Archive for the 'road traffic offences' Category

Most police forces adopt new speeding guidelines – BBC News

“Most police forces in England and Wales have adopted new speeding guidelines that allow motorists to do up to 86mph and avoid points on their licence.”

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BBC News, 9th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Death by dangerous cycling law gets government support – The Guardian

“The government is looking at introducing a new offence of causing death by dangerous cycling following concerns that there is no suitable legislation to deal with riders who are involved in incidents such as hitting pedestrians on pavements.”

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The Guardian, 10th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Foreign drivers ‘will escape punishment for UK offences’ – Daily Telegraph

“Foreign drivers will be able to drink and drive, break the speed limit, jump red lights and escape without punishment because the Government has not signed up to an EU crackdown, it was claimed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man jailed over M40 wheel grab coach crash – BBC News

“A man has been jailed for a year for causing a crash which left a coach on its side on an embankment on the M40 in Buckinghamshire.”

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BBC News, 2nd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Killer mobility scooter driver escapes prosecution – Daily Telegraph

“The driver of a mobility scooter who killed a 90-year old pedestrian escaped prosecution because no law existed to enable police to take action, an inquest heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Speeding policeman Sgt Craig Jones loses appeal – BBC News

“A North Wales Police officer has failed to overturn a conviction for driving at almost 100mph in a 50mph zone.”

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BBC News, 27th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Segway motor scooter rider loses legal challenge – BBC News

“A man has become the first person in the UK to be successfully prosecuted for riding a Segway scooter on a pavement.”

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BBC News, 18th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Drug-driving detector is a step closer, say ministers – BBC News

“Police forces in Great Britain are a step closer to having a new device to test drivers for drugs.”

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BBC News, 14th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Devon driving instructor jailed for sat-nav speed fraud – BBC News

“A driving instructor who falsified sat-nav data to evade a speeding charge has been jailed for four months.”

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BBC News, 13th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v Williams (Jason John) – WLR Daily

Regina v Williams (Jason John) [2010] EWCA Crim 2552; [2010] WLR (D) 274

“As a matter of statutory construction, fault or other blameworthy conduct on the part of the defendant was not required to establish that he was guilty of an offence under s 3ZB of the Road Traffic Act 1988 of causing the death of another person by driving while unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured; and it was sufficient that the driving was a cause of the death, provided that it was a more than negligible or de minimis cause.”

WLR Daily, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Speed camera jammer banned – Daily Telegraph

“A Porsche driver caught using a laser jammer to disable police speed guns has been banned in a landmark court ruling.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Driver jailed after Oxfordshire man dies in crash – BBC News

“A man who caused a crash that killed an Oxfordshire man, then drove from the scene and later lied to police, has begun a five-year jail term.”

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BBC News, 17th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

George Michael jailed for eight weeks – The Guardian

“George Michael was today sentenced to eight weeks in prison for a drug-driving offence.”

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The Guardian, 14th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Thousands fined for flouting Gloucester bus lane rules – BBC News

“Penalty tickets have been issued to 5,700 drivers caught illegally using a bus lane in Gloucester.”

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BBC News, 3rd September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The ‘loophole lawyers’ who help clients beat motoring charges – The Guardian

“As last week’s furore over car clamping shows, few issues boil the nation’s collective blood like infringements on our right to drive, hence the coalition’s pledge to end what it calls Labour’s ‘war on motorists’. This ‘war’ has also seen the rapid growth of a corner of the legal profession which specialises in acting for motorists.”

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The Guardian, 24th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rymer v Director of Public Prosecutions – WLR Daily

Rymer v Director of Public Prosecutions [2010] EWHC 1848 (Admin); [2010] WLR (D) 197

“A defendant who had pleaded guilty by post in response to a written charge in respect of summary offences and who had been convicted by the justices in his absence pursuant to s 12(4) of the Magistrates’ Court Act 1980 did not have an automatic right to change his plea at a resumed hearing after the case had been adjourned for sentencing pursuant to s 12(5) of the 1980 Act.”

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Harris v Registrar of Approved Driving Instructors – WLR Daily

Harris v Registrar of Approved Driving Instructors [2010] EWCA Civ 808; [2010] WLR (D) 189

“If an applicant seeking registration, or a registered approved driving instructor seeking renewal of his registration, failed to disclose convictions or made a false declaration that he had no convictions, that struck at the heart of the registration process and the question whether he was a ‘fit and proper person’  to be entered in the applicable register.”

