Arrested for drug driving, what should I do?

Random stop for breath test or drug test

Being arrested for drug driving can be an extremely worrying and stressful experience. Rest assured, by seeking out expert advice and assistance at this stage, you’ve done the very best thing to not only allay your fears, but also to enable the building of the best possible defence later down the line should you need … Continue reading Arrested for drug driving, what should I do?

Stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day

Today is St. Patrick’s Day; a day when people around the world celebrate all things Irish, with 13 million pints of Guinness consumed worldwide on this single booze-fuelled day. For many, this will involve drinking lots of alcohol, dancing the night away, crashing out back home and waking up with a sore head in the … Continue reading Stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day

DVSA strike affects upcoming driving tests

Following a vote by the Public and Commercial Union (PCS), some driving examiners who are members of the union will be taking strike action over pay, pensions, jobs and redundancy terms over the coming months. What types of driving tests might be affected by the DVSA strike? Practical driving tests (for cars and motorbikes) Vocational … Continue reading DVSA strike affects upcoming driving tests

Warning of car park payment scam

A new scam is on the rise which could result in the loss of data and also your hard-earned money- it's called the car park payment scam. What is the car park payment scam? This latest scam involves fraudsters targeting car park payment machines by placing a fake QR code disguised as a “quick pay … Continue reading Warning of car park payment scam

The law on seat belts

Who must wear a seatbelt? The Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) Regulations 1993 make it a requirement for all drivers and passengers to wear a seat belt. What is the punishment for a seat belt offence? You could receive an on the spot fine of £100, up to the maximum £500 for not wearing … Continue reading The law on seat belts

Government proposals for tougher sentencing on illegal drug users

Being caught with illegal drugs in your vehicle can lead to a requirement to take part in a roadside drug test, leading to possible prosecution for drug driving. Now under new proposals, harsher punishments, including confiscation of driving licences are being considered for possessing the drug itself. The home office’s latest press release explains: "So-called … Continue reading Government proposals for tougher sentencing on illegal drug users

New rules are now in force for Light Goods Vehicle Operators in Europe

Department for Transport

Users of vans and other light goods vehicles weighing between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes and which transport goods for hire or reward from the UK into, or through the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein now need to hold an International Operators’ Licence.

Self-Driving buses, shuttles and delivery vans could soon hit UK roads

Th UK Government's latest press release describes a new £40 million competition to kick-start commercial self-driving services, such as delivery vehicles and passenger shuttles: A new £40 million competition to kick-start commercial self-driving services, such as delivery vehicles and passenger shuttles, has been launched today (Monday 23 May) by Lord Grimstone, Minister for Investment. The … Continue reading Self-Driving buses, shuttles and delivery vans could soon hit UK roads

Mental health and failure to provide

As we close out Mental Health Awareness Week, we’d like to highlight a common but serious motoring offence we deal with that sometimes has mental health issues at the heart of its defence. The offence is failing to provide a specimen for analysis. Section 7(6) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 makes It an offence … Continue reading Mental health and failure to provide