Did you know that in the 12 months up to September 2014, 524,877 people were summonsed or charged with motoring offences in this country?
Of those 85% were convicted. That is 5 TIMES the current prison population.
Many clients using Emmersons Solicitors Motoring Law Department have never been in trouble with the police before. They have never had to face court proceedings and are understandably very distressed.
It’s not just about speeding and drink driving either; the myriad of new motoring laws is becoming endless. In the last few months alone there have been two major changes.
Not only do you no longer have to display a tax disc but when you become the owner of a private sale vehicle you may have to register the fact that you are the new owner. Both seller and buyer must follow the correct procedure otherwise you may end up with huge penalties.
Tax Disc Loopholes are Leaving Angry Drivers Facing Huge Fines
Thousands of drivers have had their cars towed away and have been charged fines up to £800 after the changes to Road Fund Duty. Most drivers know tax discs are no longer required to be displayed. However many dont know that the car tax is cancelled once a vehicle is transferred to a new owner. The previous owner receives a refund. the new owner might be fined or have the car clamped and towed.
Did you read about the married couple who decided to swap cars?
The couple decided to swap cars with one another and being very diligent they wrote to the DVLA to inform them about the change. The DVLA, using the new rules, cancelled the tax discs for both cars. The couple did not appreciate this. One of their cars was towed away. They had to pay money to retrieve it and managed to do so just before the car was destroyed!
From the 8th of June 2015 the paper counterpart of your licence is no longer valid. You will rely upon your photo card only. New penalty points will only be recorded electronically, they will not be printed or written on either the photo card licences or paper driving licences. From this date, if you commit an offence you will still have to pay a fine and submit your licence however how the Court deals with the licence and how DVLA records penalty points is to change. You can access your driving licence information through the website gov.uk. Make sure you read this site BEFORE going on holiday and you have hired a rental car!!
So do you need a Solicitor?
At Emmersons Solicitors Motoring Law Department, we have represented hundreds of clients just like you. Nearly all motoring offences are strict liability offences. However, there are technical defences or arguments which can mitigate the seriousness of the situation. You should avoid looking up information on an internet chat room, believing what is written and then trying to present the matter to the court. These are very technical points and a lot is at stake, your job, your business and ultimately your home. Another error people make is to engage an “online motoring law expert” and believe the promise of a guaranteed acquittal whilst also paying a huge fee. There are no guarantees. That said, at Emmersons Solicitors we do achieve a very high acquittal rate.
If you have been charged with a motoring offence contact us now: at a reasonable fee, we shall talk to you in person; give you detailed, honest and accurate advice; properly assess your case and attend at Court with you.