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You Need To Be Aware Of These Proposed Motoring Law Changes For 2020

Nothing screams Happy New Year like than more laws for the motorist but here are some of the proposed laws you need to be aware of for the coming year.

Clean Air Zones

Historically, London has been the only city in the UK with a clean air zone, charging drivers go high polluting cars £12.50 per day. However, plans are afoot to bring similar clean air zones into other cities around the UK. It has been reported how Birmingham and Leeds are planning to roll out strict clean air zones around specified locations, forcing drivers to pay up to £50 per day to travel through them.

Low emission legislation is tipped to be rolled out towards the end of 2020, with Manchester and Newcastle vying to lower their carbon footprints. Bristol has reported how it intends to ban diesel cars entirely in certain areas by 2021.

Brexit

As we get ever closer to breaking away from Europe, drivers need to be aware that, in the event of a no deal brexit, they will need to obtain a special international driving licence before settling off abroad.

It has also been suggested how motorists may need an insurance green card to drive abroad.

Mobile Phone Use

Following a landmark case last year where a driver escaped prosecution for using a mobile phone behind the wheel, the government are looking to tighten up on the law in this area.

The driver’s defence had been he was to using the mobile phone for the purpose of interactive communication, as the current law describes. Reports are how this loophole will be closed by spring of 2020.

Motorway Driving Lessons

Learner drivers have always been kept off motorways, however, proposed changes will allow them access as long as they are with a driving instructor and the car has dual controls.

This means driving instructor can offer motorway lessons as part of their services, however, there are no current plans to make motorway driving part of the practical test.

New Drivers

With 20% of new drivers (under 2 years passed) being reported as having a collision, tougher safeguards are being proposed. Northen Ireland has recently run a pilot scheme for graduated licences and night time curfews which has proved a success. Rumours are that such a system will be introduced for the rest of the UK, including a restriction on the number of passengers a newly qualified driver is allowed to carry.

Pavement Parking

Currently, London is the only area where there is a total ban on pavement parking. However, the Transport Committee has called for a blanket ban on the practice owing to its negative consequences and the issues it causes those with physical and visual impairments.

Chair of the Transport Committee, Lilian Greenwood, said: “In the long-term, we believe the Government should ban pavement parking across England—as is already the case in London.

“Local authorities could create exemptions if they choose to do so, but drivers would know that unless it was expressly permitted it was illegal to park their car on the pavement.”

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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.

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Nurses Are Risking Their Lives When Driving Home Tired After Long Shifts

Following the deaths of 2 nurses earlier this month, there are grave concerns how nurses are putting themselves at risk by driving home tired after working long shifts.

In fact, results of a new study state how 80% of those nurses interviewed were so tired they could not remember their journeys home. 96% of them said they felt stressed when driving back from work at night and 58% of them didn’t have time to take their allocated break, as required by law.

Dr Michael Farquhar, a Consultant in Sleep Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Employers have a requirement to provide an uninterrupted break, however, in practice we know that staffing shortages can mean that health and care staff are unable to take breaks, eat or even or drink during their shift.“

He continued: “Working long shifts, often under considerable pressure, inevitably leads to fatigue, especially when that work is being carried out overnight.

“Fatigue not only increases the risk of harm to our patients, but it puts every single member of staff driving home after a long night shift at significantly increased risk of a road traffic accident.

“The levels of fatigue commonly seen after a normal NHS nightshift produce a similar effect on driving as if we are at or over the legal drink-drive limit.”

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.

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61 Drivers Over 6 Days Arrested in Shropshire

Figures released by West Mercia police have shown how they arrested 61 drivers for either drink and / or drug related driving offences over 6 days running up to Christmas.

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: “It’s extremely frustrating that some motorists still choose to drive under the influence of drink or drugs in the knowledge that their actions could kill or seriously injure themselves or others.

“Drink or drug driving is completely unacceptable at any time and catching motorists who are prepared to take such a deplorable risk is a priority not just for West Mercia but for every police force in the UK.

“Sadly the winter drink and drug driving campaign will result in many motorists being arrested and placed before the courts for these offences.

“My advice is the same as always; do not drink or drug drive, your actions could kill.”

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 07732 054827.

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Fines For Mobile Phone Usage Down By 27%

There are some who say this huge drop in fines for drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel is a triumph of new sentencing powers and others are saying it is because there are less police on the roads to enforce the law.

