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The mobile phone laws explained

Michael Pace
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Tough New Penalties are a Cause for Concern   Quite rightly the police and the media have been highlighting the tough new penalties for using a mobile device while driving or riding a motor vehicle.   In a week-long campaign by the National...

Seasonal Advice to Drivers

Michael Pace
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Nottinghamshire Police and Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership have both recently launched their Christmas drink-drive campaigns warning drivers that they will do more spot checks to catch those driving under the influence of drugs and...

Quad Bikes and the Law

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There have been numerous fatal accidents involving quad bikes this year alone, including the death of 21-year-old Amarna Carthy from Nottinghamshire who died while riding a quad bike on holiday in Turkey. According to the Health and Safety Executive the...

Should I Name the Driver?

Michael Pace
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Over the years people have tried all sorts of different ways to avoid having to name themselves as the driver of a vehicle at the time of a motoring offence – usually speeding – and there has been a number of high-profile cases. Sometimes this...

Stop in the Name of the Law!

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Just lately I have represented a number of people who, having been involved in an accident, have failed to comply with the law and have found themselves prosecuted for failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident and careless driving. ...

New Drug Driving Law to Come into Force

Michael Pace
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The anti-drink drive laws came into being in the early 1970s while I was a member of the Nottinghamshire Constabulary. In those early days we used what looked like test tubes filled with crystals which changed colour if mixed with breath containing alcohol....

Don't be Caught Out by New Tax Disc Rules

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As from 1st October 2014 it is no longer necessary to display a paper tax disc in your vehicle. This includes tax discs which have not yet run out: for example, if your disc expires on 30th November 2014 you can remove it now. DVLA will still send you a...

Is your driving licence photo out of date?

Michael Pace
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The plastic part of the two part driving licence has a photograph upon it. To the right of the photo at no. 4b is a date. This is the date when the photograph expires. That is all it is. Some police forces have interpreted this date as if the licence...