Using a mobile whilst driving has reached ‘epidemic proportions’ – is the law about to get tougher?

New research suggests that the number of people who use mobile phones behind the wheel in the UK has quadrupled over the last two years. The survey suggests that drivers have no fear that they will be caught by Police. Read More

Duty of Confidentiality – Doctors and Health Care professionals to the DVLA

It is commonly thought that a Doctor and other healthcare professionals have an unimpeachable and overriding duty of patient confidentiality in every circumstance. However when it comes to a patient’s fitness to drive and reporting to the DVLA this is not the case. Read More

Penalty Points – disqualification and their removal from your driving licence

It is commonly known that when a driver reaches 12 penalty points an automatic disqualification from driving will be imposed by the Court. Many drivers do not appreciate however that for first occasion a driver hits 12 penalty points the automatic driving ban is for a 6 month period. The driver has an opportunity to argue that any disqualification from driving should not be imposed where it will cause ‘exceptional hardship’. Evidence must be called to support an application for exceptional hardship. Read More

Motoring Offences – the costs of conviction and the Notice of Intended Prosecution

The imposition of penalty points upon a driving licence can prove costly; the majority of Insurance Companies will increase an insurance premium by anything between 10 to 20% for a single speeding conviction. It is also likely that the speeding motorist’s new best friend, the speed awareness course, will also result in a hike in insurance premiums. Read More

Drug Driving offences and Recreational Drug use

Bad news awaits recreational drug users who drive.

The new drug driving laws, brought in on the 2nd March 2015, mean that any driver caught have used drugs and driving faces the loss of their driving licence for at least 12 months and the risk of a prison sentence. The issue for those who perhaps only use illegal drugs on the weekend could be profound, there is a zero tolerance policy in place for any illegal drugs found in your system. Read More