The rising cost of motoring offences

For any motoring offence committed after the 13th April 2015 the cost of appearing in Court for a motoring offence will increase exponentially. The State has introduced a new type of charge for any ‘criminal’ appearing before either the Crown Court or the Magistrates Court – known as the ‘Criminal Courts Charge‘ : 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

Drug Driving and the change in the law

From today, the 2nd March 2015, the law in respect of drug driving will change.

The police have been empowered to use road side ‘drugalyser’ – a device that will be able to measure the amount of a particular drug in a drivers blood system. The principal will be the same as a roadside breathalyzer for drink driving offences. Additionally, Police officers have also been trained to consider the use of a road side impairment test to check a drivers reaction, balance and coordination. Read More

The rise of the Speed Camera in South Wales

The number of drivers fined in court for speeding offences in South Wales has tripled, according to new figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

The South Wales Police force area saw one of the biggest increases in England and Wales with 6,491 motorists fined in 2013, compared to 2,181 three years earlier. The numbers of Dyfed-Powys and Gwent motorists fined by magistrates doubled. Read More

Motoring offences and a Company’s responsibility under section 172

Where the driver of company vehicle is caught committing a motoring offence and is not stopped at the time of the offence a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) is sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle which is usually the Company Secretary or Director.

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Insurance Premiums

#1 Motoring Solicitors are very aware that a conviction for a motoring offence can have an impact on a driver’s insurance premiums.

For example, a simple offence of speeding can increase your insurance premiums by up to 20%. Where a disqualification is imposed for a motoring offence, many insurance companies will consider whether to offer you insurance at all and have been known to increase insurance premiums by 200%. Read More