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What Happens If You Get 12 Points?

You can accumulate penalty points for a variety of driving offences including speeding , using a mobile phone , driving without due care and attention , and driving without insurance .. People mistakenly tend to think that if you receive 12 penalty...

Caught speeding - what happens in a Magistrates Court?

Having to go to the Magistrates Court concerning a speeding allegation can be an intimidating experience, particularly if you haven’t been to court before. The many courtroom dramas on TV don’t help, as they tend to falsely portray a...

Drink Driving Penalties

This article concentrates on drink driving penalties as opposed to defences. If you are found guilty of drink driving then you will be banned from driving for at least a year, be subject to an unlimited fine and receive a criminal record.  You could,...

What do I need to know about Speed Awareness Courses?

What is a Speed Awareness Course? More than a million drivers each year choose to take a Speed Awareness Course.  These courses have been developed by psychologists, and are to educate rather than to punish drivers in an attempt to make roads...

I have received a form asking if I was the driver - what do I do now?

What is the offence of failing to identify the driver? Most people, when they are caught speeding, are not stopped by the police.  Their vehicle is just flashed by a speed camera and they continue on their journey, often blissfully unaware.  The...

Can A Driving Disqualification Be Avoided If You Accumulate 12 Penalty Points Or More?

What is the law on the accumulation of penalty points? The law states that if you commit offences within three years of each other, and the total number of penalty points you receive for these offences amount to twelve or more , then you must be...

I've just received a Notice of Intended Prosecution: what now?

Updated 12th July 2018 Why have I received a Notice of Intended Prosecution? These days you probably won’t be aware at the time that you have been caught committing a motoring offence (such as speeding or going through a red light ) as a...

Your motoring conviction - will it need to be declared?

If I am guilty of a motoring offence, will I get a criminal conviction? When anybody is found guilty, or pleads guilty, to any motoring offence before the Magistrates or Crown Court they will then have a criminal conviction, even if this is for a minor...

From today, the fast track to a bigger fine?

There will be increased speeding fines in operation as from today, April 24th 2017.  A much harsher fining system is being brought in to try and crack down on speeding motorists.  How much more might you have to pay if you are caught driving over...

Tougher new mobile phone penalties: what do I need to know?

Penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving have doubled.  As from today, a driver caught using a mobile when at the wheel will have 6 penalty points imposed on their driving licence instead of the previous 3 points.  Fines imposed will...

Driverless Cars:The End Of The Road For Traffic Offences?

Do you enjoy driving?  Should it matter if we lost our skills at the wheel?  One day soon, instead of mastering the art of driving through learning, practice and experience, we will whistle up a self-driving autonomous car instead which will whisk...

Is Now The Time To Appeal Against Unfair DVLA "Medical Fitness To Drive" Decisions?

After the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) were criticised for keeping drivers off the road unfairly for medical reasons, is now the time to appeal against wrongful decisions?  The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has...

More Severe Sentencing for Dangerous Driving On The Horizon?

Earlier in September this year the government announced that penalties for using mobile phones while driving would double in 2017.  However, what happens to a driver when distraction by a mobile phone leads to them cause a serious road...

Tougher New Penalties If Caught Using Your Mobile Phone Whilst Driving

The Department for Transport has announced that there will be a doubling of the penalties if a driver is caught using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving .  The Department for Transport has indicated that these changes will come into force at some...

Using A Mobile Phone While Driving - A Large Variety Of Defences

Driving whilst using a mobile phone is becoming an increasingly common offence.  There are, however, many defences that may be applicable.  The following are just a few examples. Not Communicating With The Phone To be guilty of driving...

Speed Cameras Are To Become More Conspicuous

Speed cameras on local roads are already yellow, but on major highways they are often grey, and sometimes hidden behind an overhead gantry.  The transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin recently announced that by October 2016 all cameras on...

Drink Drive Limits - Possible Changes Ahead

Scotland Leads the Way Recently Scotland has been at the forefront for introducing legislation promoting safety and health.  When it comes to the fight against drink driving, Scotland is now leading the way in the UK.  As of the 5th December 2014,...

Failure to Identify the Driver - Don't Risk Prison

Most people have had the unpleasant experience of receiving a letter through their door from the police stating that their vehicle was involved in a road traffic offence, normally speeding at a certain date and time.  Included in this envelope there...

What Would Brexit Mean For Motorists?

What would be the impact on the motorist of a Brexit vote on the 23rd of June?  And what lies ahead for the motorist should the UK decide to remain in Europe? Motorists might find some disadvantages if they were to head to the Continent on holiday...

Britain Would Be Better Off WIth 80% Of Its Traffic Lights Taken Down

A recent report by a leading think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) states that the increase in traffic lights , speed bumps and bus lanes in Britain is “detrimental to road safety, the economy and the environment, it also imposes huge...