30 Foot Ladder – Insecure Load

Question:

Unsecured load and no clear view

I was stopped because officer said I had no clear view. He stated in his witness statement that my screen was misted and completely obscured apart from 20 inches directly ahead. I was turning left onto a main road, and he was on the corner. Not sure how I could have seen him if his statement is true.

Secondly, he stated I was carrying a 9 metre 14 rung ladder. That would mean I had a 30ft ladder on a ford fiesta! (my ladder is 4 metres). The ladder was held on with 2 bungie straps. There was some sideways movement because of elasticity of straps. But certainly no danger of the load being blown or falling from the car, so not an insecure load. My question: Can I ask the judge to reject case based on inaccuracies?

Thank you in advance for your help.

Emma Says:

Have you got a summons to court? I assume so if you have got a copy of the officer’s statement.

I take your point about the length of the ladder, he has got himself all confused. I think it does effect the officer’s credibility. Having said that the court may decide that the primary issue is whether or not it was an insecure load and may accept that this was a mistake in putting meters and not feet?

If you would like my help with this matter then come back to me and I may be able to get the matter withdrawn without the need for a trial.

Have you got any points already? If so, how many?



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