The legal world is constantly changing; new laws are being brought in and unusual cases are being brought to the fore. Whether you drive as part of your profession or you just like to keep up to date with the latest developments, here are three top stories on motoring that you may have missed from September.
- Those texting whilst driving will now receive double the penalty
As of 2017, drivers will have to answer to new rules regarding mobile phone use. Drivers caught texting will be given six points on their licence as well as a £200 fine – double the current penalty. If drivers accrue 12 points, they must go to court and face fines of up to £1000 and a minimum driving ban of six months. Newly-qualified drivers will be disqualified on their first offence, and required to re-take their theory and practical tests to regain a full license.
Commenting on the new sanctions, Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, told the press: “As technology develops, mobile phones are common place, but we need to take responsibility for our actions and as drink or drug driving has become socially unacceptable, so must using mobile phones at the wheel. It may seem harmless when you are replying to a text, answering a call or using an app, but the truth is your actions could kill and cause untold misery to others.”
- Tight new rules on booster seats
As of December 2016, strict new rules on the use of car seats will come into force, limiting the use of backless booster seats for older children. The use of booster seats has always been controversial, with many stockists and experts claiming that they provide no protection for the child during a crash situation.
Under current UK law, all children travelling in a car must use the correct car seat until 12 years old, or 135cm tall. However, under the new rules, backless booster seats will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. However, safety experts recommend you use a child car seat for all children under 150cm.
- James Bond licence plates
Thousands of illegal revolving number plates, similar to Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger, have been sold on sites like eBay, and are helping motorists to avoid speeding charges. The black shutter which replaces the plate means that a car cannot be picked up by ANPR cameras, meaning drivers can dodge speed cameras, bus lane cameras and time limits in car parks.
Have you been charged with a motoring offence recently? Be sure to leave us a comment and tell us about your experience, and don’t forget to find a motoring solicitor in your area. No matter what the charge, it’s always better to seek legal representation, as there could be a case for you to have a less severe punishment depending on the circumstances, but it takes a professional to realise the finer details.