Pop-up courts for speeding fine cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 27th, 2014 in courts, criminal justice, fines, magistrates, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Ministers are considering introducing “pop up” courts for people who challenge speeding fines to be held in their own communities.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Minibus driver jailed for five years for cyclist’s death – BBC News

Posted August 29th, 2014 in dangerous driving, homicide, news, road traffic offences, sentencing by tracey

‘A minibus driver has been jailed for five years for killing a cyclist, whom he hit while looking at photographs on his mobile phone.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2014

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The 13 obscure UK laws you didn’t know you were breaking – The Independent

‘Forget the urban myths about dying in Westminster or eating mince pies on Christmas Day: these are real rules you could be breaking without even realising it’

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The Independent, 26th August 2014

Source: www.independent.co.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

How many people will get £10,000 fines for speeding? – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2014 in fines, news, road traffic offences, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘The maximum financial penalty that magistrates courts can impose has been increased fourfold, although the data shows that only a few will have to pay much more.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2014

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Magistrate court fines ‘may rise 300%’ under new plans – BBC News

Posted June 10th, 2014 in fines, magistrates, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Maximum fines imposed by magistrates are set to rise dramatically under new proposals for England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police photograph motorists capturing images of crash scene on their mobiles – The Independent

Posted May 19th, 2014 in accidents, news, photography, prosecutions, road traffic offences by sally

‘Motorists who use their mobile phones to take photographs of crash scenes while driving could face prosecution, police have said.’

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The Independent, 18th May 2014

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Ex-minister Chris Huhne ordered to pay £77,750 in legal costs – BBC News

‘Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne has been ordered to pay £77,750 in legal costs relating to his prosecution for passing speeding points to his ex-wife.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2014

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Tougher sentences for banned drivers who cause deaths – BBC News

‘Tougher sentences for banned drivers who cause death on the roads and a new offence of causing serious injury while disqualified are to be introduced.’

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BBC News, 6th May 2014

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Cox (Appellant) v Ergo Versicherung AG (formerly known as Victoria) (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Cox (Appellant) v Ergo Versicherung AG (formerly known as Victoria) (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 22 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 2nd April 2014

Source: www.youtube.com/user/UKSupremeCourt

Drug driving limits announced – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 28th, 2014 in drug abuse, drug offences, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Legal limits to prevent drug driving have been set out for the first time by ministers in new laws which will come into force this autumn’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Constance Briscoe faces retrial over alleged lying in Chris Huhne case – The Guardian

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in news, perverting the course of justice, retrials, road traffic offences by tracey

‘Jury fails to reach verdict after three-week trial of part-time judge accused of perverting course of justice in speeding points case.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2014

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Castle v Crown Prosecution Service – WLR Daily

Posted January 30th, 2014 in law reports, road traffic offences, ultra vires by sally

Castle v Crown Prosecution Service [2014] WLR (D) 33

‘A traffic order permitting the imposition of variable speed limits, which had been signed by an employee of the Highways Agency acting as the alter ego of the Secretary of State, was not ultra vires section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.’

WLR Daily, 24th January 2014

Source: www.iclr.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

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Defence of marital coercion used by Vicky Pryce to be abolished – The Guardian

‘The defence of marital coercion, unsuccessfully used by Chris Huhne’s former wife Vicky Pryce at her trial last year, is to be abolished.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2014

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Traffic courts up and running in 29 areas – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 16th, 2013 in courts, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘All areas should have a dedicated traffic court within the next 6 months Justice Minister Damian Green said today (13 December 2013).’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th December 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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

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Ex-officer sues Met police over alleged racist abuse – The Guardian

“The Metropolitan police is being sued by a former constable who claims he was racially abused in a three-year campaign by supervising officers.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2013

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Self-parking cars hit legal obstacles – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 28th, 2013 in EC law, news, parking, road traffic offences by sally

“The dream of owning a car which parks itself will have to wait until the law is changed in Britain and Europe.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

MoJ decides against increase in small claims track limit – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Ministry of Justice will today confirm there is to be no increase in the small claims court limit.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd October 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk