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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.”

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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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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.

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UK Drivers STILL Using Mobile Phones Behind The Wheel

A new survey, conducted by Vantage Leasing, has shown how almost 2.5 million drivers think it is still acceptable to use their mobile phone when behind the wheel of a vehicle.

This continuing trend flies in the face of Department of Transport reports showing how every year there are 400 accidents on the roads in the UK where using a mobile phone has been a contributory factor.

In an effort to combat mobile phone usage, 2017 saw the introduction of new laws that increased the penalty for offending drivers rise from 3 penalty points to 6 and a fine of £200.

James Buttrick of Vantage Leasing said: “Driving while using a mobile phone causes more than one accident a day in the UK, so it is worrying that a sizeable number of Brits think it is acceptable.

“Indeed, it only takes a split second while texting or talking on a mobile phone for the driver to become distracted, with particularly devastating consequences.”

Of those polled, 20% backed a custodial sentence for the offence whereas 25% suggested the penalty should increase from 6 points to 9.

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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Fight Against Moped Gangs Sees Public Support In Protecting Police

Over the past year or so, the Internet has been full of footage where police have used their vehicles to ram offenders riding mopeds. This practice has caused a real split in the public as some are for the hard tactics and others see the police as acting in a criminally dangerous way.

There are now plans to change the law to support the police in their actions amid rumours how current rules are undermining the police in their war against moped gangs.

The Home Office has carried out a public consultation on proposals to introduce a new high legal evidential test for police officers facing possible criminal allegations following a high-speed pursuit. This would mean the police response driver’s expert training would be taken into account should criminal proceedings be brought against them, following such a pursuit.

Currently, all emergency services drivers, responding to a 999 incident, are exempt from prosecutions for offences such as speeding, running a red light and traffic sign violations. However, the same legal test for offences of careless driving and dangerous driving are applied in the same way to police officers as they are to the general public.

The changes, which the home office have stated were backed by the “overwhelming majority” of respondents to its consultation will aim to:

Introduce a new legal test so that an officer’s driving is compared to that of a competent and careful police driver with the same level of training performing the same role, rather than a member of the public;

Apply to all police officers trained to response driver level as well as advanced driver level, therefore covering those pursuing criminals and also emergency police responders;

the various emergency service exemptions to traffic law will be reviewed.

Said Javed, the Home Secretary stated: “It’s vital police officers feel confident and protected when pursuing suspects on the roads or responding to an emergency.

“It’s also crucial that we send a clear message that criminals – whether in cars or on mopeds – cannot escape arrest simply by driving recklessly.

“These proposed changes will strike the right balance – giving trained officers the confidence they need to fight crime effectively and ensure our roads are safe.”

Unsurprisingly, the plans have been welcomed by the Police Federation for England and Wales, who represent 119,000 serving police officers. They have been campaigning for such a change for a long time.

Chairman John Apter said: “It is good that Her Majesty’s Government has agreed to this much-needed change in legislation to reflect police driver training.

“This is a positive step and something we have long been campaigning for.

“Sadly, it comes too late for many police officers who have been investigated and had their lives turned upside-down, facing lengthy court proceedings for simply doing the job they have been trained to do.

“It is important that when police officers are required to use their training to protect society, they can do so with the confidence that the law is on their side.

“What now needs to happen is meaningful action – we need the Government to be bold, prioritise this issue, find the Parliamentary time to do so, and fulfil its promise to police officers and the public.”

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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6 Month Driving Ban For Beckham

David Beckham has admitted using a mobile phone whilst driving and has been banned for 6 months.

Mr Beckham pleaded guilty to the offence at Bromley Magistrates’ Court and also received a £750 fine and was ordered to pay £100 in costs.

The court heard how Mr Beckham had already accrued 6 penalty points on his driving licence and the further 6 points for the new offence meant he was sentenced as a “totter” for now having 12 points on his licence.

The case was brought against Mr Beckham after a complaint made by a member of the public who saw him driving his car in November 2018.

“Instead of looking straight forward, paying attention to the road, he appeared to be looking at his lap,” prosecutor Matthew Spratt told the court.

“[The witness] says that the defendant was operating a handheld device at knee level. At that moment a photograph was taken.

“The defendant was holding the mobile phone in the upright position.”

