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:

Parking restrictions

There are legal requirements that must be adhered to when signposting parking controls. What follows is a guide to the most common parking restrictions. Loading and unloading of vehicles is also covered.

Restrictive Parking Regulations

Restrictive Parking Signage

Restrictive Parking MarkingsWhere there are single yellow lines in place there will usually be some form of parking restriction in place. This may not be a restriction at all times. There will usually be a sign at or near that location giving the times or situations where the restriction is in force. In the majority of locations there will be exemptions from the regulations, the most common being for Blue Badge holders. In those circumstances, the relevant items need to be displayed clearly inside the vehicle. Loading or unloading is commonly allowed, unless expressly banned.

Permitted Parking

Permitted Parking Signage

Permitted Parking MarkingsWhere this type of sign and road markings are in place the regulations will allow parking, most often but not always in a bay (your vehicle must be parked completely within the marked bay). There will normally be conditions that must be met to allow the parking, e.g. pay at a meter or purchasing a pay and display ticket. Some bays may be specifically reserved for residents' parking, businesses, doctors or traders. Restrictions can also extend to different types of vehicles. 

Where parking is free, it is often subject to a time limit which must be adhered to.

Absolute Restrictions

Absolute Parking Signage

The ban on parking in these areas extends 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When the sign says 'At any time' it literally means 24 hours a day, although since 31 January 2003 Councils have not been required to state ‘at any time’ on the sign for it to be valid. 

There are some areas where the 'anytime' restriction only applies for part of the year. Where this applies, a sign showing the duration of the restriction will be present.

Guidelines for Loading & Unloading:

Often there will be yellow ‘blips’/stripes on the kerb at loading points. These indicate a restriction on loading.  Two ‘blips’ mean no loading ‘at any time’ and one ‘blip’ means that loading is restricted at certain times. Any restrictions will normally be shown on a white plate.  Even if you have a Blue Badge you will not be allowed to park where loading restrictions are in force.

No loading at any time signage Loading restricted to certain times

There are some exceptions to loading restrictions, allowing vehicles to stop briefly as follows:

When loading or unloading heavy or bulky items or if there are a large number of items for the driver to unload which would involve more than one trip (the vehicle should then be moved and parked legally as soon as the loading or unloading is completed).

Commercial vehicles are allowed to collect and deliver goods.  Dealing with paperwork (e.g. invoices or delivery notes) can be included in the stopping time. When the delivery or collection is complete, the vehicle must be moved.

Even if an exception applies you must not load or unload a vehicle where it would cause an obstruction or close to a junction, otherwise you are likely to fall outside the exceptions to the parking rules. 

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