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

How DNA testing can assist in Drink Drive offences.

DNA might not seem an obvious tool to assist in Drink Drive cases; however in two cases it has proved to be decisive.

Case one – Failure to provide.

When an individual fails to provide a breath specimen for analysis the operator of the Evidential Breath Testing Device is instructed on the form MG DD/A (the Drink Drive procedure form) Read More

Drink Driving, medical assessments & the return of your driving licence

I was convicted by  Cardiff Magistrates Court for an offence of drink driving offence and received a three year disqualification from driving. I have recently applied to have my licence returned to me but have been informed that the DVLA will want to make further investigations before re-issuing my driving licence. What exactly does this mean? 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

Convicted in absence by a Magistrates Court for Speeding

Newport Magistrates Court have told me that I had been convicted of a speeding offence in my absence. The offence was caught on a speed camera. Penalty points were endorsed upon my driving licence and a fine, prosecution and criminal courts were ordered to be paid. The total comes to about £1000. I did not receive any notification of the court proceedings and do not accept that I was speeding. What shall I do? Read More

Motoring Offences prosecuted in 2014 rise

The latest figures from the Ministry of Justice have show that prosecutions for motoring offences increased last year by 4.5%, from 566,000 in 2013 to 591,000 in 2014.

The annual Criminal Justice statistics for 2014 show that the largest increase was for speeding offences, which saw a 26% increase in Court appearances to 159,000 speeding prosecutions last year. In addition, offences of driving without  insurance  increased to 144,000 offences. Read More

Drink Driving – a reduction in the legal limit?

There is a groundswell of expert opinion suggesting that the legal limit in drink driving offences should be lowered to fall in line with Scotland and the rest of Europe.

Since the new drink drive limit was introduced in Scotland at the tail end of 2014, drink drive offences have reduced by 17% within the first 6 months of the new legal limit being introduced. Read More