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Penalties for using a mobile phone while driving set to increase

As with a large number of other motoring offences, the penalties to be imposed for using a mobile phone whilst driving are set to increase in the near future.

A recently published report by the RAC has discovered a rapid increase in the number of drivers using the mobile phone by way of talking, texting, Facebook and filming whilst driving a motor vehicle.

Scientific study has found that driving whilst using a mobile phone is as potentially dangerous as drink-driving with regard to the cause of fatal accidents.

The fines are set to increase but most importantly, the number of penalty points to be endorsed upon the driving licence will also increase.

For the driver of a car the points will increase from 3 to 4. If driving an HGV whilst using a mobile phone, the number of points will rise to 6. This will undoubtedly lead to a rapid rise in the number of drivers facing a possible six-month driving disqualification under the totting up provisions when the number of penalty points on the driving licence reaches 12.

The real risk is, however, that if a serious accident is caused whilst a motorist is using a mobile phone, they will not be prosecuted for the mobile phone offence but for careless  or dangerous driving. Recently publicised cases involving fatalities caused by a driver whilst using the mobile phone have resulted in prosecutions for causing death by dangerous driving. As per my recent blog on this, the government is also planning to seriously increase the penalties for the offences of causing death by careless driving and causing death by dangerous driving.
 

Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on September 15th, 2016 @ 09:01 AM
Tagged with: driving ban, mobile phone offences, Penalties for using a mobile phone while driving, penalty points

 
 

 

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Speeding offence prosecutions in the magistrates

The number of motorists facing a prosecution for a speeding offence in the magistrates court has reached a record high with 1 million people being prosecuted for speeding in 2015.

New figures from the Department of Transport show that speeding offence prosecutions have risen by more than 16% in the past two years. This has resulted in a huge number of motorists requiring the service of a speeding offence solicitor.

This has also resulted in a vast increase in the number of people facing a possible driving ban for speeding, once again requiring the service of a speeding offence solicitor.

These figures show that speeding offences were the only motoring offence to have risen over the last few years. Dangerous driving charges and driving without insurance charge have been on the decline.

An additional problem is that more and more people are facing a driving ban for speeding because they are very quickly reaching 12 points on the driving licence and face a totting up driving ban. Once again a specialist traffic lawyer, like ourselves, should be instructed as soon as the problem arises so that the motorist can avoid a driving ban.
 

Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on December 21st, 2016 @ 3:08 PM
Tagged with: driving ban, speeding ban, Speeding charge, speeding driving ban, speeding offence solicitor, traffic lawyer

 
 

 

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Speeding offence prosecutions in the magistrates

The number of motorists facing a prosecution for a speeding offence in the magistrates court has reached a record high with 1 million people being prosecuted for speeding in 2015.

New figures from the Department of Transport show that speeding offence prosecutions have risen by more than 16% in the past two years. This has resulted in a huge number of motorists requiring the service of a speeding offence solicitor.

This has also resulted in a vast increase in the number of people facing a possible driving ban for speeding, once again requiring the service of a speeding offence solicitor.

These figures show that speeding offences were the only motoring offence to have risen over the last few years. Dangerous driving charges and driving without insurance charge have been on the decline.

An additional problem is that more and more people are facing a driving ban for speeding because they are very quickly reaching 12 points on the driving licence and face a totting up driving ban. Once again a specialist traffic lawyer, like ourselves, should be instructed as soon as the problem arises so that the motorist can avoid a driving ban.
 

Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on December 21st, 2016 @ 3:08 PM
Tagged with: driving ban, speeding ban, Speeding charge, speeding driving ban, speeding offence solicitor, traffic lawyer

 
 

 

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