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 Taxis: Charging Above the Fare allowed

The Offence

It is an offence for the driver of a Hackney Carriage (taxi with a yellow or white plate at the rear of the vehicle stating that it is a Hackney Carriage, usually with a sign on top, which can be hailed in the street) or any person having charge or care of the Hackney Carriage to charge more than the fare that is allowed by the Local Authority or Licensing Authority.  They are fitted with a meter with the fare rates pre-set and it is unlawful to either change the rates or charge more than the meter states.

You can find out the fare from the local authority directly or through Google searching under either "taxi fare" or "hackney carriage fare" along with the name of the local authority.  Please note that this is different to private taxis (which should be pre-booked and have a plate at the rear of the vehicle stating that it is licensed for private hire) which have no limits on the amounts they can charge.  The idea is that private fares should be agreed at the time of booking and are therefore subject to the control of market forces.

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for offences relating to any overcharge?

No, there is not a requirement for an NIP for the offence of overcharging a customer.

Punishment

Fine up to £1000 for each offence, in addition to which the fare can apply for a refund of the overcharge.

Defences

If you have inadvertently overcharged due to a defective meter or other reason, we strongly advise you contact us for advice, as a defence would be dependant on the facts of the case.  Therefore it is critical that the full circumstances of your case are examined to ensure your case is properly prepared.  If you face an allegation, we advise you contact us to take specialist legal advice

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