Drink-driving is growing increasingly common across the UK and, rightly so, the consequences of being caught drink-driving can be severe.
Tougher punishments will be meted out to those drivers who are convicted of the most serious speeding offences in England and Wales.
A ban on “unsafe lorries” in London, introduced as part of efforts to protect cyclists, has come into force.
The latest idea from a Government desperate to both save money and increase the efficency of the wider criminal justice system is to re-shape the traffic court system in England and Wales by ‘streamlining’ the process and having all motoring matters go to a specialist court where they can be despatched more quickly without clogging up the lists of magistrates’ Courts proper.
I am often asked about the responsibility to reply to notices of intention to prosecute and request for drivers’ details. These notices issued pursuant to Sec 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 require those to whom the notice is addressed to respond within 28 days giving details of the driver of a particular vehicle at a particular time, usually the time being about two seconds after the traffic light turned red or about twenty yards after the speed limit changed from 60 mph to 40 mph. In the first instance the notices are usually sent to the registered keeper, that being the only person or contact the police will have.