Speaking in Beckham’s defence, lawyer Gerrard Tyrell claimed that his client had no memory of infringing the law against using telephones or other electronic devices while driving but would still plead guilty.

“There is no excuse for what took place but his view is as he cannot remember… he’s going to plead guilty and that’s what he’s done,” he explained.

Last year Mr Beckham avoided a speeding prosecution when the Notice of Intended Prosecution (“NIP”) was served out of time.

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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Police Super Weapon Against Mobile Phone Driving

Reports are in as to how 2 police forces are planning house roadside equipment which will detect if a driver is using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Thames Valley and Hampshire Police issued a joint statement as to how the equipment will be used as an “enforcement tool”.

Officers have also said the equipment is aimed at raising awareness to the dangers of using a mobile phone whilst driving.

The equipment, developed by Norfolk based company Westcotec, works by detecting 2G, 3G and 4G signals. If the sensors register a driving is making a call, sending a text, or using data within a vehicle a sign will flash ahead of them at the side of the road.

The police say the equipment will not engage should the driver be using a hands free system, however, it will not be able to distinguish between a passenger using their phone and the driver.

Westcotec managing director Chris Spinks said: “Our system is designed to provide intelligence to police officers so that they can carry out enforcement activity in order to reduce the amount of people who are using mobile phones illegally 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 07855 806119.

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£1,000 Fine For Paying At McDonalds Drive Thru With Your Phone? – Could Be

It has recently been discussed how a driver, paying at a takeaway drive thru with their phone could see them ending up with a £1,000 and 6 penalty points.

WTF? I hear you cry, but a strict application of the law could see that happen.

It has been 2 years since the new laws for using a mobile phone behind the wheel were introduced. However, drivers in the UK seem reluctant to put their phones down, despite numerous reported and avoidable tragedies caused by drivers being distracted by their phones.

Being caught using your mobile phone behind the wheel, with the engine running can mean a £200 fine and 6 penalty points. If your driving is deemed to be careless the this can lead to a court appearance and a potential £1,000 f you are convicted.

For new drivers who have passed their test within the last 2 years, an offence like this can lead to am immediate driving ban.

One legal commentator stated: “The legislation is not limited to using a mobile for making calls and texts – it is illegal to operate a mobile telephone, in any way, which detracts from the driver’s attention to the road.

“This includes checking social media, or playing and changing music. And it may also include using a mobile telephone to make contactless payments at a drive-through restaurant.

“Put simply, touching a mobile phone whilst the vehicle’s engine is running, could, on a strict interpretation of the law, amount to a criminal offence.

“To avoid falling foul of the law, drivers should switch off their vehicle’s engine and apply the handbrake prior to using their mobile phone at any time.”

Rod Dennis, RAC spokesman, said: “Every driver should always ensure they are parked and have their engine switched off before using a handheld phone – anything else could land them in trouble, even if they are in a car park, drive-thru or petrol forecourt.”

The best advice is to turn your phone off before getting in your car and do not turn it on until you are out again and your junky is over.

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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Moving For An Ambulance? – Follow The Highway Code

The moment we hear the ambulance sirens and see the flashing blue lights, out automatic response is to get our cars out of the way and the let it through. But doing in the wrong way can get you in a whole load of trouble and face big fine.

And it is not just ambulances, but also police and fire brigade vehicles also.

Thankfully, those lovely people at the RAC have published some guidance on how to let the emergency service through and still keep out of trouble.

Rule 219 of the Highway Code states: “You should look and listen for ambulances, fire engines, police, doctors or other emergency vehicles using flashing blue, red or green lights and sirens or flashing headlights, or Highways Agency Traffic Officer and Incident Support vehicles using flashing amber lights.

“When one approaches do not panic. Consider the route of such a vehicle and take appropriate action to let it pass, while complying with all traffic signs.

“If necessary, pull to the side of the road and stop, but try to avoid stopping before the brow of a hill, a bend or narrow section of road.

“Do not endanger yourself, other road users or pedestrians and avoid mounting the kerb.

“Do not brake harshly on approach to a junction or roundabout, as a following vehicle may not have the same view as you.”

Even when you are doing you best to move out of the way, the rules of the road still apply. Should you find yourself going through a red light or entering a bus lane, you may still find yourself facing a fine and points.

The RAC stated: “The key is not to panic and always stay alert when driving.

