Law Commissions looks to future with self-driving vehicles – Law Commission

Posted October 18th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, Law Commission, press releases, reports, road traffic by tracey

‘Law Commissions publish proposals on the regulation of highly automated vehicles that operate without a driver (or “user-in-charge”).’

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Law Commission, 16th October 2019

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Driverless cars could be halted by leaves and seagulls, warns Law Commission – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 16th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, Law Commission, licensing, news, road traffic by sally

‘Driverless cars could be halted by leaves, seagulls or the “wrong sort of snow”, causing gridlock in cities, the Law Commission has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th October 2019

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Man, 69, jailed for knocking teenager off bike in road rage row – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2019 in assault, bicycles, dangerous driving, guilty pleas, news, road traffic, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who used his 4×4 to knock down a teenage cyclist before beating him up and trashing his new bicycle during a road rage row has been jailed for six months.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2019

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Judge upholds strike-out of £2.6m ‘RTA portal’ claim – Litigation Futures

Posted September 2nd, 2019 in abuse of process, news, personal injuries, road traffic, striking out by sally

‘A judge has upheld the striking out of a £2.6m personal injury claim which remained in the RTA portal for almost four years before the claimants admitted it should be transferred.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd September 2019

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Budgeting “not inevitable” in catastrophic injury cases – Litigation Futures

‘Costs budgeting is not “inevitable” in high-value injury cases and lawyers should consider whether the best approach may be to dispense with it altogether, a leading practitioner has suggested.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th August 2019

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Defendant who brought fraudulent ‘phantom passenger’ claim against council given suspended sentence – Local Government Lawyer

‘A defendant who brought a fraudulent claim against Cardiff Council in a “phantom passenger” road traffic accident case has been sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th August 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Legal charities urge government to delay whiplash reforms – Legal Futures

‘Four leading legal charities have urged the government to delay next year’s whiplash reforms over fears that litigants in person and the organisations supporting them will be overwhelmed by the new regime.’

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Legal Futures, 13th August 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Motorcyclists fail in Court of Appeal action over making of road traffic regulation order – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 23rd, 2019 in local government, motorcycles, news, road traffic, statutory duty by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal by a motorcyclists’ group over a road traffic regulation order (TRO) made by Hampshire County Council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd July 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Whiplash Portal – “Vulnerable” Parties to be Exempt (At Least to Begin With) – Zenith PI Blog

‘The new whiplash portal is due to launch in the spring of 2020. It is likely to cover injuries arising from accidents occurring after 6th April.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 9th July 2019

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When deciding whether a licence holder (or an applicant for a licence) is of good repute, what can a Traffic Commissioner take into account? – Henderson Chambers

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in licensing, news, road traffic, transport by sally

‘The Senior Traffic Commissioner had decided in 2015 that a corporate bus operator in Blackpool (now known as Catch 22 Bus Ltd) and its sole shareholder and managing director (Mr Higgs) should lose their licences to operate buses and be disqualified for holding such a licence for 7 years.’

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Henderson Chambers, 18th June 2019

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Anger with MoJ over whiplash reforms begins to boil over – Legal Futures

‘Both the claimant and defendant representatives have expressed frustration with the progress of the government’s whiplash reforms, and doubted it will be ready for April 2020 as planned.’

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Legal Futures, 26th June 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

M4 Newport relief road scrapped: environment v economics – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 26th, 2019 in environmental protection, inquiries, news, planning, road traffic, roads, Wales by sally

‘Plans to build a fourteen mile, six lane motorway through the Gwent Levels south of Newport to relieve congestion on the M4 have been scrapped by the Welsh government. The announcement by first minister Mark Drakeford was welcomed by environmentalists, local residents and small businesses who opposed the scheme at last year’s public inquiry. Alasdair Henderson, Dominic Ruck Keene and Hannah Noyce from 1 Crown Office Row with other barristers from Guildhall Chambers (Brendon Moorhouse) and Garden Court (Irena Sabic and Grace Brown) represented Gwent Wildlife Trust and an umbrella of other environmental objectors in the proceedings which lasted from February 2017 to September 2018. All these barristers acted for free.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th June 2019

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Boy died in car crash after mother ‘lost control when spider fell on her hand’ – The Independent

‘An 11-year-old boy died in a head-on crash after his mother veered on to the wrong side of the road when a spider fell on her hand, an inquest has heard.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2019

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Insurers agree to be bound by ADR in new whiplash system – Legal Futures

‘Defendant insurers have agreed to be bound by the outcome of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process being built into the new whiplash system, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 13th June 2019

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Kenneth Noye: Police still investigating murder of key witness in road-rage killer’s trial 19 years ago – The Independent

Posted May 29th, 2019 in murder, news, police, road traffic, witnesses by tracey

‘The unsolved assassination of a key witness who helped to put road-rage killer Kenneth Noye behind bars remains under investigation by detectives, police have said.’

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The Independent, 28th May 2019

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M25 killer Kenneth Noye to be freed from prison – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in early release, murder, news, parole, recidivists, rehabilitation, road traffic by tracey

‘M25 road-rage killer Kenneth Noye is to be released from prison, the Parole Board has confirmed.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2019

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Tribunal rejects law firm’s bid to strike out disability claim – Legal Futures

‘An employment tribunal has said it would be “wholly inappropriate” to strike out a disability discrimination claim against a law firm from a legal secretary suffering from depression.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd May 2019

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Test to escape fixed costs in ex-portal cases is “high bar” – Litigation Futures

Posted April 23rd, 2019 in accidents, costs, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘The ‘exceptional circumstances’ test by which claimants whose cases exit the RTA portal can claim more than fixed recoverable costs is a high, rather than a low, bar, the High Court has held.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd April 2019

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Clean air zones: Where will UK drivers pay for polluting? – BBC News

‘Drivers of the most polluting vehicles now have to pay to drive into central London – and soon other towns and cities across the UK will follow suit.’

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BBC News. 12th April 2019

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CA upholds challenge to routine 100% success fee in low-value PI – Litigation Futures

‘Solicitors handling low-value personal injury claims since LASPO should have undertaken risk assessments before setting success fees – rather than just applying 100% across the board – the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd April 2019

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