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Changes Coming to the Rules on Using Mobile Telephones Whilst Driving

    The laws around mobile telephone usage whilst driving are about to be tightened in 2022. It is already illegal to text or make a phone call using any handheld device whilst driving. It is also going to become illegal to use a handheld device to take photos or […]

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Dogs and Cars – Don’t Let your Hound Lead you to a Prison Cell!

Britain has always been a nation of dog lovers and during the Covid-19 pandemic dog ownership rose dramatically during the lockdown. So what are the rules on transporting your hound? What does the law say? Rule 57 of The Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or […]

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Drink Driving 101

As another celebrity is charged with drink driving, the question as to whether the law is too soft arises. Should there be a zero tolerance approach or is it a Public Heath matter where more awareness and education would help.  It seems like many understand the risks involved and some […]

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Motoring Offences – Special Reasons or Exceptional Hardship – Which One Applies to Me?

When are Special Reasons or Exceptional Hardship relevant? If you have committed an offence carrying penalty points you may be able to use one or both of these arguments before the Court. You must plead Guilty to the offence for either of these arguments to be relevant.   What is […]

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Driver Speeding Statistics Revealed

Every summer, the government releases statistics relating to the behaviours of drivers. One particular report focuses on speeding infringements and makes for interesting reading. In 2020, the worst offenders were van drivers. Figures show that 55% of van drivers speed on motorways and 58% on 30pmh roads. Car drivers were […]

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DVSA Announces Changes for Towing a Trailer or Caravan from Autumn 2021

In an effort to combat the driver shortages and free up test availability, DVSA announced a major change due to come in later this year (date TBC). Drivers who passed their Driving Test from 1 January 1997 will now be able to tow a trailer up to 3500kg without taking […]

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Speed Awareness Course Instead of Penalty Points?

The majority of low level motoring offences are dealt with out of Court, but when many drivers are first warned that an offence has been detected, they are confused as to how their offence will be dealt with. The police (and other prosecution agencies such as DVSA) have a number […]

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DVSA Operation Targets Van Drivers

DVSA has recently concluded an Operation in Birmingham which targeted vans and other LCVs, resulting in 24 drivers being investigated for prosecution where mechanical defects and other compliance issues have been found. Van drivers have come under fire in the press and continue to have a bad reputation because of […]

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Single Justice Procedure Notice

What is a Single Justice Procedure Notice?  The most common way for a motorist to be notified that they have been prosecuted for a driving offence is through the Single Justice Procedure. You will receive a pack through the post advising you of the offence details and how to respond. […]

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I have been charged with an SP30 offence – what does it mean?

You have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) or Single Justice Procedure Notice (SJPN) with the offence code SP30. What does this mean? It is an urban myth that the code SP30 relates to an offence of exceeding a 30 mph speed limit. Actually the offence refers to speeding […]

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