Court charges

Q I want to challenge a speeding offence, and I’ve found your answers to questions about this very helpful, but I’ve recently heard that the courts are now charging extra to defend a case, which seems very unfair to me, as it’s weakening my resolve to plead not guilty to the charge. Is there truth in […]

Warning of intended prosecution

Question I have been served with a magistrates’ court requisition for speeding, but I have not prior to this received a notice of intended prosecution. I was stopped by the police at the time (about three months ago), although there was no accident or anything of that kind. All they told me is that I […]

Drink drive offences and post-driving consumption

Question I had a glass of wine with dinner in a restaurant near to a holiday cottage I had rented. It was the first night and I had dropped off my luggage at the cottage before venturing out in search of a meal. I was staying in quite a remote location and on the way […]

Legal i – VASCAR, Police Pilot and electric trip wire equipment

We conclude consideration of the technical requirements that the prosecution have to observe when using technological aids in evidence, by looking at VASCAR, Police Pilot and electric trip wire equipment.   Some police cars are equipped with VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer And Recorder). These are extremely accurate devices which record the average speed of […]

Laser Speed Measuring Equipment

In continuing to consider the technical requirements that the prosecution have to observe when using technological aids in evidence, we will look at laser speed measuring equipment in this month’s issue.   There are very many laser speed measuring devices and it would require a small book to review them all, so let us look […]

Radar Speed Meters

Last month, we looked at the technical requirements that the prosecution have to observe when using technological aids in evidence, regardless of the specific device. Let us now consider this in relation to radar speed meters.   These devices appear to be very accurate if working under good conditions and operated by experienced police constables. […]

Legal I – Speeding and technical requirements of the prosecution

Last month, we looked at technical defences to speeding charges and we will follow with a series that analyse specific speed detection device types, but first let us look this month at the technical requirements that the prosecution have to observe when using technological aids in evidence, regardless of the specific device.   If the […]

Legal i – Speeding and technical defences

QUESTION Can speed camera evidence be challenged, if, for example, the camera might not have been working or operated properly? Are there any other technical defences to speeding charges? ANSWER Speeding offences are created by legislation, so they are themselves technical offences and therefore if the technical requirements of proving the offence have not been […]

Legal i -Permitting driving without insurance

QUESTION I lent my friend my car to drive and thought he was insured under his own policy, but it turns out that he wasn’t. He got stopped by the Police and told them that he had the car with my consent, and now they are prosecuting him for driving with no insurance, and me […]

Legal i – Identification of driver

QUESTION I passed my driving test on 1st December 2012, and on 5th June 2013 my licence was endorsed with three penalty points for speeding. I now face another three points, also for speeding on 27th November 2014, for which I have received a fixed penalty notice. I thought I was safe from a ‘totting […]