Victims Surcharge Orders

For any offences that the Courts are able to punish with a fine, provided the offence was committed on or after 1 April 2007, a £15 victims’ surcharge will now be payable. (more…)

Making a Statutory Declaration

If you are prosecuted for an offence in a Magistrates’ Court and the matter is concluded in your absence, for example this could be an alleged offence of speeding, then you can contact your local Magistrates’ Court and request to make a Statutory Declaration – that you were not aware of the proceedings against you, this is done on oath. You would have to satisfy the Magistrates’ of the facts. (more…)

Recovering your costs

That when you go to Court and the Crown Prosecutor Service (CPS) ask for an adjournment because of any reasons such as they have not obtained all their evidence or another reason that is not your fault, then the Magistrates Court, where most cases are dealt with, are not allowed to punish the CPS by awarding costs against them, caused by the adjournment. (more…)

Parking on a Pavement Offences

Can you escape prosecution for parking your motorcycle on a pavement if it is parked on a stand? (more…)

Driving Offence Medical Examination

That on 1 April 2008, the Government has changed the rules for certain driving offences. So from that date any driver found guilty of either (more…)

O’Halloran & Francis v. UK European Court of Human Rights

Judgment of 29 June 2007. Does the the compulsion to provide details of the driver under s.172 Road Traffic Act 1988 infringe your Human Rights? (more…)

Increased Punishment for Failing to Give Information

For offences of failing to give information committed on or after 24 September 2007 the punishment will now be 6 penalty points (previously 3) as a result of implementation of The Road Safety Act 2006. (more…)

Milton v. CPS [2007] High Court of Justice (QBD)

If you are accused of Dangerous Driving, can the Court look at your level of driving skill when deciding whether or not you have driven dangerously? (more…)

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC)

That there is a new qualification that affects both new and current drivers of Buses, Coaches and Lorries, and it is called Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC). (more…)