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UK Motorists Being Chased For Overseas Driving Offences

Data provided by news firm Thomson Reuters has shown how UK motorists are now being investigated for driving offences committed whilst abroad.

Figures show how in 2017, the UK received 1,903 requests for drivers information in relation to overseas driving offences; an increase of 20% from the previous year.

These requests are likely to be regarding investigations into speeding and drink driving offences.

The data come from Mutual Legal Assistance [“MLA”] requests, a system whereby countries share information about suspected criminal activities across international borders. It is generally used when such information cannot be procured from police forces.

European prosecution authorities have been able to use MLAs since they came into force in 2015, following the EU Cross Border Directive.

Interestingly, the main use of MLAs seems to be in relation to road traffic offences.

With Brexit still lurking, it is unclear whether the UK will still adhere to the system should ties with Europe be cut.

Kevin McCormac, an editor of Wilkinson’s Road Traffic Offences, said: “The use of cross-border information requests has upended the legal risks of speeding abroad – foreign prosecutors can and will hunt you down.

“British drivers can expect no letup as more and more foreign prosecutors make use of the legal frameworks at their disposal.

“It can be tough for British drivers abroad as they are unlikely to know the finer details of local road traffic laws in other countries and, as a result, it can be very easy to be caught out.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Embassies have Racked Up £119 Million In Unpaid Parking Charges

The Mail Online has reported how embassies and diplomats have run up traffic and parking charges of £119 Million, with the US Embassy topping the lost with an outstanding total of £12.6 Million.

The top 5 international offenders are;

USA – £12.6 Million
Japan – £8.6 Million
Nigeria – £7 Million
Russia – £5.7 Million
China – £5.2 Million
Poland – £4.4 Million

The outstanding monies are generally in relation to congestion charges and parking fines. And the galling thing is how the UK may never see a penny of it.

This international loophole comes directly from the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations whereby diplomats are exempt from paying taxes in the country hosting them.

The agreement, signed by the UK, means the embassies have no legal obligation to pay the charges.

Transport For London [“TfL”] have decided to challenge the situation owing to a massive loss in revenue. To put the figure in perspective, in 2018 TfL made £155.9 Million from congestion charge payments alone. The situation is further heightened as, by law, TfL has to reinvest its revenue back into the London transport infrastructure.

TfL’s general manager for road user charging Paul Cowperthwaite said the company continue to request payment from diplomats.

He said: “We are clear that the congestion charge is a charge for a service and not a tax. This means that foreign diplomats are not exempt from paying it.

“We continue to pursue all unpaid congestion charge fees and related penalty charge notices.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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How To Be Convicted For Drink Driving Without Being Over The Limit

Okay, let’s drill this down a bit. A conviction for drink driving in its purest form carries a fine, disqualification, community orders and in the most serious cases, prison. So what we are looking at is a “drink driving” offence, and yes there is a distinction.

Even if you have had half a pint of beer and are clearly under the legal limit, the police can still charge you with an offence should they deem you unfit to drive. Interestingly, this type of offence does not even need evidence from a breathalyser showing you are over the limit.

Mark Tongue, a spokesman for Select Car Leasing, said: “It can be tempting, particularly in the height of summer, to enjoy a drink in a nice pub beer garden before heading home.

“But if that drink makes you impaired in any way, even though you may not be above the legal limit, you could still face heavy consequences.

“If you’re feeling unwell, alcohol can make you excessively drowsy. Meanwhile, some antibiotics, when mixed with alcohol, can cause sickness and dizziness.”

Alcohol reacts differently to each person who consumes it and just one unit can impair the driver’s vision, section or overall control of a vehicle.

It is estimated that around 85,000 people are convicted of drink driving offences each year. Every year more than 60 people are killed in accidents where alcohol was a factor across England and Wales.

A motoring lawyer said: “You have a number of potential offences where you can be charged and convicted without being above the ‘legal limit’.

“Police now tend to use the ‘unfit’ charge when they are in difficulties, perhaps, for example, when the breathalyser machine does not work properly, or if somebody fails to give a specimen for analysis.

“And by reverting to the old charge of being ‘unfit’, the prosecutor at court can simply refer to their demeanour when arrested and the standard of driving.

