Speeding Ticket?

The most common instance where Notice is served is an NIP for speeding. There is an NIP time limit that applies of 14 days from the offence. However, how this is calculated will depend on how the notice is given. Don't wait until it's too late. Call Motor Defence Solicitors now, on 0800 2800 912, for a fixed fee consultation with a specialist solicitor.

Court Summons?

A summons, for offences such as speeding, careless driving, drink driving etc...is issued in the Magistrates' Court, although the case may then be transferred to the Crown Court.

Careless / Dangerous Driving

Your driving fell below that expected of a competent driver or driving a vehicle on a road or in any public place dangerously or in a dangerous condition

Drink Driving

Being in charge of a vehicle when unfit due to drink or drugs

Failure to provide

Where an individual deliberately withholds or provides misleading information

Speed Camera Devices

Systems used in the UK are generally type approved and require regular calibration. You are likely to come across the following types: Cameras, Laser, Radar, Stopwatch, Video. Some of the more common devices used include the Gatso, LTI2020, Vascar, Truevelo. For more detailed information on the individual devices, please click here

Penalty Points?

0 Points

You are in an ever shrinking group of drivers. Keep the first penalty points off your driving licence

3-6 Points

If you got your full driving licence less than 2 years ago you are on the verge of revocation and re-test. Insurance premiums start to rise.

9 Points

One more slip and your driving licence is gone. You could face a 6 month driving disqualification

12 Points

You are looking at a 6 month driving ban unless you come up with a convincing argument at Court.

Stopped by the Police?

The Police can stop you by the road if they suspect an offence has occured. You will usually be given a Fixed Penalty Notice (NIP), HORT1 Producer or depending on the offence, be arrested and taken to a Police Station. Typical offences within this scenario include:

Guide to Seat Belt and Restraints Law

The Offence

It is an offence to:

  1. Drive a car without a properly fitted seat belt;
  2. Travel in a car as a passenger without a properly fitted seat belt or restraint; and
  3. Allow a passenger under the age of 14 to travel in your vehicle without a properly fitted seat belt or restraint.

The law tightened up in this area from 18 September 2006.

The current requirements are:

  1. Adults must wear a seat belt if fitted to the vehicle.
  2. Children aged 12 or taller than 135 cm must wear an adult seat belt where fitted to the vehicle.
  3. Children over 3 and under 12 who are 135cm or less in height must use an appropriate child restraint, which is either a forward facing child seat (9kg to 18kg), a booster seat (15kg+) or a booster cushion (22kg+).
  4. Children under the age of 3 must use either a baby seat (up to 13 kg) or a child seat (9kg to 18 kg) and a rear facing seat cannot be used in the front passenger seat if the passenger seat is fitted with an airbag.  A carry cot may be acceptable for very young children as long as it is suitably strapped in.

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for Seat Belt Offences?

No, there is no requirement for an NIP for this offence.

Punishment

Fine up to £500 if the matter goes to Court or a £30 fixed penalty notice.

Defences

These vary very much depending on the vehicle.  There are numerous exemptions to the regulations dependent on the type and age of vehicle.  However, generally for a child under 3 the only exception is travelling in a taxi where no restraint is available. For children over 3 a lot depends on the availability of a suitable seat (which does not mean you can generally ignore the requirement to buy one). Other exceptions relate to whether the vehicle has seat belts fitted, the situation was an emergency or there is a medical reason why no seat belt was worn. The regulations are complicated and we recommend you seek legal advice on these.

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