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Plans to Shake Up Motoring Law - The Right Approach?


Government Minister Philip Hammond has today announced plans to "shake up" existing motoring law.

As a result, Police will receive powers to fine careless drivers on the spot, rather than taking them to court, as part of government plans to make Britain's roads safer.

It is thought that motorists who tail-gate, undertake or cut others up often go unpunished and by introducing instant penalties, offenders would instead get a fine of £80 or more and three penalty points on their licence.

Plans will also include a crackdown on drug-driving and the closing of so called 'loopholes' that allow people to escape drink-driving charges.

In addition, disqualified drivers would also have to undergo retraining, and possibly take another test, before they got their licence back under the new proposals.

Ministers insist the new approach will try to target genuinely reckless motorists rather than an 'innocent' motorist who makes an inadvertent mistake.

However, from regularly defending people in this area of law, it is a concern to see how these proposals will be implemented. Will people who may have a genuine defence be pressured into accepting fixed penalties and points through ignorance of the law?

Will people be deprived of their right to a trial as the government strives to make spending cuts by imposing roadside summary justice?

If you have any query regarding this, or any other aspect of motoring law then please contact me on 01952 291222.