Figures show how in 2018 some 38,600 fixed penalty tickets were handed to drivers for the offence when compared with 53,000 the year before.

AA president Edmund King said: “It is good to see the number of hand-held mobile phone offences drop by more than a quarter, but we must not be complacent as often drivers are still spotted using phones at the wheel.

“Only a fifth of drivers say there is a visible police presence on their local roads, so a more prominent presence would help to deter the use of hand-held mobiles and texting at the wheel.”

Mr King went on: “The majority of the 2.1 million speeding offences were caught by cameras. Whilst cameras are a useful tool available to forces to help enforce the law, roads policing cannot be carried out by cameras alone.

“There has clearly been a targeted effort by forces to stamp out people not wearing a seat belt, as the number of fines and points issued is at a two-year high. There is no excuse for not belting up as it can save your life and the lives of others.

“For more than a decade the number of specialist road traffic officers has reduced by a third, so we need more cops in cars to tackle bad behaviour as well as continued high profile and memorable road safety campaigns.”

Philip Gomm of the RAC Foundation said: “The drop in mobile phone use offences could simply reflect shifting priorities across the 43 police forces of England and Wales, with constabularies focusing resources on other types of offending.”

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 07732 054827.

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500 Drivers Tested In Cumbria The First 2 Weeks Of December

Cumbria police have released information showing how they tested 500 drivers for drink and / or drugs during the first 2 weeks of December.

Out of the 500 tests, 18 drivers were arrested.

Superintendent Carl Patrick said: “I want the public to know that we take this offending extremely seriously – and will do all we can to keep the roads safe.

“Those tempted to drink drive or drive under the influence of drugs should also take notice of the number of drivers we are testing.

“If you think you can risk driving after a few drinks, then think again.

“Our officers are out there and you stand a good chance of being caught.”

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: “Drink and drug driving is a senseless and selfish act and anyone caught doing so will be prosecuted.

“This time of year is supposed to be a happy, safe time for families, friends and colleagues to get together, celebrate and enjoy their time together.

“Drink and drug driving puts this at risk and could make this time of year a really negative time.

“Please don’t get behind the wheel intoxicated; always have a sober driver and get home safely this Christmas.”

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 07732 054827.

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Speeding Is The Most Detected Motoring Offence

It has been reported how 84% of all detected motoring offences is speeding.

In 2018/2019 some 2.39 million motorists were caught speeding, which ws a 4% increase on the year before.

And working out some more figures, if everyone received a fixed penalty notice and paid the £100 fine, it would equate to £239,000,000 paid by the UK motorist. That’s a lot of revenue going somewhere.

The vast majority (97%) of those drivers caught were done so by speed camera.

RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said: “The simple rule for drivers who don’t want to risk ending up with a speeding ticket is not to break the limit in the first place.

“Where limits are properly signposted and clearly feel right for the road in question, motorists have no excuse for going faster.

“But that means highway authorities also have a responsibility to make sure the limits they set are appropriate and to avoid instances where the limit repeatedly bounces up and down along a single stretch.”

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 07732 054827.

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Driver Banned With Evidence They Posted On Their Own Facebook Page

A driver has been banned from driving following video evidence of them filming a young boy dancing on the front seat in a moving car. And the only reason the driver got caught was that she posted the video on her own Facebook page.

The video was spotted on Facebook and some viewers made complaints to the police over what they saw.

During the thirty second clip, the driver can be heard laughing, singing along and shouting “show us your moves”, all from the driving seat whilst the car is moving.

When the police finally tracked her down, she initially refused to answer any questions about the incident and pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving. However, on the day of trial, she changed her plea to one of guilty.

She was sentenced to six months custody, suspended for 12 months and banned from driving for a year. She was also ordered to undertake twenty hours of unpaid work and pay £115 as a victim surcharge.

The court heard how the boy was not sitting on a child seat and although he was wearing an adult eaglet, it was only around his waist.

In sentencing, the Judge said: “Anything could have happened whilst your attention was away from the road. He could have gone through the windscreen, so could you.”

The court also heard how the driver had three previous drink driving-related convictions, one for careless driving and one for failing to stop after an accident.

Following sentencing, Road Policing Officer Mark Patterson, from North Yorkshire Police, labelled White’s driving “highly irresponsible and incredibly dangerous”.

