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Tough Sanctions for Using a Mobile Phone at the Wheel

A desire to make using a mobile phone at the wheel as much of a stigma as drink driving will lead to a significant increase in fines and points next year. Hot on the heels of an RAC study that found hardly anyone was paying attention to the law, the …

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Speeding Lies Lead to Criminal Convictions

Speeding fines are an annoyance and an aggravation, but that’s the point of them. They’re designed so that you think twice about your driving, you alter your habits and then hopefully you make the roads safer for you and for everyone else. What they are not meant to do is …


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Rothera Sharp transport team leading the way in Legal 500 directory

Rothera Sharp’s transport team has retained its tier 1 ranking in this year’s edition of the Legal 500; the ninth consecutive year that it has been recognised for holding a top tier ranking. The department, headed by Anton Balkitis and comprising of barrister Olivia Maginn, solicitor Laura Newton, newly appointed …


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Snapping at ANPR: Driver exposes camera error to overturn motoring fine

When Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology was introduced on UK roads more than a decade ago it was heralded by police as “a revolutionary tool in detecting crime.” Fast forward to today and vehicle movements are now recorded by a network of more than 8,000 cameras, capturing between 25 …


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The Life of a Transport Lawyer

The Transport Law Team at Keep Me on the Road – Rothera Sharp have built an enviable reputation across the UK helping and advising Transport Operators to allow them to run their businesses.  No two weeks are ever the same so we thought we would show you just what we …


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Almost 3,000 Accidents in Vehicles in 2013 due to Driver Distractions

Government figures show that there were almost 3,000 accidents in vehicles in 2013 where distractions were cited as a contributory factor. These days, pretty much anything is a distraction, whether you are in a car or not. But if you are in a car then you’ve already escalated the risks …


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Taxing Times

When does your car need to be taxed? No, don’t run outside and check the windscreen, tax discs died a death in 2014. And that is still causing problems for a lot of people. The Department for Transport estimated it would lose £80m to the Exchequer in 2015 due to …


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A Hole Lot of Trouble

When is a pothole not a pothole? The answer is when a council gets its tape measure out and says it isn’t. One (possibly) unforeseen consequence of austerity and cutting local authority budgets is that, left with a couple of quid to sort out the country’s knackered road infrastructure, a …


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Driving Test Gets a Makeover

New drivers need to be better drivers. In 2012, a fifth of all those killed or seriously injured on the roads were involved in a collision in which at least one of the cars was driven by someone aged between 17 and 24. Road collisions are also the biggest killer …


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Mobile Phones and Driving: Is Scotland Really the Worst?

On first reading, it looks like Scotland has paid about as much attention to the law on mobile phones and driving as everyone now does to the Liberal Democrats. According to data recently released under the Freedom of Information Act, out of the 10 worst areas of Britain for mobile …


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