“It tends to be used as a sort of legal backstop.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Drivers Could Face A Fines Increase As Councils Handed More Powers

MPs have stated how more drivers could be caught and fines if local councils were given more powers, it has been reported.

A recent report by the Transport Committee has highlighted the issues caused by police cuts when it comes to enforcing traffic laws, and their solution is to share enforcement powers with local councils as soon as possible.

This will see more councils following the leads of London and Cardiff where they have been enforcing “moving traffic” offences, such as blocking a box junction.

Although the RAC welcomes the enforcement of traffic laws, it also seems a little cautious of councils using these new powers inconsistently and inappropriately.

The ability for councils to use these powers are nothing new. The Transport Management Act 2004 gave local councils the ability to “police” and enforce and parking, bus lane violations and moving traffic offences.

In London, motorists are fined £130 for blocking a box junction. At one particular box junction some 16,707 enforcement tickets were issued between April 2017 and April 2018. That comes to £2,171,910 from one box junction alone.

Simon Williams, RAC spokesperson, said box junctions are a particularly divisive issue for many drivers, and the move could see a rise in the number of penalty charge notices issued for these offences.

He said: “Many junctions are not set up fairly which leads to drivers having no choice but stop in them, whether due to poor traffic light sequencing, poor design or being used in the wrong place.

“[Drivers] at the front of traffic lights often feel pressured to move on as a result of impatient drivers behind who don’t realise they are being prevented from doing so by the presence of yellow lines.”

He also mentioned concerns it could lead to local authorities being inconsistent in their application of road traffic law, or cash-strapped councils using the new powers as a lucrative revenue stream.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Former Welsh International Pleads Not Guilty In Court

Dean Saunders, former Welsh international footballer and Wrexham manager, has appeared in court to face 2 motoring offences. He entered not guilty pleas to failing to comply with a roadside breath test and failing to provide a specimen of breath at the police station.

Saunders, who lives in Chester was told by the judge how his case would be listed for trial at a later date.

If convicted, Saunders faces a driving ban. The offences can also carry a custodial sentence.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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25% Of Divers Still Think Using A Phone In A Traffic Queue Is Okay

Reports made by the government’s National Travel Attitudes Study (NTAS) has shown how 25% of drivers are still under the impression that using a phone whilst they are in a traffic jam is still okay.

And on the flip side, 75% of drivers think the mobile phone laws are not enforced enough.

Despite campaigns and high profile reported cases, an alarming 6% of drivers claim using a phone behind the wheel is safe, even when the vehicle is moving. I know that doesn’t sound like much but when you equate to 1 in 20 cars on the road then it becomes more unnerving.

Interestingly, 62% believed mobile phone usage, even talking handsfree, was totally unsafe.

Following the report, road safety charity Brake has now called on the government to issue police with greater resources to enforce mobile phone laws.

Brake is making further calls by asking the government to make any phone usage behind the wheel, handsfree or not, to become illegal.

Brake has been very vocal in stating how distracting using a phone behind the wheel is. They have also claimed mobile phones are just as, if not more so, a large factor in the because of road accidents.

Joshua Harris, Brake’s director of campaigns, said the existing rules were giving drivers a “false impression” about phone use.

“Using a phone when behind the wheel can impair you as much as driving drunk so it’s a real concern that one in four people think it’s safe to use their phone when behind the wheel in stationary traffic,” he said. “A car is a lethal weapon and it only takes a moment’s inattention to result in devastating consequences. It’s equally worrying that three-quarters of people feel that the law is not being properly enforced, a situation which may lead some to think they can get away with using their phone behind the wheel.

“Most drivers know that all phone use behind the wheel is dangerous, but we need the law to reflect this by banning the use of hands-free devices. The current law provides a dangerous false impression about the use of phones behind the wheel and must be changed. We also call on the government to invest in roads policing as a priority so that the police have the resources they need to ensure there is a true deterrent to the menace of mobile phone use behind the wheel.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Oxford PhD Student Tried To Cheat Drink Driving Laws

An Oxford PhD student has been convicted of drink driving, despite his best efforts to avoid the charge.

The driver, who is also a presenter on the TV programme 10,000 BC on Channel 5 claimed he had crashed his car on the way home from dinner at Trinity College, as he tried to avoid an animal on the road. Following the accident, his wife came to pick him up and take him home.

The car was spotted a short time later by a member of the public and reported to the police. They soon arrived at the student’s home where his wife let them in, saying they had been expected.

