If you are suspected of driving with excess alcohol in your body, you may be asked to provide a breath sample at the roadside. If that sample is positive, you are likely to be arrested and taken to the police station.
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It's Coming Home
What are your plans for the match this Saturday? Down the pub with some friends? At the house with a barbecue? When big sporting occasions like the World Cup are on the temptation to have a few drinks is always there. The police are aware of this as well and will be taking steps to combat those who take to the road after consuming alcohol.
Request for Driver Information
Request For Driver Information
It may be an offence to fail to provide information as the identity of a driver when you receive a written request to do so from (or on behalf of) the police. If convicted, you face a hefty fine and 6 penalty points.
When Driving Becomes Dangerous
We have previously written about Dangerous Driving in relation to adverse weather conditions. This article looks in more detail at the offence of dangerous driving and how we may be able to assist those being accused of it.
When Driving Becomes Dangerous
There is a specific offence of dangerous driving, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 2 years.
If that driving is a cause of someone's death, the maximum sentence rises to one of 14 years.
In each case there are minimum disqualification periods, very lengthy actual disqualifications and insurance premiums which will be significant for many years to come; some drivers may not even be able to secure insurance at all, at any price.
Dangerous Driving Conditions Don't Have To Lead To Dangerous Driving
Winter has hit us again with the inevitable problems on the road that winter weather brings. We have previously written about keeping legal on the roads in winter however it is clear that not everyone is prepared for the latest snowy conditions. The morning news reports have been full of details of road traffic collisions causing delays on the run to work.
But how have the collisions been caused and what view would the police take of them? If a collision is caused by a driver’s inability to cope with the road conditions it could still lead to a prosecution for a road traffic offence including dangerous driving.
Compliance Remains the Priority
The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain are calling on truck, bus and coach operators to prioritise their approach to compliance – and make sure that they are getting the basics right.
We Don't Stop for Christmas
As businesses prepare for Christmas, it is customary to inform clients of seasonal opening hours. For many, it will simply be a case of announcing the days on which the business will be closed, but for us, the position is a little more complicated than that.
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Commercial Vehicle Operators - 2018 Financial Levels
The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has today (7 December 2017) confirmed that operator licence applications and continuations will now be processed against the 2018 financial levels.
None for the Road
Christmas is upon us and the party season is underway.
This time also coincides with a national police initiative concerning drink driving, as forces across the country prepare for a spike in the numbers of those tested and arrested for drink and drug driving offences.
Time to Test the Brakes
In December 2016 two men were convicted of manslaughter following an avoidable brake failure that resulted in the deaths of four people, including a young girl.
Neither of the men drove the vehicle, but they were ultimately responsible, as the haulage boss and mechanic. One was sentenced to 7 ½ years, the other to 5 years and 3 months imprisonment.
The case provides a stark reminder of the duty owed by vehicle operators, and one might have hoped that such cases would materially change behaviour.
A year on, it would appear that the situation has not improved as expected, and the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain this week called upon operators to change their approach to brake performance testing.