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At Seatons, we are fortunate to have a dedicated team of experts and caseworkers who specialise in road traffic and motoring offences. Their expertise is invaluable in this particular area of law whereby simple errors of judgement can sometimes have devastating and far-reaching consequences. We strive to make sure your case goes through as smoothly as possible, and this page will provide you with a brief overview of the main types of offences associated with motoring.
In 2012, 640,000 motoring offence convictions were issued. 118,000 of these were as a result of speeding and 108,000 for no insurance. Convictions for drink driving and mobile phone usage were at 55,000 and 24,000 respectively.
Penalty points are valid for 3 years from the date of conviction and can only be removed from your licence after 4 years. Accumulating 12 points in a 3 year period results in disqualification.
You will be subject to ‘totting up’ if you get 12 points on your licence in the space of a 3 year period. This is the legal process where the Court disqualifies you from driving for at least 6 months, unless you can prove a case of exceptional hardship.
Your insurance company will rely upon you to keep them informed of any changes in your situation during the course of your contract. You would therefore have to notify them at the earliest opportunity of any motoring offence that you have been convicted for.
A drink driving conviction stays on the offender’s licence for a period of 11 years, starting from the date of conviction. Committing another drink driving offence within the space of 10 years most often results in a minimum 3 year ban.
Generally speaking, providing your speed was no greater than 10% plus 9mph, (for example up to 64 in a 50 mph speed limit) a Speed Awareness Course can usually be taken. This does not apply however if the same course was attended within the last 3 years.
If you have been involved in car accident, and anyone was injured or damage was caused to another vehicle/property, you must give your registration number along with your name and address to anyone who has reasonable grounds for asking.
The event must also be reported to the Police within 24 hours, or preferably, as soon as is reasonably possible.
A Notice of Intended Prosecution must be served to the registered owner of the vehicle within 14 days of the offence. If the Police fail to do so, the law states that the driver cannot be convicted of the offence.