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Greater Manchester police have issued a warning to motorists that speeding fines apparently issued by the police which contact the motorist by email are a scam and should not be responded to.
There have been reports of a number of bogus emails purporting to be from Greater Manchester Police issuing speeding fines. The police do not issue speeding tickets by email. Under no circumstances should they be responded to.
Should you receive any speeding ticket
either by post or, online feel free to contact us at TrafficLawyer4U solicitors for a free, no obligation discussion.
Motorists will face an increase in speeding ticket
and police prosecutions for speeding because average speed cameras are to be allowed on a roads and motorways to reduce air pollution.
Experts say that the reduction of traffic speed ensures the smooth flow of traffic on motorways and reduces harmful emissions.
Research from across Europe, including Holland has shown that reducing the speed limit to 50 mph on motorways in built-up areas significantly reduces harmful emissions.
Average speed cameras track vehicles over a set distance rather than measuring the exact speed at a fixed point. They already cover in excess of 250 miles of road in Britain. The shortest average speed camera in the country is a mile long across Tower Bridge in London.
We predict a significant increase in speeding tickets
issued as a result of offences captured by average speed cameras not just on motorways but also on A roads.
At TrafficLawyer4U solicitors we are being contacted by an increasing number of motorists who are having their driving licences revoked by the DVLA for a variety of reasons.
A marked increase in revoked driving licences is as a result of motorists failing the eye test. A motorist is required to be able to read a motor numberplate from 20m away. Those motorists who fail the eyesight test are regarded as a safety risk and will have their driving licences revoked by the DVLA.
Under a new system introduced, known as Cassie's law, following the death of Cassie McCord by a motorist with failing eyesight, the DVLA can immediately revoke a driving licence after receiving an email because of a failed eye test from the police. The police have the power to carry out a roadside eyesight test if they have concerns that a motorist cannot read signs, markings on the road layout.
It is possible for a motorist to appeal the revocation of a driving licence by the DVLA. The appeal procedure takes place at the Magistrates Court and would only be successful if the motorist could produce reliable medical evidence to confirm that they could pass the eyesight test.
The number of motorists facing a prosecution for speeding offences on the motorway has drastically increased.
Recently released figures show that over 52,000 speeding tickets
were issued on 11 smart sections of motorway including parts of the M1, M25 and M6. This is approximately 50,000 more speeding tickets than the same stretches of motorway five years ago when they were not smart motorways.
Motorists are facing a speeding prosecution largely because of the increased use in variable speed limits on the gantry over motorways. The government insists that this is to improve the running of motorways rather than to raise revenue.
The number of speeding tickets
on the M25 has drastically increased around junctions 23 and 24.
The most motorway speeding tickets issued last year were on the M1 between junctions 10–13 at Luton airport – Bedford.
West Midlands police is the first police force to specifically target drivers of motor vehicles who pass too closely to cyclists.
In future motorists could face prosecution for careless driving or dangerous driving if , when passing a cyclist on the road they go too close. The highway code specifies that when a motorist drives past a cyclist they should give at least the same space as when overtaking a car. The safe passing distance for a car overtaking a cyclist is generally regarded to be a minimum of 1.5 m. This allows for the cyclist falling off the bike as the motorist is passing.
I have defended in a number of motoring cases where a cyclist has been seriously injured or has died when they they have been hit by a motorist overtaking them and, at the same time they either wobbled or fell off the bike. In such cases a motorist who has travelled too close to the cyclist resulting in a fatality would almost certainly find themselves prosecuted for causing death by careless driving or causing death by dangerous driving.
Although initially most drivers will be given words of advice by the roadside, any motorist that the police decide has driven dangerously close to a cyclist will most likely face a prosecution for dangerous driving and taken to court.
Motorists should be aware that cyclists may need to avoid potholes, drain covers or other obstacles on the road and so give sufficient room when overtaking.
The statistics of car accidents involving cyclists resulting inserious injury or death are startling. Between 2010 and 2014 , 530 cyclists were either killed or seriously injured in the West Midlands police force area alone. The vast majority of those were accidents involving cars and cyclists.
Over the last few months the West Midlands police has brought prosecutions for careless or dangerous driving against 38 motorists who went too close to cyclists.
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