Owning and driving a car naturally involves a great deal of responsibility. There are plenty of safety considerations to make, and traffic laws to abide by that drivers should be well aware of before getting behind the wheel. To help you, this blog post will give an insight into some of the more common rules, regulations and offences of road traffic law in the UK, and the preventative steps you can take. Being aware of the statistics and facts below can help prevent you from being in a situation where you may lose your licence.
Considerations before you start driving
Of course, before you get behind the wheel of any car, there are several factors to think about; you must have the correct driving licence, be of a suitable age, and have a vehicle that is registered with the DVLA. This vehicle must also be taxed with an up to date MOT, and be roadworthy. If you are stopped or are involved in an incident, and one of the above factors does not apply to you, you could find yourself facing penalties and charges that can be easily avoided.
Common Laws, Penalties and Offences
The impact of a speeding penalty will depend on whether you have any previous offences. If you find yourself receiving a speeding offence for the first time, you will most likely receive a £100 fine and 3 penalty points that will be added to your licence. If you receive a total of 12 penalty points within a 3 year period, the matter will be taken further and may result in a 6 month driving disqualification. Driving penalties such as this can seriously impact a person’s livelihood, particularly if driving is essential for day-to-day life or for work. If you find yourself in a situation where your licence may be revoked, you can seek the help of a solicitor who will work with the best team possible to try and achieve the best outcome for you. Considerations will be made that include any extenuating circumstances that may help your case.
Another common offence that is best avoided is drink driving. Depending on the seriousness of the offence, drink driving may result in a fine, the amount of which depends on the severity of the offence. A driving ban may also be instigated, the severity of which again depends on the exact offence, that can alter due to factors such as refusing to provide a specimen for analysis, or, in the worst case scenarios, causing death by careless or dangerous driving. Seeking the best quality lawyer can help present a case in your defence that will factor in the circumstances of the situation to try and ensure you can come away with the best possible outcome for you. It is strongly advised to avoid drink driving, however, if you do find yourself in a situation where you need legal representation, you can find suitable representatives to assist you in every way possible.
Using a phone while driving
Using a phone whilst driving has most recently become a particularly prominent offence. If you find yourself in a situation where you have committed a driving offence, then seeking help through a solicitor can also help to ensure the best outcome is sought. In most cases, an experienced and knowledgeable team will work with you to strive to prepare the best defence for your case, which will include considerations regarding how a road traffic offence may significantly impact your livelihood.
The stresses, strains and difficulties of a driving offence are unpleasant for anyone. However, these complications can be alleviated by a legal representative, who will put their best efforts and expertise into striving to ensure you are always up to date regarding your case, whilst continually working towards achieving the best result for you, their client.
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