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Our motoring offences, road transport and criminal defence teams regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

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Disclosure or the lack of it in criminal proceedings

Correna Platt
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In the last six months the press have reported on a number of cases that have collapsed due to the failure of the police to provide full disclosure to the defence. These cases have highlighted the failings in the disclosure process and resulted in a...

Learner drivers allowed onto motorways for the first time

Paul Loughlin
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The government has made changes to the laws which govern learner drivers and where they can drive, allowing them onto the motorway network for the first time. Under Regulation 2 of the Motorways Traffic (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations...

The 2018 'morning after' World Cup campaign

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As the clock ticks down to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup  (14 June – 15 July) , the festival of football is set to capture the nation once again. 64 games are due to take place over 32 days and supporters, friends and even...

When a lucky find can lead you straight to jail

Martin Pizzey
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There may be little chance of finding a 20 kg gold bar while you're out and about today, but for some residents in a remote part Russia, earlier this month, that unlikely scenario very nearly happened.  A plane taking off from a...

Don't be caught out by ageing tyres

Paul Loughlin
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Debate surrounding imposing a legal age limit to tyres used on coaches and buses is rumbling on, some four years after a company had its PSV (public service vehicle) operator licence revoked by the Traffic Commissioner following the death of three...

Case rewrites criminal law textbooks overnight

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The civil case of Ivey v Genting Casinos UK Ltd (t/a Crockfords Club) [2017] UKSC 67, published in the last few days, has rewritten criminal law textbooks overnight. The case itself concerned a professional gambler who...

Guidance for vocational drivers

Alison Marriott
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The DVLA has published guidance for lorry, bus and coach drivers. The simple two page leaflets are designed to be printed and folded to pocket size for ease of reference. It is hoped that the leaflet will assist and highlight some of the most...

DVSA: "Don't take it out on our staff"

Alison Marriott
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In August 2017 the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) launched a new campaign to reduce physical and verbal assaults against its staff. The campaign seeks to highlight the increase in incidence of attacks on staff between April 2016 and March...

New sentencing rules to give an alternative approach for the courts

Paul Loughlin
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It might have been picked up on most people’s radars in the last few weeks that the Sentencing Council has revised the sentencing guidelines for speeding meaning motorists convicted of serious speeding offences are set to face harsher penalties....

New Year, New Drone

Colin Rawson
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They were this year’s ‘must have’ gifts for young and old alike. They come in all shapes, sizes and complexities, from ‘nano’ versions that measure no-more than a couple of inches across to enormous, GPS enabled, camera wielding...

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