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Life sentences for motorists who cause death by dangerous driving

Causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving while drunk or on drugs will now carry the top-level punishment of life imprisonment. The previous maximum was 14 years. These sentences will be available in the more serious cases involving use of mobile phones, speeding or street racing …


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Putting the brakes on self-employed drivers

Uber seems to be going through the wars at the moment for many reasons, but the first blow came when the courts found that their drivers were employees rather than being self-employed. Whilst Uber was licking its wounds, Addison Lee (a competitor of Uber) were rubbing their hands- until yesterday …


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Mobile Phones Whilst Driving – Dos and Don’ts

As a society, I am sure we can all put our hands up and agree that we have become addicted to our mobile phones! However, these devices are a massive cause of danger when behind the wheel. A split second distraction caused by our beloved devices, such as call, text …


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Drink driving laws and misconceptions

Drink driving has been at the forefront of news stories this week following football star Wayne Rooney’s arrest in the early hours of last Friday morning. Speculation has been rife about the type of penalty he will face if found guilty, how much he may have drunk and why he …


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Drug driving convictions now level with drink driving convictions

The latest figures from the Department for Transport suggest that drug driving offenders are just as likely to be convicted as drink driving offenders, thanks to drug driving laws that were introduced back in 2015. Conviction rates for drug driving offences are now at 98%, with stats revealing that nearly …


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Police using dash cam footage to prosecute drivers

With news earlier this week that Operation Snap will now be extended to cover all of Wales, the use of dash cams as a means for bringing prosecutions against drivers is once again at the forefront of public discussion. No longer are speed cameras and traffic police the only threat …


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All Change For Learner Drivers

A change to the law will see learner drivers hitting the motorways within months after almost 60 years of them being a learner-free environment. The move to allow learner drivers lessons on motorways follows years of pressure from road safety groups, who had been lobbying for the change due to …


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Your motoring offence questions answered

Unsure about whether you can contest a speeding ticket? Want to know how long points stay on your licence? Are you a new driver worried about what might happen if you’re caught speeding within the first six months? We took to the streets of Nottingham to answer these questions and find out …


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Driving bans, fines and penalty points explained

With a lot of misunderstanding surrounding current driving laws, such as whether you will definitely face a mandatory driving ban for six months if you have accrued 12 penalty points within three years, or whether a fine of 150% of your weekly income will be imposed even if you’ve only gone slightly …


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S172- your legal duties and what to do if you find yourself charged or convicted of an offence

Most traffic offences require the police to give a written or verbal notice of intended prosecution, to advise that they are investigating a possible offence. Where the police are unable to attend the scene to stop and speak to the driver, this will be done in writing. Accordingly the police …


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