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Overhaul Sentences for Drivers that Kill

Guidelines for both charging and sentencing drivers that kill should be overhauled, according to a road safety charity, and it’s attracting support from the public and MPs alike. Brake says that at present, almost half of drivers convicted of killing someone are not jailed at all and for those that …

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What impact will Brexit have on motorists?

On 23rd June 2016 the UK held a Referendum where more than 30 million voters across Great Britain made the historic decision to leave the European Union (EU), of which the country has been a part of since 1973. While the long term impact of this decision remains unclear, there …


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‘Pump and Run’ Crimes: Non-payment of fuel no longer treated as a criminal offence

  One surprising outcome of limited police resources is that officers will no longer treat non-payment of fuel at forecourts as a crime. That’s as far as Devon & Cornwall police are concerned, anyway. In 2014, they received around 1,600 reports of customers leaving garages without paying and frankly, the …


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Hard Truths About the Hard Shoulder

MPs have raised concerns about the “unacceptable” compliance rate among motorists to Red X signals on motorway gantries, saying it is putting everyone in harm’s way. But the criticism of so-called ‘Smart Motorway’ schemes is not limited to the public failing to heed or understand the signals being flashed at …


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Smoking in Cars: Too Difficult to Enforce?

“It is poor legislation that hasn’t been thought through and it’s very difficult to enforce”. This comment, from a spokesman for Devon & Cornwall Police Federation, could apply to any number of laws. But this week, amidst the mind wobbling complexities and concerns of exiting our membership of the European …


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Brexit : What next for Road Transport and Road Transport Law?

On June 23 2016, the United Kingdom went to the polls to answer a simple question; do they wish to remain part of the European Union? The predications swayed for a win from one side and then the other, which perhaps accurately reflects the balance of views with the Leave …


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The differences between death by dangerous and death by careless driving

On Monday a family paid tribute to a mother killed in a collision after an HGV driver completed an overtaking manoeuvre in icy conditions, lost control of his vehicle and skidded across the road. The lorry collided head-on with a car travelling in the opposite direction on the A1 in …


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Imminent Increase in Penalty Points and Fines

Very shortly we should hear from the government about its intention to increase the number of penalty points and the fixed penalty notice levels for mobile phone offences. In the meantime comes more research showing that the public reckons increasing the severity of the penalty will make very little difference. …


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Above Average Speed Camera Results

Say it quietly, but there’s evidence that average speed cameras manage to be both effective and not solely targeted at motorists’ wallets. Since the millennium the use of Speed Check Services (SPECS) cameras has crept up as their installation costs has fallen. Old fixed cameras are also coming to the …


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Illegal Drivers Pointlessly Endorsed With Penalty Points

Nearly 70,000 drivers across the country are currently holding penalty points despite not having a licence, according to new figures. This pointless state of affairs emerged in a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA, which led to the agency revealing there were 69,353 potentially dangerous unlicensed drivers that have …


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