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
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
The speed awareness course has now been with us for some years having been introduced to offer drivers caught exceeding the speed limit (within certain thresholds) the opportunity to attend a rehabilitation course.
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
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
I have been charged with an offence of Dangerous Driving and am due to appear at Cardiff Crown Court. I deny that my driving was in any way dangerous. What will happen at the first crown court appearance? Read More
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
Where you are facing the imposition of 12 penalty points under the totting provisions a mandatory 6 months disqualification from driving will be awarded by the Court – right? Read More
The present Government has proposed a zero tolerance approach to to deal with those that drive under the influence of illegal drugs. Read More
You will be categorised by the DVLA and the Magistrates Court as a new driver if you have passed your driving test less than 2 years before the date of any motoring offence. Where a new driver accumulates 6 penalty points on a driving licence within the first 2 years of passing their driving test, their driving licence will be revoked. Read More