Motoring Law

Read our advice to these frequently asked road traffic law questions.

Drug Driving Lab Test Prosecutions called into Question Hundreds of drug-driving prosecutions have been called into question following a review of lab tests. More than 1,700 results where drug levels were reported to above the legal limit have had to be withdrawn’. This is not a loophole where guilty people are simply trying to ‘get […]

Charges dropped on the basis of private land Mr L was charged with offences of driving without due care and attention, failing to stop and failing to report. It was alleged that the defendant had a collision on a private driveway, and subsequently failed to stop and exchange details and/or report the incident to a […]

Drive whilst unfit dropped before Court Our client was charged with an allegation of driving whilst unfit through drink. They had collided with a bus stop post and knocked it over. The police attended the scene and breathalysed our client, who gave a positive reading for alcohol. When they reached the police station, the client […]

Before deciding to instruct Patterson Law, Mr X was asked to attend the police station under suspicion of dangerous driving after an alleged road rage incident. It was at this police interview that Mr X admitted he was indeed driving at the time of the incident, but he denied the conduct described. Whilst this was being […]

Seatbelts We all use a seatbelt regularly, whether it be in a car, on a coach, or various other modes of transports. But what are the actual laws and regulations regarding using seatbelts? And what about child car seats? We’ve prepared a quick summary of the laws around seatbelts and car seats for your convenience. […]

As of Tuesday 28-6-2022, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 came into force, changing some current laws and creating some new ones. The most important changes that drivers need to be aware of are below: Changes to offences of Causing death by dangerous driving, and causing death by careless when under the influence […]

Driver at risk of 100 penalty points avoids totting disqualification. A driver who committed 23 speeding offences in quick succession, putting him at risk of a total of 100+ points, has avoided a six month totting disqualification at the Magistrates Court with the help of Patterson Law. The unfortunate driver started a new job in […]

Mobile Phone Use While Driving Law Changes – March 2022 When does the new law come into force? 25th March 2022. It will only apply to offences committed on or after that date. Offences committed before the 25th March will be prosecuted under the current law, even if they end up in Court after the […]

Changes to the Highway Code Major changes are being made to the Highway Code on the 29th January 2022 and all road users are being strongly encouraged to read the new rules. There is new focus around a ‘road hierarchy’ designed to give vulnerable road users a greater degree of protection and clarity provided over […]