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Overhaul of Motoring Offence Sentencing Guidelines

Sentencing Guidelines are produced by the Sentencing Council who produce appropriate sentencing ranges for offences in accordance with the maximum penalty set out in the relevant legislation.  These guidelines must be followed by the Courts unless it can be shown that it is not in the interests of justice to …


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Speeding Fines Will Increase in April

In less than a month drivers responsible for the most serious speeding offences will face much harsher penalties for their actions. Currently, the limit for speeding fines is 100% of a driver’s weekly wage, up to £1,000 (or £2,500 if they are caught on a motorway). This upper limit will …


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Drivers heading to France warned to apply for car pollution sticker

For those that missed it, which is practically everyone, France is fining anyone who doesn’t openly display how dirty their cars are. The regime began in January, but with Easter fast approaching there are concerns we’ll all head across the Channel and think it’s just Brexit that’s infuriating our Gallic …


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Awareness Absent in Speed Awareness Course Effectiveness

Do speed awareness courses work? Unfortunately, it turns out no-one knows for sure. In a recent parliamentary statement, transport minister Andrew Jones was forced to concede that the government holds “no records of how many participants have reoffended.” The courses have been offered to drivers caught breaking the speed limit …


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LGA demands reduction to drink drive limit in England and Wales

With Northern Ireland trying to introduce a tougher drink drive limit and plans by Malta to lower its current threshold, there are calls for England and Wales to follow. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils and fire and all rescue authorities, is demanding that the …


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Doctors Demand Scotland Deals with Drug Driving Laws

Pressure in Scotland to address its drug driving laws intensified last week, when doctors’ leaders stepped in to urge the government to sort out the problem. As recently blogged, the Scottish government has been accused of being “behind the curve” and not dealing with drivers who have taken one or …


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Motorists face double points and £200 fine for mobile phone offences from March 1

In light of statistics suggesting that use of mobile phones by motorists is increasing despite readily available hands free Bluetooth technologies, from today motorists caught using their devices at the wheel will now face a tougher sanction of 6 penalty points and a £200.00 fine. This is double the previous …


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How can someone with 62 penalty points still legally be allowed to drive?

Yesterday it was headline news that a motorist with 62 penalty points on his licence is out and about, legally driving on the roads in spite of the 12 points totting up disqualification rules. This motorist is not alone with recently released statistics showing that last month there were over …


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Delay for Northern Ireland’s ‘Two Tier’ Drink Drive Law

  It’s all gone a bit quiet since we reported a year ago on Northern Ireland’s drink drive law changes. It turns out there is a reason for this – “adequate” technology to measure drivers’ alcohol limits is proving difficult to come by. To recap, the province announced it was …


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Scotland Eyes up Drug Driving Laws

March sees the second anniversary of drug driving laws being introduced in England and Wales, and up in Scotland ministers are paying close attention to its impact. As you’ll know, specific blood levels were introduced for 17 illegal and prescription drugs, and in 2015 driving above the threshold became an …


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