Last week older drivers came under the microscope after a survey emerged showing that the majority of people think they should be subject to stricter regulations before being allowed to drive.
However, the official figures demonstrate that they are under-represented in accident statistics. Click here to read more »
It has been reported today that Nottinghamshire has been involved in a trial for the government whereby specialised traffic courts have been instigated in an effort to fast track the court system dealing with motoring offences such as speeding and no insurance.
Since May 2012, in Nottinghamshire, most routine motoring offences have been scheduled to be heard at the Mansfield Magistrates Court, freeing up valuable court time for more serious matters at the Nottingham and Worksop Magistrates’ Courts. Initially on Mondays, but now also on Tuesdays, Mansfield has operated courts devoted to dealing with road traffic law – the case load of 160 or so cases now being split to around 80 cases a day! Ironically, this scheme came about hot on the heels of the closure of the Newark and Retford Magistrates’ Courts in Notts on ‘cost saving’ grounds. Click here to read more »
Interesting guidance over driver offence prosecutions emerged last week, which could prevent drivers being charged if they kill a loved one.
The Crown Prosecution Service guidance acknowledges that those who cause the deaths of close friends or relatives while driving “bear a particularly heavy responsibility”, according to director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer. Click here to read more »
Almost four years ago England introduced smoke-free laws that applied to company vehicles, but according to a new survey the majority of motorists now favour an outright ban. Click here to read more »
Falsifying tachograph records is a serious offence, often resulting in disqualification. If more than six offences have been committed then the Traffic Commissioner’s guidance suggests a starting point of a 12-month ban.
In Jasvinder Arora’s case, TC Nick Denton had a bit more calculating to do.
Last year the lorry driver and company secretary of Ocean Xpress Logistics was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment for 79 offences of making false driving records. Click here to read more »
Around 20% of people killed or seriously injured on the roads in 2011 were involved in a collision where at least one driver was aged between 17 and 24.
Building on plans outlined by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the government this week proposed to adopt measures to cut the high level of deaths among young motorists. Click here to read more »