mph.’

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The Independent, 25th January 2016

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Fines for driving while on phone fall four fold in three years – Daily Telegraph

‘Sharp drop in penalties for motorists on mobiles fuels fears police are turning a blind eye.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2016

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Motorist with 51 points escapes driving ban – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 8th, 2016 in disqualification, driving licences, news, penalties, road traffic offences by tracey

‘A motorist with 51 penalty points – more than four times the permitted maximum – on their licence is still allowed on the road, it has been revealed. The driver, based in Oxford, is one of three in the UK with more than 40 points on their licence who have not been disqualified. The information was released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) following a Freedom of Information request from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). It also shows that 3 million of the 45 million licence holders in the UK carry penalty points, of which 13 have accumulated 28 or more.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2015

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Illegal migrants in UK face jail if caught driving – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2015 in bills, forfeiture, immigration, news, road traffic offences by tracey

‘People who drive a car while they are in Britain illegally face being jailed and having their vehicle seized under powers included in the government’s latest immigration bill. Most of the measures in the legislation, published on Thursday, are designed to create “a hostile environment” for migrants who are in Britain unlawfully and have already been strongly trailed by ministers since the general election. The Commons second reading of the bill is scheduled for 13 October, shortly after the Conservative party conference.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2015

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“New law” is neither new nor law… – Park Square Barristers

Posted September 4th, 2015 in magistrates, news, prosecutions, road traffic offences by sally

‘In recent weeks Leeds Magistrates Court has found itself in the grip of a media frenzy for the dubious honour of hearing the “first ever prosecution” under the “new Law”’ for so called “middle-lane hogging”.’

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Park Square Barristers, 19th August 2015

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk