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Drivers Could Face £70 Fine For Parking On Pavement

It has been reported that the Department for Transport is considering launching a fine system for motorists who park on pavements.

The thought behind the new fine is to encourage people to walk by removing potential obstructions on pavements.

It has been reported in The Times that in a recent cycling and walking investment strategy, minsters for the Department of Transport plan to extend a 40 year old London by-law right across England.

The move is expected to make it illegal to park on pavements unless local councils allow motorists permission to mount the kerb.

Currently in London, these exemptions are shown by bay markings or blue parking signs. In other parts of the country parking on the pavement is generally allowed subject to other restrictions or double yellow lines.

In February 2016, Leicester Council received so many complaints about pavement parking that they plan to use a marked bay system as in London. Those who ignore the bays and flout the law are likely to receive a £70 fine.

Road safety campaigners have been quick to welcome the plane however, motoring organisations have suggested that alternative parking solutions must be put in place.

“The concern would be that local authorities will be able to ban pavement parking without looking at the consequences,” Edmund King, president of the AA, told The Times.

“Getting rid of pavement parking is fine but only if you then remove some redundant double-yellow lines to create space elsewhere,” he added.

Councils have been able to ban pavement parking since 2011 by using special regulation orders. These new regulations would make a blanket ban across the country and councils having to mark where there are exceptions.

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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WATCH Drink Driving Eddie Stobart Driver Reverse Up M6 Toll

An Eddie Stobart driver has been court facing charges of dangerous driving and drink driving offences after being caught reversing up the M6 Toll Road 10 times.

This alarming piece of driving was caught on CCTV and it shows the lorry zig zagging across all 3 lanes, narrowly missing the motor way users.

By more luck than judgement, the lorry did not hit anyone but did manage to reverse some 800 metres before the police arrived and put a stop to it.

The driver of the lorry called Mr Formanek, from the Czech Republic, had been on a delivery from Eastern Europe to the UK before the incident occurred.

Following the incident he was immediately sacked by Eddie Stobart.

He appeared at Stafford Crown Court and was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for dangerous driving, 4 months imprisonment for drink driving, to run concurrently; and a 12 month ban from driving, also requiring a re test.

Eddie Stobart’s chief operating officer David Pickering said: “Following a very swift internal investigation into this incident, the driver was identified as part of our European operation on a delivery from the Czech Republic to the UK.

“He was immediately dismissed. We have fully supported the Central Motorway Police Group in their investigation and completely endorse their quick and decisive action in response to this individual’s appalling and criminal actions.”

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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Self Driving Cars Not Ready For Roads

Despite Google and other technology companies investing large amounts into driverless cars, engineers and safety campaigners have told the US Government that they are just not safe enough yet. The issue has come about in the light of reports over unsolved technical issues which are causing a lot of concern despite the companies’ push for faster government approval.

It has been reported that a trade association for auto manufacturers has called for caution with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and that a slower approach to them delivering their driverless vehicle regulations will be better. The decision to produce the new regulations was made in January 2016 with a promise from officials to have it completed by July 2016.

Paul Scullion, the Safety Manager at the Association of Global Automakers stated that there are risks in the Government deviating from their usual timescale and process of issuing regulations and standards.

He added that issuing such regulations normally takes around 8 years and whereas guidance is open to interpretation by being more general in its terms, regulations are both strict and enforceable.

“While this process is often time-consuming, these procedural safeguards are in place for valid reasons,” Scullion said.

The Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mark Rosekind stated that the agency cannot deal with the usual timeframes as the technology exists and is already being used on the roads. The technology that he highlighted included automatic braking and lane controls.

He added: “Everybody asks, ‘When are they going to be ready?’ I keep saying they’re not coming; they are here now.”

On the issue of Federal instructions Rosekind continued: “People are just going to keep putting stuff out on the road with no guidance on how do we do this the right way.”

It was further emphasised that driverless technologies are “game changing” and have the potential effect of making the roads safer and saving thousands of lives.

It should be noted that President Obama has recently announced a 10 year, $3.9 billion plan for automated technologies including the large scale deployment of driverless vehicles.

Footballer Accused Of Drink Driving Assaults 2 PCs And Jumps From Car Park

At around 4.25am on January 3 2015 police attended at a Manchester City centre car park after they had received a tip off about a drink driver.

The information they received was that semi professional footballer, Daniel Lafferty had been drinking and was about to drive off in a car. However, when the police tried to arrest him he lade a violent bid to escape their clutches and ended up jumping from the 25 ft high car park.

However, Lafferty, who plays for Northern Premiere League team Radcliffe Borough, was quickly apprehended after his bid to escape.

Magistrates in the Manchester court heard how the 26 year old had forced his way out of the police vehicle, assaulted the 2 officers and vaulted out of the car park.

An argument put forward by his legal team, averring that his drinks had been spiked has meant that Lafferty has walked free from court.

The court were told that Lafferty refused to give a sample of breath at the side of the car and managed to escape. During the struggle 1 police officer was left with an injured ankle and the other was struck in the mouth.

Prosecuting, Tess Kenyon stated that although Lafferty disappeared for a short time he was soon picked up by CCTV operators and arrested.

At court he admitted 2 counts of assaulting a police officer, failing to provide a specimen, and police obstruction.

He was sentenced to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay compensation to the police officers.

The court heard that Lafferty had a drink driving conviction from 2011 and disqualified him from driving for 3 years.

Lafferty was warned that the Magistrates had considered sending him to prison.

Mrs Claire Corster, defending, said her client, who was employed as a roofer, was convinced that his drinks had been spiked in the hotel.

“He is totally gutted and ashamed of his behaviour of which he has no recollection.”

Mrs Corster said following his arrest he had spent two days in hospital with a serious injury to his ribs and cuts and bruising. The court also told him he would have to pay costs of £145.

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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Accident Victim Backs Bike Safety Campaign

Freddy Lindup was just 23 when he was knocked off his bike by a 4×4 vehicle on his way to work.

Freddy was travelling to start his nightshift when the 4×4 pulled out of a junction and he ended up hitting the front wing of the car and being catapulted over the top and onto the road.

“I couldn’t avoid the collision and T-bones the four by four.” Said Freddy, now 27.

Because of the accident his knee and leg was smashed, he had fractures to both arms and he ended up having his spleen removed.

He spent a week in hospital and further 4 weeks bed bound recovering from his injuries. He ended up losing his job and has been told that he cannot lift any heavy objects.

However, it is not only the physical injuries but also the psychological distress caused by the accident. Since the accident has has not managed to get back on a motorbike.

“I loved my bike but I couldn’t get back on one again,” he said.

Freddy is now backing a national campaign to make drivers of cars more aware of motorbikes on the road. It should be noted that Shropshire Council, local to Freddy, is also backing the campaign.

Since the road safety charity Think! launched their first motorbike campaign some 15 years ago, there has been a reduction in motorbike accidents and fatalities. However, visibility is still seen to be the biggest issue for the the safety of motorcyclists. Figures from the Department of Transport show that the most common reason for accidents caused by drivers is them not looking properly and some 30 motorcyclists are either killed or injured at road junctions every day.

Anna Higgins, communications manager at the Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia said: “This time of year is popular with motorcyclists, as the weather starts to improve and the nights get lighter. However, unfortunately the reality is that bikers are still over-represented in road traffic collisions.

“Over the past three years in Warwickshire and West Mercia, there have been 36 fatalities and 481 serious injuries following collisions involving motorcycles. We support many campaigns that aim to improve the safety of motorcyclists on the road. As well as encouraging motorists to take longer to look for bikes and to look out for bikes at junctions, we encourage motorcyclists to make themselves as safe as possible by riding safely, wearing correct protective and visible gear, and thinking about further training which may help them to become more confident, competent riders.”

Dangerous Driving Allegation Reduced To Careless Driving

Some recent news direct from Millars Solicitors when Carl Millar represented a client on the 21st March 2016 when he was charged with dangerous driving.

Carl was able to persuade the Crown Prosecution Service to discontinue the allegation of dangerous driving on the basis that our client accepted the lesser charge of careless driving.

The Facts Of The Case

The facts of the case where that the client was exiting a rail station car park with a passenger. This was potentially an aggravating feature of the case as it could be argued by the Crown Prosecution Service that the client had also put his passenger at risk. The Crown’s case was that the client had mounted the curb belonging to the railway station and that the client had also driven into a worker at the railway station. The client accepted that he had mounted the curb but denied driving into the worker at the railway station.

What Is Dangerous Driving?

The legal definition of dangerous driving is that the standard of driving is far below that of a reasonable and competent driver. The definition of careless driving is whether the standard of driving is below that of a reasonable and competent driver. The definitions are very similar and there is a fine line between the offence of careless driving and that of dangerous driving.

Where possible, it is always worthwhile trying to persuade the prosecutor to accept the lesser offence as disqualification can be avoided in the circumstances. A disqualification will always follow a conviction of dangerous driving, possible community penalty, possible custodial sentence and there will also be an extended re-test.

The Result

The client was extremely pleased with the outcome as his sentence was restricted to 3 penalty points and a £210 fine. The client was relieved as he had genuine concerns that he may face a custodial sentence despite our best reassurances.

If you are charged with an offence of dangerous driving, then please contact the team at Millars Solicitors on 0800 999 5535 or you can contact Carl Millar directly on 07990 064 995.

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.

Contact Millars Solicitors

MPs Call For More Average Speed Cameras

Following recent reports of a drop on motoring offenders being caught, MPs of the Transport Select Committee have called for more average speed cameras on Britain’s roads.

Over the past 10 years there has been a dramatic reduction in the amount of reports motoring law offences and this has been put down to a drop of specialist road traffic police on duty which has been put down to budgetary constraints.

The Committee has stated that more must be done to detect offenders whether through an increase in specialist police or the use of technology such as speed cameras.

The report issued by the Transport Select Committee indicated that speed cameras were an “important and effective part of the technology toolkit” and that if road traffic law enforcement is going to happen then a greater use of the technology is essential.

The report further stated that the idea of average speed cameras is better accepted by motorists that the usual fixed penalty cameras. It called for further information about their effectiveness and that the Highways Agency should develop a better policy for their deployment.

Interestingly, the Committee added that the deployment of average speed cameras should be on the basis of road safety rather than revenue generation.

The report states: “We recommend that the Government monitor the placement of speed cameras by local authorities to ensure that this is the case.”

The report continues. “Where revenue is taken from speed camera enforcement, the funding arrangements must be transparent and the revenue put back into road safety grants rather than kept by local authorities or the Treasury.”

It has been noted that in 2014, 90% of the Fixed Penalty Notices for speeding were generated by cameras.

In a 2015 report by the RAC 70% of motorists admit to breaking the 70mph motorway speed limit.

RAC Public Affairs spokesman, Nick Lyes said: ”It’s important that the solution to that problem offers a range of alternatives, and average speed cameras can be part of this.”

“The benefit in using average speed cameras is that they have the advantage of measuring speed over distance, which is in marked contrast with fixed cameras which are often criticised for encouraging sharp braking and acceleration by drivers as they react to the cameras. This reaction can be a potential cause of accidents and does not help maintain steady flow of traffic.

“In addition, indications from the use of average speed cameras over a long distance on the A9 in Scotland appear to show positive compliance levels and a reduction in road traffic accidents.

“However, motorists will feel that the enforcement of road traffic law is not only about installing more cameras. The decline in road traffic police officers in recent years has been a worrying trend, with a 23% reduction in England and Wales between 2010 and 2014.

“The presence of road traffic police officers can also play a big part in improving both safety and compliance, as well as giving motorists a sense that law breakers are not just simply getting away with it.”

The Chairwoman on the Transport Select Committee, Louise Ellman said that where they welcome the continued and increased use of technology it could not be the only factor in road safety.

She stated: “If enforcement of road traffic laws is to be effective, the decline in specialist roads policing officers must be halted.”

