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£143,000 goes up in smoke!

Roger Brice
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The BBC have reported that a McLaren supercar with a new value of around £143,000 was reduced to a twisted, burned-out wreck after it struck a building and burst into flames. Thankfully both the driver and passenger of the 570S escaped with...

Tractors prohibited on motorways

Spencer Davis
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On the 9th February, a farmer was stopped by police for driving his tractor on the M54 motorway. The police then escorted the farmer off the motorway. A spokesman of Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) said “for any aspiring farmers out there,...

Tractor drivers could face voluntary roadworthiness test

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Two Years ago, the legislation regarding Tractor Weights and speeds was reviewed, extending weights to 31 t and maximum speeds to 25mph. In a recent article by  Farmers Weekly  they reported that at the New Holland's Basildon Headquarters, the...

Speeding fines set to rise

Spencer Davis
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Speeding fines are set to rise after a review of the sentencing guidelines for magistrates courts.   For the most serious offences, a driver could be fined 150% of their weekly income.  In 2015, 166,216 people were fined and 166,695...

TV personality victim of 'road rage'

Spencer Davis
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A 22 year old female driver has been convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour. She was filmed screaming obscenities at  BBC presenter Jeremy Vine  as he cycled on a narrow road in Kensington, west London.  She was found...

Dangerous drivers who kill could face life in prison

Spencer Davis
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Drivers who cause death by dangerous or careless driving could get life in prison under new government proposals.  In a recent article the  BBC  reported that Ministers want to bring the offence, which has a maximum sentence of 14 years, in...

Helping you stay on the road...

Spencer Davis
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It is that time of year when the 'Road Safety' adverts start to hit the screens. This year alone a man was caught filming himself doing 192 mph in Northamptonshire and another speeder caught in a BMW 5 Series doing 152 in Linconshire. This...

Police crackdown for those using mobile phones when driving

Spencer Davis
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Police are conducting another week-long crackdown on drivers who use their mobile phones whilst driving. Measures include dedicated patrols and messages on road signs.  This move follows the government's plan to double fines and points to those...

Rail Operators will soon be subject to the Consumer Rights

Spencer Davis
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The government has announced that from the 1 October 2016, the CRA 2015 will apply in full to all transport services. This will include mainline passenger rail services. Therefore, all rail operators (including those with the EU Rail Licence) will be...

A Partridge 'clocked' doing 54mph

Spencer Davis
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Actor and comedian Steve Coogan (AKA Alan Partridge) has been banned from driving for 28 days after he was clocked doing 54mph driving a Mazda MX-5 SE sports car in a 30mph zone. Mr Cogan who was not at the hearing had pleaded guilty to the...

Don't trust the label - or better still DON'T drink and driving!

Spencer Davis
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A  recent study  has found that wine actually contains more alcohol than manufacturers are putting on the label. The findings are not only worrying for health reasons but could be unwittingly putting drinkers over the drink-driving limit. ...

Don't trust the label - or better still DON'T drink and drive!

Spencer Davis
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A  recent study  has found that wine actually contains more alcohol than manufacturers are putting on the label. The findings are not only worrying for health reasons but could be unwittingly putting drinkers over the drink-driving limit. ...

Safer roads this Christmas

Spencer Davis
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According to Essex Police a total of 940 drivers have been breathalysed since the launch of their Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving. Fifty two of those tested were found to be over the limit or refused or failed to provide a sample. A total of...

Penalty fines may increase for those using mobile phones whilst driving

Spencer Davis
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The government is considering proposals to increase fixed penalty fines from £100 to £150, as well as increasing the number of penalty points drivers receive from three to four. The last increase occurred in 2013, when the fixed penalty for using...

Harsher sentences for banned drivers who kill

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The changes, he says, are designed to reflect the impact of such crimes on victims and their families. Grayling said "I want to make our roads safer and ensure people who cause harm face tough penalties.  Disqualified drivers should not be on our...

Tractor Speed & Weight Restrictions

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The current legislation states that a tractor is not supposed to exceed 32kph (20mph) and the legal weight limit for agricultural vehicles is 24.39t for the tractor, trailer and the trailer’s contents (known as the Gross Train Weight or GTW).  ...

Totting up the points !

Peter Butterfield
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Penalty points were first introduced as a means for the Courts to punish drivers for various driving offences rather than giving them a fine and/or a driving disqualification. Each offence will carry a fixed number or a range of points that can be applied to...

New fixed penalties for careless driving offences.

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Many of us treat ourselves to moments of reverie, thinking who would be 'for the chop' if we were in charge. One of the subjects that causes a large number of people to become particularly agitated is bad driving and in that category, the top of a...

Drunk driver jailed for 8 years

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Wilfred Museka pleaded guilty at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to causing death by dangerous driving, along with also admitting offences of fraud by false representation, driving without insurance and driving other than in accordance with a driving...

One million people caught driving using a mobile

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Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information rules show that one million motorists have been caught illegally using a handheld mobile phone while driving since the legislation banning the same was introduced in 2003.  A survey has established that...

PIs should be licensed

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A Commons committee has recommended that all private investigators should be licensed, or the the very least registered, in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.   This follows evidence given by representatives of the trade at the Leveson Inquiry...

Using your Mobile Phone whilst driving.

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Definition A hand-held device is something that is or must be held at some point during the course of making or receiving a call or undertaking any other interactive form of communication including: Making or receiving calls. Sending or receiving picture and...

Drink Driving.

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Drink Driving Factsheet Definition Attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle on the public highway or in a public place whilst under the influence of alcohol that exceeds the prescribed limit. Test Methods You will be asked to supply a breath...

Speeding Offences.

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Such offences are usually resolved by: attending a speed awareness course (at the discretion of the police) accepting a fixed penalty of 3 points and a £60 fine attending court for more serious offences or disputed cases Penalties 3-6 points on your...

With over 55% of company car drivers admitting in a recent RAC survey that they shout, swear and make rude gestures at other road users

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With over 55% of company car drivers admitting in a recent RAC survey that they shout, swear and make rude gestures at other road users, it is hardly surprising that more businesses are recognising driver behaviour as a threat to their reputation. Solicitor...