WLR Daily, 16th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series th corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Segway driver becomes first prosecuted in Britain – Daily Telegraph

“Phillip Coates, 51, was on his way to do some shopping when he was flagged down by a policeman and told he was breaking the law. He was later interviewed and charged with riding a motor vehicle on the pavement under the Highways Act 1835. Mr Coates pleaded not guilty at Barnsley Magistrates Court, paving the way for the first defended prosecution of a Segway rider in the UK.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Pc cleared over Uckfield fatal sports car crash – BBC News

“An off-duty Sussex police officer has been found not guilty of killing a young man through careless driving.”

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BBC News, 8th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ex-solicitor general Vera Baird given six-month driving ban – The Independent

“A former solicitor general who sped down a motorway at almost 100mph was banned from driving for six months today. Top flight QC and former MP Vera Baird, 60, used all her eloquence in court in an attempt to preserve her licence.  But magistrates at Pontypridd, south Wales, dismissed her lengthy arguments after she admitted driving at 98mph on the M4 near Miskin.”

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The Independent, 23rd June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Police officer jailed for ‘cavalier’ attitude to law – The Independent

“A police officer who showed a ‘cavalier disregard for the law’ when he repeatedly lied about a motoring offence was jailed today.”

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The Independent, 3rd June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Motorist challenges Gatso cameras – Daily Telegraph

“A motorist has embarked on a landmark legal battle against speed cameras, claiming that Gatso units may issue false tickets in cold weather.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Cardiff man jailed for stealing car with baby inside – BBC News

“A man who stole a car without realising a one-year-old girl was asleep in the back has been jailed for 34 months.”

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BBC News, 7th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comedian Jimmy Carr guilty of speeding in Suffolk – BBC News

“Comic Jimmy Carr has been convicted of speeding for driving at 10mph over the limit through a village in Suffolk.”

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BBC News, 12th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Innocent’ driver admits offence to avoid cost of court defence – Daily Telegraph

“A company director has admitted a motoring offence he says he has not committed after becoming one of the first to be caught by controversial new rules on court costs.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Driver fined £2,000 for using bus lane – The Independent

“A driver has landed fines of more than £2,000 after being caught 35 times illegally using a temporary bus lane in Bournemouth.”

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The Independent, 10th December 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Tougher drink-drive law considered by ministers – The Guardian

“The drink-drive limit could be lowered to a small glass of wine or a single pint of beer after the government ordered a review of drink and drug driving laws.”

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jermain Defoe ‘played litigation game’ over speeding fines – Daily Telegraph

“Jermain Defoe, the Tottenham Hotspur and England footballer, ‘played the litigation game’ in an attempt to avoid speeding fines, a judge said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th November 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mr Loophole wins another case – The Independent

“A celebrity lawyer known as Mr Loophole announced today that he had won yet another case for a star.”

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The Independent, 2nd November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Uninsured drivers face tighter laws and loss of car – The Times

“Plans to tighten the law on driving without insurance, making it an offence to be the registered keeper of an uninsured vehicle regardless of whether it is being used, are expected to be confirmed by transport ministers today.”

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The Times, 16th September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Motorists could get bus lane fines refunded following High Court challenge – Daily Telegraph

“Tens of thousands of motorists fined for straying into bus lanes could have their money refunded as a result of a High Court test case next month.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Drink-drive woman spared prison – BBC News

“A driver who was nearly five times over the legal drink-drive limit when she crashed her car has escaped prison.”

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BBC News, 7th September 2009

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Police chiefs in court over abuse of speeding exemption – The Independent

“Two senior police officers are to appear before magistrates today over claims they abused their positions to avoid speeding fines.”

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The Independent, 28th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Aristocrat fined for road offence – BBC News

“An aristocrat aged 82 has been fined after she was found guilty of driving without due care and attention in an incident which preceded a fatal crash.”

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BBC News, 10th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

England striker Jermain Defoe banned from driving – The Times

“England striker Jermain Defoe was today banned from driving after being convicted of speeding, but the sentence was immediately suspended as his lawyers appealed the judgement.”

