Technology has been developed by the DVLA and the Home Office for police officers to use at the roadside to confirm the identity of a driver.
The technology allows instant access to a photograph of the driver. The picture is held on the DVLA driver’s database, and immediate access is provided to officers dealing with motoring offences.
The technology is currently being used by 18 police...Read More
Peter Marrable was summonsed to court for speeding. The allegation was that he had driven at 72mph in a temporary 50mph zone.
The police produced evidence of the speed from a ‘Trucam’ device that was approved, calibrated and operating correctly.
Mr Marrable produced evidence from a GPS tracker that was fitted to his company vehicle. The tracker showed a speed of 53-54mph.
When people think about drink-driving or drug-driving, it is often based on a narrative that involves a man, leaving a pub late at night, driving erratically and being stopped by the police. This scenario is sometimes the backdrop to an arrest for drink or drug driving offences. However, more often, the story is quite different.
The morning after the night before
The morning after the night...Read More
In some cases, the police need to take either a blood or urine sample from a driver suspected of drink driving, or driving under the influence of drugs. In almost all instances, the police opt for a blood sample.
Part of the procedure is informing the suspect that they can if they wish request part of the sample for independent testing.
Despite this vital protection being available, a large...Read More
We all know that the use of mobile phones is banned whilst driving.
Or are they?
The answer, according to the High Court’s recent decision in Director of Public Prosecutions v Barreto EWHC 2044 (Admin), is that it depends what you’re doing with it.
What did Mr Barreto do?
Ramsey Barreto was convicted in the Magistrates’ Court of using his phone to film an accident while he was driving. The...Read More
The Government has published new plans to increase road safety. The idea is to make the roads safer for everyone; drivers, passengers and pedestrians . The plans include several changes for people of all ages, and for more specialised drivers like HGV drivers and motorcycle riders.
The Department for Transport has granted funding of £225,000 to Good Egg Safety to develop a training...Read More
Most people know that driving bans may follow for serious road traffic offences or a series of lower-level traffic crimes as a result of ‘totting up’. Few of our clients know that disqualifications can follow in other cases. For example, using a vehicle to facilitate the commission of an offence.
What is the relevant law?
There are two relevant provisions in the Powers of Criminal...Read More
The idea of speed limits causes immense confusion, with many people believing that the speed limit is at least the minimum speed you should ordinarily drive at.
Most of us have experienced the rage of a motorist behind us if we adhere to the limit. A step below it to any degree can often cause outrage.
In reality, however, the safe speed is always linked to the conditions. We need to factor in...Read More
Sentences imposed for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving regularly cause controversy.
In a recent case His Honour Judge Jeremy Richardson QC was faced with the task of sentencing 3 offenders for their part in causing the death of 4 people, and seriously injuring 3 others. All 7 people were travelling in the same car. The main offender Elliot Bower received a total prison...Read More
There has been much ado in the press about police forces undertaking random eyesight checks on motorists and revoking licences at the roadside. So, what are their powers?
Can the police stop me?
Under section 163 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 a police officer in uniform has the power to require a driver of a vehicle on a road to stop. It is an offence to fail to comply with such a request.