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:

Obstructing Another Hackney Carriage

The Offence

It is an offence for the driver or any other person having charge or care of a Hackney Carriage (a 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) to obstruct any other driver of a Hackney Carriage from carrying out their business (i.e. setting down or collecting their fares), including preventing or attempting to prevent that Hackney Carriage from being hired.

Basically, this offence is aimed at taxi drivers who try and cut up other drivers to beat them to a fare.  Where a driver of a Hackney Carriage is obstructed from carrying out their normal business then the driver of the obstructing Hackney Carriage is likely to be prosecuted.

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for offences relating to obstruction of any other Hackney Carriage?

No, there is not a requirement for an NIP for the offence relating to a charge of obstruction another Hackney Carriage.

Punishment

Fine up to £250 for each offence.

Defences

If you inadvertently obstruct another Hackney Carriage because you had set down your fare and were, for example, assisting them with their bags 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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