Road Traffic Offences

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Living in the UK, driving is a basic skill for survival. Every household has 1-2 cars, and more and more Chinese have become car owners. But as a car owner, how much do you know about British traffic regulations? Under the rule of law, everything in Britain has a law to follow. Before going on the road, don’t be lucky enough not to take the rules seriously. In order to help everyone better understand the traffic law, we have combined with the rich experience accumulated in handling traffic cases for many years, and prepared a wonderful introduction to the traffic laws and regulations for the drivers. The contents cover the speeding , unlicensed driving and drunk driving that everyone cares most about. And the legal rules for using mobile phones while driving !

One: Traffic regulations: Speeding

Speeding , you will face the following three kinds of penalties :

Penalty 3-6 points ;

a fine of £2500 ( highest );

No driving order is allowed.

If you drive too fast , the traffic police may only give you a speeding ticket. You can choose to accept a £100 fine and a penalty of 3 , but you can also choose to ask a lawyer to defend and refuse to accept the ticket. Many savvy customers contacted a lawyer the first time after receiving a ticket, avoiding fines and penalty points.

Speeding trial process: deduction, fine, double penalty

If your driver’s license has been deducted by 9 points and you are speeding many times, you are welcome to experience the UK trial process.

If the court convicts you of speeding, you will face a fine of up to £ 1,000 . If the speeding occurs on the highway, the fine may be as high as £ 2,500 . At the same time, you must also deduct a penalty on your driver’s license. The specific deduction points are determined according to the speed of the case at the time of the incident, but the deduction points will not be lower than 3 points and will not be higher than 6 points.

Once the 12 allocations for the driver’s license have been deducted, the court will prohibit you from driving for 6 months. If the speed is too high, the court will not deduct points, but will issue a no-drive order directly, prohibiting you from driving again.

If your driver’s license has been deducted by 6 points and you are facing speeding accusations, then you are most likely to be revoked. Many people choose lawyers to defend in court. Some people are really innocent. Some people have already deducted 6 points. If they continue to deduct points, their driver’s license will be revoked immediately or in the next traffic accident.

*Speeding leads to no driving*

If you are judged to be very fast and the speed is very fast, the court will severely judge this, and you may be prohibited from driving directly, regardless of how many points were deducted from your driver’s license. You will also be fined at the same time.

Novice, be extra careful

The new drivers are reminded that the consequences of speeding are especially serious for new drivers. If you have obtained a driver’s license within the past two years , you will be fined for driving if your driver’s license is deducted by 6 points. Although it is generally forbidden to drive a driver’s license for 12 points, the traffic police are extremely strict with the novice. Once they are caught speeding, they will not only be fined, but you will need to apply for a driver’s license again.

Second: traffic regulations: mobile phone distraction, step by step startling
According to the latest data, an average of 66 drivers in the Scottish region were stopped by traffic policemen when they used their mobile phones while driving, a year-on-year increase of one-third.

These data are not surprising to our law firm, as the number of such traffic cases handled by our law firm is also increasing.

However, we all know that it is illegal to use a mobile phone or portable device while driving. Once it is discovered by the traffic police, it will face serious consequences.

What the law says

The law stipulates that it is illegal to use a mobile phone or similar device when driving a motor vehicle or riding a motorcycle .

However, many drivers do not know that it is illegal to use a mobile phone/mobile device when waiting for a red light or a traffic jam.

In addition, it is also illegal to use a mobile /mobile device when teaching a student driver (such as your spouse, family or friends) .

How to judge the law

If you use a mobile phone or similar device while driving, your driver’s license will be deducted 3 points and a fine of 100 pounds. You may also face accusations and need to attend court hearings. The judge may revoke your driver’s license and impose a fine of up to £ 1,000 . Bus drivers and truck drivers are likely to face a fine of up to £ 2,500 .

* Novice penalties are different*

If you are a new driver and you are deducted for more than 6 points within two years of obtaining your driver’s license , your driver’s license will be revoked.

Under what circumstances can I use my mobile phone in the car?

According to the law, the driver can use the mobile phone in the car only if:

  1. Need to call emergency number 999 or 112 , the car can not be safely docked
  2. The car has been safely docked

* Use hands-free regulations while driving*

Hands-free, satellite phones and wireless calls are available while driving. However, if the traffic police think that you are driving and unable to control the car, they will still stop you and may issue a ticket.

Using a mobile phone while driving can have disastrous consequences. If you die from inadvertent driving or dangerous driving, the driver may face imprisonment.

Three: Traffic regulations: drink driving
In 2013 , approximately 220-260 people in the UK died from traffic accidents . About 90 % of them died from driver drunk driving. The number of drunk driving injuries has been decreasing year by year, and the number of injuries or deaths caused by drunk driving has been reduced by three-quarters since 1979 .

Alcohol content standards for drivers in England and Wales

In England and Wales, the driver’s alcohol content should not exceed 80 per 100 ml of blood.

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Drliu

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Dr Liu is one of the top Chinese solicitors in the UK. He is authorised to represent client in sheriff courts and justice of peace courts throughout Scotland, immigration tribunals throughout the UK. Dr. Liu is specialised in Immigration law and criminal law, having years of abundant experience serving the Chinese community in the UK and beyond.

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