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Understanding new fines for speeding offences

With the introduction of new fines for speeding offences on April 24th 2017, the risks are greater than ever if you are convicted of driving at substantially more than the speed limit for the relevant road. Under the old rules, fines for speeding offences ranged from a minimum of three penalty poin

Mobile Phones and Driving

The penalties for talking on the phone and driving can be severe, especially for newly qualified drivers. Driving whilst on the phone with your hand off the wheel to hold the device, will typically result in a £200 fine and six penalty points. If your case is taken to court, you face a potential ban and a fine of up to £1,000, or £2,500 for lorry and bus drivers; there's a further possible £1,000 fine and six-month ban for repeat offenders.

Motorist Loses Parking Ticket Appeal

The Supreme Court has dismissed a motorist’s appeal against a fine imposed by a car park. Barry Beavis objected to an £85 ticket imposed after exceeding a two hour parking limit by nearly one hour. After the Court of Appeal dismissed his challenge, he took the case to the Supreme Court. It was held in Beavis –v- ParkingEye that the issue depended upon whether the fine imposed was to be treated as a penalty. Penalties need to be calculate…

Parking ticket ruled legal

The Supreme Court has passed judgement in a case concerning the legality of an £85 ticket for breaking a two hour parking limit. In the case of Beavis -v- ParkingEye, the Supreme Court ruled that the charge did not amount to a penalty. Although ParkingEye did not incur any loss from the overstay, it was held that the fine was valid because it permits control to the parking area in the public interest. The Supreme Court held that the mechanism …

Increased Maximum Fines

The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into force on the 12 March 2015. Motoring offences are the subject of a number of grades of fines depending upon the gravity of the offence in question. The most serious matters attract a Level 5 fine and there is no maximum amount that can be imposed, as compared to the previous maximum figure of £5,000. It is anticipated that other levels of fines may be increased in the futu…

New laws governing driving with excess drugs

Since the 2 March 2015 it has been an offence to drive a motor vehicle with a concentration of a specified controlled drug above a specified level. The police can only test for three drugs at this stage, Cannabinoids, Benzodiazepines and cocaine. There is a screening test at the roadside and if the result is positive, a suspect will be arrested. At the police station, a sample of blood will be required and it is an offence to refuse without go…

Brian Koffman comments for the Daily Telegraph

Brian Koffman has been asked to comment for the Daily Telegraph in relation to a decision of the High Court to quash a DVLA decision to revoke the driving licence of a 78-year old woman who had caused an accident. the High Court ruled that there was no medical evidence to support DVLA's assertion that "age related cognitive impairment" rendered the lady unfit to drive. Indeed, there was clear evidence that she did not suffer from this ailment. …