Court hearing for motoring offences are to be held in universities as well as town halls and community centres after ministers announced plans to shut almost one in five Magistartes Courts across the country. Read More
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 top 10 most prolific speed cameras across Wales have been revealed, with the most lucrative speed camera catching as many as 33 drivers each day. Read More
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
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
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
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
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
From the 6th July 2015 all British driving licences issued will feature the Union Jack pictured alongside the EU flag – this will apply across England, Wales and Scotland. Read More
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