There are a range of offences relating to driving documentation such as driving without insurance, vehicle MOT, road tax and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. Many people innocently find themselves committing document offences. For example, by not renewing your photo driving licence every ten years you may find yourself fined. Similarly, driving on a provisional licence without displaying ‘L’ plates is driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, which would lead to the imposition of 6 penalty points.
The law on these offences is very strict. For the most part, if you do not have valid insurance or road tax you are guilty of an offence regardless of whether you knew about it. However, we are experienced in finding ways to avoid the imposition of penalty points. It could be argued that a special reason applies in your case so as to persuade the court not to impose penalty points. For example, you may have been misled about having insurance on your vehicle. To find out if a special reason applies in your case, or if you have a defence to a document offence, contact our team.
Driverless cars were once the preserve of science-fiction films, but from January 2015 they will be a reality on the UK roads. But what about the law that currently governs road users? How will they apply to driverless cars being used on public roads?
Just because a car can be driven autonomously, this won’t mean that drivers are released from all of their obligations. The term ‘driverless vehicle’ covers all sorts of functions that already exist on many cars already – such as cruise control, automatic braking and self-parking functions.
However, the government recognises that driverless vehicles have implications for the laws and regulations governing public roads. That’s why they are currently reviewing the legal and insurance issues surrounding driverless cars. The results of this review and the regulatory changes required will be announced at the end of the year, so if you’re thinking of getting a driverless car for Christmas, make sure you also get the low down on what new laws will govern you.
There is no doubt that whilst the technological hurdles surrounding driverless cars have been overcome, the legal hurdles are yet to come! So watch this space for details.