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The Times, 10th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Speeding fine couple seek review – BBC News

“A couple from Sheffield are taking their legal fight against a speeding ticket to London’s High Court.”

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BBC News, 3rd July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Speeding motorcyclist jailed after policeman uses Google to expose lies – Daily Telegraph

“A speeding motorcyclist has been jailed after a traffic policeman used Google to expose his false claims that an American woman had been riding his bike at the time.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Robbie the Pict v Director of Public Prosecutions – Times Law Reports

Robbie the Pict v Director of Public Prosecutions

Queen’s Bench Division

“A Gatsometer BV Type 36 traffic light camera was an approved device for recording the position of motor vehicles in relation to light signals.”

The Times, 14th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Chelsea star banned from driving – BBC News

“Chelsea star John Mikel Obi has been banned from driving for 15 months after admitting drinking and driving.”

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BBC News, 24th April, 2009

source: www.bbc.co.uk

Foreign drivers face £900 roadside fines to halt rise in crashes – The Times

“Foreign drivers will have to pay on-the-spot fines of up to £900 for flouting traffic laws under new legislation to be introduced next month.”

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The Times, 6th March 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

On-the-spot points for careless driving – The Times

“Thousands more motorists will lose their licences under plans to give police the power to issue penalty points for careless driving without evidence being heard in court.”

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The Times, 20th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Each case is different but Judge Julian Hall has history of light sentences – The Times

“The 21-month sentence is light when set against the range of possible penalties. The Sentencing Guidelines Council issued guidance last summer to judges on penalties for road traffic offences resulting in death after years of complaints by bereaved families and road safety campaigners. The aim was to give a ‘clear message’ that such offences were serious and should receive appropriate penalties.”

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The Times, 3rd February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Diabetic man died after police mistook him for drink-driver, inquest hears – Daily Telegraph

“A diabetic man died after being wrongly arrested for drink-driving when police mistook his symptoms for the effects of alcohol.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

101mph speeding MP’s driving ban – BBC News

“Plaid Cymru’s parliamentary leader, the Meirionnydd and Nant Conwy MP Elfyn Llwyd, has lost his driving licence for a month after admitting speeding.”

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BBC News, 9th January 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Morning-after drink-drive ban for Mike Tindall – The Times

“Mike Tindall has been banned from the road for three years after he was caught driving while over the alcohol limit on his way to commentate on an international rugby match.”

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The Times, 9th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Golfer Colin Montgomerie escapes driving ban with help of Mr Loophole – Daily Telegraph

“Golfer Colin Montgomerie was fined £835 for speeding, but escaped a driving ban with the help of Mr Loophole.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Woman walks free from court despite driving after 20 pint and vodka binge – Daily Telegraph

“A former women’s international cricketer who was caught driving after drinking 20 pints of beer and a several vodkas has walked free from court.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Novice drivers face a ban for one speeding offence – The Times

“Novice drivers could face an automatic ban after a single speeding offence, and would have to retake their tests, under proposals for a tightening of road safety laws.”

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The Times, 21st November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Britain decides against a new lower limit for drink-driving – The Times

“Britain is to become the only European country that allows motorists to have at least one alcoholic drink and still be legally fit to drive.”

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The Times, 6th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Uninsured drivers get lower fines but are killing more people – The Times

“The number of deaths caused by uninsured drivers has risen by nearly a third in six years while offenders have been facing softer penalties.”

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The Times, 15th August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Fatal drink driver was on phone – BBC News

“A drink-driver who killed a woman when she crashed into her broken-down car while using a mobile phone has been jailed for six years.”

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BBC News, 11th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge praises twins who reported their drink-driving mother – Daily Telegraph

“A judge has praised twin sisters for public spiritedness in reporting their mother to police for drink driving.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Speeding appeal leaves motorist with £15,000 court bill – Daily Telegraph

“A motorist who challenged a £60 speeding fine is now facing a legal bill of £15,000 after her appeal was rejected by a judge.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Motorist may escape ban because speed camera on ‘road which does not exist’ – Daily Telegraph

“A motorist could escape a ban for speeding because the camera that caught him is sited on a road that may not officially exist, it was disclosed yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Council motoring fines ‘illegal’ – BBC News

“Some councils have earned hundreds of thousands of pounds by enforcing unlawful traffic and parking restrictions, the BBC has learned.”

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BBC News, 29th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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