“Resist temptation to stop in the middle of the road – this could block the route for the emergency vehicle – or to jump up the kerb.

“Keep driving until there’s a suitable place to pull over and use your common sense to avoid coming into conflict with other road users.

“It is important that people are aware of this advice so they can ensure they take the correct action when encountering an emergency services vehicle.

“If people panic and do not obey traffic laws, this could result in an incident which could endanger more lives or further impede the emergency service from getting through.”

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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Part Worn Tyres? Don’t Buy Them, Say Experts

Research by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has shown how drivers who buy part work tyres are risking their safety and a whopping fine if caught.

Many drivers think buying part worn tyres are a great money saving exercise, with on tin 5 admitting the practice and 10% stating they would do it again.

However, what these drivers need to realise is they are facing a potential £2,500 fine and 6 penalty points as 62% of those polled did not now the legal limit for tyre tread and the risk of buying tyres close to or beyond that point.

A survey by the AA showed how 40% of drivers were unaware that new tyres have 8mm of tread depth and second hand tyres can be sold with as little as 2mm. That leaves these second hand tyres with merely 0.4mm of tread before they need to be legally changed.

The AA also found that 21% of drivers thought all second have tyres sold in the UK needed to comply with legal requirements, but 98% of those sale do not. They can be unsafe for a number of reasons other than shallow tread. For the average driver, spotting internal defects, bulges and poor puncture repairs are extremely difficult.

A third of drivers declared how they thought part worn tyres were better value than new ones and a further 7% believed they were just as safe as new ones.

James Fairclough of the AA said: “It’s clear that a number of prevailing myths about part-worns continue to underpin their sales.

“The safety case for buying new instead of used tyres is well-documented but it’s important that drivers understand the argument that part-worns offer better value for money is a fallacy, too.

“Second-hand tyres might be cheaper, but the tread left on these tyres is typically less, meaning you’ll be looking for more replacements in no time at all. It’s also worth considering that a large proportion of the second-hand stock in the UK fails to meet the minimum legal safety standards.

“It’s often hard to discern whether tyres are up to scratch, so a few simple checks can put your mind at ease – like the ‘20p test’.

“This helps to establish at a glance the depth of tread left on the tyres as the tread should be above the outer band of the coin when a 20p piece is inserted between the treads of the tyre.

“If you see any bumps or bulges in the sidewall of the tyre, it’s important that you don’t drive the car as these tyres aren’t roadworthy and can be very dangerous. Check your car’s tyres regularly and keep them properly inflated to make them as safe as possible.”

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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4 Speeders caught Every Minute Figures Reveal

Research just published by the RAC has shown how 4 speeding drivers are caught every minute on Britain’s roads.

The research showed how drivers were 160 times more like to be caught speeding in some parts of the UK compared to others.

For example, Avon & Somerset Police recorded over 200,000 speeders in 2017/18, compared with their colleagues in neighbouring Wiltshire who recorded just 1,191.

The remaining police forces in the top 5, after Avon & Somerset, were; West Yorkshire, Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley and Greater Manchester.

The research was conducted by Dr Adam Snow of Liverpool John Moores University and found that speeding offences had risen by 4% when compared with the previous year; an astronomical 2,292,536 recorded speeders or 4 drivers caught every minute. Just imagine the fines income from that.

RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said factors such as geographical area, road type and traffic volume explain some of the different figures recorded by forces, but “a lot of it will come down to the local policing priorities”.

He said: “It is the job of police and crime commissioners, and chief constables, to target resources appropriately, recognising the issues of greatest local concern.

“Changes and variations in the numbers of offences detected will reflect not just driver behaviour but also the extent of enforcement activity in any one year.

“Drivers tempted to flout the law should recognise that any targeted crackdown on speeding to curtail risky behaviour could swiftly be repeated if those reckless attitudes start to re-emerge.”

Here are the top 5 police force areas and the number of speeding drivers caught in 2017/18:

1. Avon and Somerset 199,337
2. West Yorkshire 174,796
3. Metropolitan Police (including City of London) 139,318
4. Thames Valley 131,401
5. Greater Manchester 101,421

In contrast, here are the lowest areas:

1. Wiltshire 1,191
2. Durham 8,802
3. Derbyshire 10,480
4. Cleveland 11,308
5. Kent 18,878

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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