He said: “As the footage clearly shows, Miss White’s driving that day was highly irresponsible and incredibly dangerous and it’s only through sheer luck she wasn’t involved in a serious collision.

“Her blatant disregard for the safety of the child and traffic laws could have ended tragically and the consequences of her actions had she of lost control of her vehicle doesn’t bear thinking about.

“I’d like to thank the member of the public who reported this incident to us and I hope this message sends a clear message that this type of reckless behaviour will not be tolerated on our roads.”

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 07732 054827.

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Cut Your Drink Driving Limit, Say Scots

It has now been 5 years since Scotland reduced its drink driving limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg. England and Wales remain at the 80mg limit, one of the highest drink driving limits in Europe. Only Malta has the same limit.

A survey conducted by AlcoSense found how 4 out of 5 Scots thought England and Wales should lower their drink driving limit to 50mg and come into line with them.

Interestingly, a third of those interviewed went further and thought the drink driving limit should be reduced to zero, in line with countries such as Hungary, Russia and the Czech Republic.

Figures also showed how two thirds of Scottish drivers would now not consider driving even after having a single drink.

“Based on these findings, the number of drivers on Scottish roads with alcohol in their system has significantly reduced”, comments Hunter Abbott, Managing Director of AlcoSense Laboratories.

“The risk of being in a fatal accident increases exponentially as blood alcohol levels rise – even if you are below the drink drive limit.

“With just 10mg (0.10‰BAC) of alcohol in your blood (one fifth of the Scottish limit) you are 37% more likely to be involved in a fatal crash*. Being under the legal limit does not mean unimpaired.

“With so many Scottish motorists converting to driving with no alcohol in their system at all, the roads are safer than before the law change.

“Motorists should either abstain completely or use an accurate personal breathalyser to check they are clear the following morning. Our top range products use the same fuel cell sensor as several UK and European police forces.

“However, although most Scottish motorists have adjusted their habits and now drive when completely clear of alcohol, the number of drink drive prosecutions has stayed relatively consistent over the last five years.

“This is because there will always be a hard core of motorists who drive under the influence, no matter what the law says – whether due to ignorance, arrogance, or social and addiction issues.

“The limit change will not have an effect on these drivers until they are caught – which requires the return of greater Police numbers, more breath tests and a well-funded and consistent anti-drink drive awareness campaign”.

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 07732 054827.

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Taxi Drivers Could Now Face On The Spot Drug Tests

It has been reported how Redditch taxi drivers may well be facing on the spot drug tests in the future under council proposals to tighten up licensing regulations.

The current method of testing taxi drivers has currently been put out to consultation and the response is thought to contain a number of changes.

Currently, Redditch taxi drivers need to pass an examination, which includes a drug test by a Redditch Borough Council approved medical practitioner. This test is then repeated every 5 years until the driver is 65, following which they are tested every year. Should the driver fail the medical test, the council can either suspend or revoke that driver’s taxi licence.

Some thoughts have been whether the 5 year test should only apply to those drivers between the age of 45 and 65, and whether the drug tests would be carried out with little or nor warning, or even on the spot.

Simon Wilkes, head of Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) which provides licensing services to the council, said: “As licence holders driving paying passengers on public roads, it’s important to assess that drivers are medically fit to drive hackney carriage and private hire vehicles.

“How that is done in Redditch is now under review, and the council is keen to hear from all interested parties on the proposed changes.”

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 07732 054827.

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Text From The Passenger Seat Could Get You 6 Points

Yep, you read it right. We should all know by now of the dangers brought on my using mobile phones whilst we are driving. It is not that long ago when a number of high profile cases where drivers, using mobiles behind the wheel, caused the deaths of other road users. Following on from these cases, the law was changed and the penalty for being caught using a mobile phone behind the wheels increased to £200 and 6 penalty points.

Most people would think fair enough for those actually driving, but what about for people sat in the passenger seat?

Well, the answer is, if you are supervising a learner driver you take on the same responsibilities as if you were driving yourself. Therefore, if you are caught texting, or using your phone whilst you are sat beside a learner driver, you could well find yourself on the wrong side of the law and paying a hefty fine.

IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, Neil Greig, stated: “Supervising a learner actually puts you in the driving seat so legally you must treat it in the same way as if you were behind the wheel.

“Learning to drive is stressful enough without a passenger beside you who is more worried about posting than parking.”

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 07732 054827.

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