The government wants the UK to be at the forefront of this new technology. They believe that the proliferation of driverless cars will have significant benefits: 1) Increase in road safety – over 90% of accidents are caused by human error such as being distracted, carelessness or driving too fast. 2) Reduced insurance claims leading to lower insurance premiums. 3) Social inclusion for the elderly or disabled. 4) A reduction in emissions and fuel efficiency 5) A reduction in congestion

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We have all witnessed motorists who have driven in excess of the speed limits on our local roads and motorways in the UK – it is unfortunately a common sight. But what is likely to happen if a driver has been caught driving at extraordinarily higher speeds than allowed by the law, for example driving at 80mph in a 30mph zone?

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It is all too common to see motorway and dual carriageway drivers failing to move into the left hand lane after overtaking. Part 264 of the Highway Code advises motorists that "You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear”. Many motorists on UK roads don’t see a problem with middle lane hogging and are unaware that by doing so, they may be breaking the law. Some experts also believe that this style of driving leads to congestion on our motorways. There are also statistics that suggest lane hogging can frustrate drivers to the point whereby they admit that they resort to road rage.

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A fatal bin lorry crash in Glasgow in December 2014 has brought the requirement for Doctor’s to report health conditions to the forefront. The Fatal Accident Enquiry (FAI), which commenced in Scotland on the 22nd July and is expected to last up to 5 weeks, has heard evidence from Doctors who examined the driver prior to this tragic incident. Reports suggest that the driver, Mr Clarke, suffered a blackout in 2010 whilst employed as a driver with First Bus. Further allegations have been made in relation to Mr Clarke suffering fainting and dizziness.

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New Smoking Laws Coming in October 2015

By Solicitor at 00:00

The Government has released the new penalties for allowing smoking in private vehicles that are carrying someone under the age of 18. The changes that will be implemented from the 1st October 2015 will provide Police with the discretion to either issue a warning or a fixed penalty notice of £50. This is a significant change to the original proposals of the Government which we covered in an earlier blog Fine or Points. From the 1st October 2015 private vehicles that are carrying persons under the age of 18 must be smoke free. The rules will apply if they are enclosed, there is more than one person present and one of those persons is under the age of 18.

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