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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Up To 1 Million Older Drivers Fail To Disclose Important Medical Information

Research conducted by Direct Line Insurance has revealed that up to a million older motorists have failed to disclose important medical information to the DVLA. The reason they have given is that they have not seen such disclosure as being important to their ability to drive.

The research suggests that around 30% of drivers over the age of 65 who have notifiable conditions such as eye sight and health problems such as diabetes and epilepsy, only half have made disclosures to the DVLA.

In fact it is not an issue purely for the more mature motorist as it is thought that almost 10% of all drivers have conditions that effect their driving and have not disclosed it.

The Director of Motor at Direct Line, Gus Park stated: “Regardless of age, drivers that have a notifiable or worsening medical condition or disability must disclose this to the DVLA and also to their insurer to stay within the law.”

He continued: “Even those who feel their physical status won’t affect their driving must still disclose their condition, as failing to do so means they risk a hefty fine and even prosecution if they have an accident.”

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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Welsh Police & Crime Commissioner Investigated For Road Traffic Offence

Slightly embarrassing reports are in that a Police & Crime Commissioner, Christopher Salmon, is being investigated for a road traffic offence. It may only be over an allegation of him driving a vehicle with defective tyres but the aggravating issue that it is in relation to a car supplied to him by the police.

The car in question is a BMW 530 and in being supplied to him by the police it also comes equipped with blue lights and a siren. It should be noted that he is not allowed to use either of these.

A freedom of information request has also revealed that Mr Salmon is entitled to claim a mileage allowance of 45p per mile travelled.

Richard Church, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Police & Crime Commissioner Candidate for Dyfed-Powys stated: “Christopher Salmon has been accused of driving a vehicle with defective tyres. That in itself is a serious accusation, and will doubtless follow the due process of the law.

“But this saga begs the question of why he has use of a specialist police vehicle at all. I can see no reason why an elected official on a good salary should be given a vehicle, complete with sirens and blue lights and paid for by the public purse, to go about his duties

“This perk of public office that our Tory Police Commissioner is enjoying should be scrapped immediately, and if I’m elected in May I will do just that.”

A spokesperson for the Independent Police Complaints Commission stated: “The IPCC is independently investigating an alleged road traffic offence involving the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Christopher Salmon.

“The allegation relates to driving a police owned vehicle with defective tyres on a date in October 2015.

“The IPCC investigation follows a referral to the IPCC from the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel in January 2016.”

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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Disgraced Former Judge Now Disqualified From Driving

It has been reported that a former Judge has been disqualified from driving for failing to respond to police letters.

Constance Briscoe who has already served a 16 month prison sentence for perverting the course of justice has found herself in court again.

This time it is for motoring offences in relation to a BMW M1 that is registered to her. Police had originally written to her asking about the identity of the driver when the car was seen speeding in a 30mph zone.

Appearing for the offence failing to furnish information she told the court: “I believe I received points in 2014 because I failed to provide information. The document was sent by the authorities but did not arrive to my address.”

She added that the failure in her receiving the letters also meant that she missed an earlier court appearance in February.

Constance Briscoe first came to the attention of the police during their investigations into the now disgraced MP Chris Huhne and his former wife Vicky Pryce. Both Huhne and Pryce were jailed for perverting the course of justice in relation to Pryce revealing that she had taken his speeding points some 10 years earlier.

Briscoe’s involvement in the Huhne / Pryce case was that she was found to have produced 2 false witness statements and altered another. She has professed that she had never spoken to the newspapers about the case but was in fact helping Pryce with a smear campaign against Huhne.

Briscoe was convicted of perverting the course of justice and was improisoned for 16 months.

In 2015 Briscoe lost her appeal for the conviction but managed to avoid the court costs of £89,246.33 by telling the court she owed £150,000 in tax and had to sell her flat to raise money.

Appearing at Stratord Magistrates Court this month for the motoring matters, Briscoe received a 6 month ban through totting up and had to pay £880.

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.

Contact Millars Solicitors