As the first of the Winter weather descends upon us it is important to bear in mind a number of road traffic laws that have extra significance at this time of year.

As Christmas is coming many parents may be considering getting their children off road bikes such as a mini moto or quad bike.  Before they do they should be aware of the law covering the use of these vehicles.

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.

In some instances, it is possible to apply to a court and ask that a driving ban is ended early.

Therefore, if your circumstances have changed since being disqualified, it is worth discussing with one of our criminal law specialists whether or not you can take advantage of this legal provision.

The Driving Test is set to change on 4 December 2017.  The 4 changes are being brought into place to update the skills required by new drivers as they embark on a lifetime of driving.  People who have passed their test some time ago often comment that they would struggle to pass the test if they resat it.

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.

The Sentencing Council has issued new sentencing guidelines for Magistrates which came into force on 24th April 2017. Magistrates' Courts deal with the vast majority of criminal cases and the changes to the guidelines reflect the diverse range of offences covering areas such as illegal alcohol sales, school non-attendance and also a number of road traffic offences.

Millions of us are currently participating in Alcohol Concern’s ‘Dry January’ campaign, but as we move into February, many participants will treat themselves to a celebratory drink.

The Government has launched a consultation on proposed increases to the maximum penalties for offences of 'causing death by dangerous driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs' and 'causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs'.

The Department for Transport has recently confirmed that the penalty for driving while using a mobile phone will double. It is anticipated the new proposals will become law in early 2017.