After asking the student if he had been drinking, he told them how he had started “only a few seconds ago”. He also told the police he had drink 2 glasses of wine at the dinner. When the police told him he would be breathalysed he told them to carry on but he was bound to fail. He gave a reading of 78mcg, the legal limit being 35mcg.

The court heard how the student had served in the US army before being discharged with PTSD. The student told the court how the accident had brought on a PTSD episode which could only be combatted with “stress drinking”.

The prosecution dismissed the assertion made the student as to the reason for his drinking after the accident by stating the only reason he had drunk so much was to frustrate the investigation.

The court found the student guilty and sentenced him to be disqualified from driving for 80 weeks, a fine of £660 and to pay costs of £750.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Driving Ban For Drink Driving Alex Best

The former wife of football legend George Best has pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Alex Best was stopped and breathalysed on 6 April 2019, close to her home in Kingswood, Surry.

The court heard how Ms Best had given a reading of 106mcg of alcohol in breath, the legal limit for driving being 35mcg.

The police had been called to a vehicle collision, following concerns that one of the drivers had been drinking.

The court heard how there had been 2 cars in the collision and no-one had been hurt. They also heard how Ms Best and never been in trouble before and to drive on this occasion was a grave mistake.

Ms Best was later disqualified from driving for 2 years and given a 12 month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Calls For Seatbelt Laws To Be Enforced

Reports are in of fresh calls for seatbelt laws in England and Wales to be enforced with penalty points for non wearers.

Only a few of us remember the times when wearing a seatbelt was not a legal requirement of driving. In fact I remember driving in my mum’s car as a child, where there were seatbelts even fitted in the back.

Currently, the penalty for not wearing a seatbelt is a £100 fine, which can increase to £500 should the matter go to court.

When you think about how important wearing a seatbelt is, and how many lives they save, wearing one should be like second nature too us. Hands up who remembers the “Clunk Click Every Trip” campaign.

Direct Line and the Parliamentary Advisory Council For Transport Safety (“PACTS”) are now calling for Great Britain to adopt the same rules as in Northern Ireland and have those drivers not wearing a seatbelt face 3 points on there driving licence.

A poll undertaken by Direct Line showed how 70% of this interviewed would back new seatbelt wearing laws. However, 30% stated that 3 points were not enough and offending drivers should face 6 points, the same as for using amoebae phone behind the wheel.

Road Safety Minister Jesse Norman said he welcomed the research by insurance firm Direct Line, adding that the Government is “actively looking at whether to introduce penalty points”.

Gus Park, managing director of motor insurance at Direct Line, described the introduction of mandatory seat belt wearing 36 years ago as “one of the most effective road safety measures in the history of motoring”.

He went on: “It may not prevent collisions, but it can and does prevent death and serious injury.”

AA president Edmund King said: “It is surprising that drivers haven’t learnt lessons from the most high-profile and tragic car crash case of all-time, where Princess Diana, Dodi Fayad and driver Henri Paul all died without wearing seat belts.

“Bigger fines and penalty points for not wearing seat belts should be introduced as soon as possible to persuade drivers of the importance of belting up.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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I Bet You Didn’t Know This

We like telling you about little known road traffic laws and hope they bring your attention to everyday aspects of driving that may save you from ending up in court.

Did you know that by not indicating when making a manoeuvre could find you with a £2,500 fine and even a driving ban.

This is because not indicating your intentions can put other road users and especially pedestrians at risk, as they don’t know what you are about to do.

There is no specific law of “not indicating” but your actions, or lack of them, could find you facing a charge of careless driving; and in extreme cases, dangerous driving.

One legal commentator stated: “Drivers need to signal their intentions to all road users, and that includes pedestrians.

“Failing to do so may mean a motorist falls below the threshold of being a careful, competent driver and they could be hit with a ‘driving without due care and attention’ charge, or in rarer circumstances even ‘dangerous driving’.

“In some ways, an over eagerness to signal can be just as bad as failing to signal.

“You’ll typically get a driver flashing their lights or physically indicating that it’s okay for someone to make their manoeuvre.

“But you might then get a motorcyclist, who’s filtering through traffic, oblivious to the signal and who’s then put in harm’s way. It’s a scenario we deal with regularly.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

Contact Millars Solicitors