Posts Tagged ‘law’

12 point driving ban not being applied

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Research conducted by a driving charity and an insurance company has revealed that a quarter of all drivers who have accumulated 12 points, or in some cases a great many more, are still being permitted to take to the roads. According to Direct Line Insurance and Brake, one driver is still getting behind the wheel with 32 points.

Any motorist managing to accrue 12 points should, in theory, be banned from using a vehicle for at least six months. However, exceptions are made if a driver can prove that losing their license would result in what is termed ‘exceptional hardship’. This could be the loss of a job, or a partner walking out etc.

According to official figures, 10,072 drivers currently on the road have managed to evade a ban by persuading a judge that their lives would be damaged if they could no longer use a vehicle.

Julie Townsend, campaigns director at the charity Brake, has called on the government to take the situation seriously. She said that the points system was in place for a reason and that it was shocking that so many who should no longer hold a license still do. She explained that drivers allowed to get away with multiple offences were a danger to other motorists and the general public.

Direct Line’s pricing and underwriting director Andy Goldby said the wrong message was being sent out by allowing so many motorists to flout the law. He added that the ‘exceptional hardships’ people were claiming didn’t appear to be all that exceptional at all.

Scotland plans changes to drink driving laws

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Westminster has said it will not be lowering the level of alcohol motorists are permitted to have in their blood even though a government commissioned study has made the recommendation to do so. Sir Peter North, who headed the report, has advised that the current level of 80mg per 100ml of blood be reduced to 50mg. The Scottish government has expressed its disappointment with the decision and says that once the Scotland Bill is passed it will be moving quickly to have the recommendations made into legislation.

A Scottish Parliament spokesman said the current limit produced confusion and sent motorists the wrong message. He added that it was unfortunate that Westminster was not paying more attention to the report and that the Scottish government had been asking London for some time to give it the power to change the law.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond explained that he would not be lowering the amount of alcohol permitted in a driver’s blood stream because he wanted to concentrate on greater enforcement of procedures already in place to combat those who ignore the law. He added that the government would be streamlining procedures to better tackle the problem.

Motoring organisations have described the move as a missed opportunity and have said they too are disappointed. However, the AA said it was good that the government had made road-side alcohol tests admissible as evidence in the courts.

The government has also announced plans to better deal with the issue of drivers who have taken illegal drugs.

Government tells holidaymakers Don’t Bring It Back!

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

New research undertaken by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs has found that many British travelers are unaware of the specific rules in place that prevent them from bringing certain foodstuffs back to the U.K. from countries outside the European Union. The research showed that fifty-five percent of people who travel would like to receive clear guidelines from travel agents and other representatives on what is and is not allowed to come back in their luggage.

The government has rolled out its Don’t Bring It Back! campaign in order to  inform the public on what can accompany them through customs when they return from holiday. The campaign is aimed at helping residents to avoid the embarrassment of having goods seized at airports as well as helping people understand that they could well be breaking the law.

Last year approximately eighty-five tones of produce that is not allowed into the U.K. was confiscated from travelers to the country. This included honey, meat, fish and dairy products. Travel expert, Simon Calder said that in order to relieve some of the stress of travel he would like to see travel agents advising travelers on the rules about bringing foodstuffs back into the U.K. He said that a few minutes checking the rules on the government’s website could save an awful lot of time and trouble when trying to get through customs at the end of a holiday abroad.