Common Questions

These are just some of the common questions that can arise:
What happens if I get 12 points on my licence?

If I receive a fixed penalty and I am on 9 points does this mean I won’t be disqualified?

Will I be disqualified if I’ve driven at more than 100mph?

What is the difference between a case in a Justice of the Peace Court and the Sheriff Court?

Can you challenge speed guns?

If I have been disqualified from driving can I get my licence back any earlier than the term fixed by the court?

What does it mean when the DVLA revoke your licence? How do you get it back?

When do you have to stop and exchange details with another driver?

When do you have to report an accident to the police?

How many penalty points can I get for speeding?

If I have been charged with drink driving can I have my car taken from me?

How does a laser speed gun work?

Can I be sent to prison for dangerous driving?

Do I have to tell my insurance company about outstanding charges?

These are just a some of the questions that we get asked regularly.
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THE KEY TO A STRONG DEFENCE IS KNOWING WHAT THE POLICE DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

DO THE POLICE EVEN KNOW HOW TO USE THE EQUIPMENT?In any case where the police have caught you using any form of speed detection equipment, in car systems, dash mounted or hand held devices of any kind, the police officers will be required to give evidence in court if you challenge the charge. If you challenge the ‘accuracy’ of the equipment the test for the prosecution is even greater. The police will need to demonstrate that the equipment is type approved, and has been properly tested, serviced and most importantly calibrated prior to use by the police. The police officers will also need to demonstrate that the equipment was “calibrated” and working as intended by the manufacturer immediately before use on the day the police used it to detect the speed of your vehicle. This is often much trickier for the police than it sounds and poses a problem for many a prosecutor.   IS THE EQUIPMENT CERTIFICATION CURRENT? If the device used by the police does not have a current calibration certificate it may not be used in speed detection. It should always be checked as an absolute minimum inquiry of the prosecution case.   ARE THE TESTS ON THE EQUIPMENT VALID? Speed detection equipment that falls in to the category of ‘type approved’ must always be maintained by suitably qualified technicians. It is not good enough that unqualified individuals simply carry out an assessment of the equipment. It is always worth checking the service history as well as the calibration of the equipment. Checks should be made that the servicing and technical assessment of the equipment has been carried out within the appropriate time periods, and that it was undertaken by a qualified individual. There will also be a log for the use of the equipment. This will be held by the police and can be requested. This will indicate whether the equipment has in fact been used before, how often. It may reveal issues that would not be otherwise apparent.   HOW DID THE POLICE USE THE EQUIPMENT ON THE DAY. WAS IT CORRECT AND PER MANUFACTURER’S USER GUIDELINES? If the police carried out the proper procedures on the day of the use of the equipment, they will have checked whether the equipment appeared to be working properly. They will then have been required to test the equipment against pre determined distances. This is to ensure that on the day of use the equipment was capable of accurate measurement. The equipment should always be checked on the day of use, both before and after use on the roads. A failure to perform these important checks can be fatal to a prosecution.   ALL EQUIPMENT CAN PRODUCE BAD RESULTS IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES This is a fact. The poor skills of an operator, or their ignorance as to the proper use of the device, can give rise to inaccurate results. The inherent faults found within some of these devices can also contribute to false results. The manufacturer guidelines for all speed detection equipment is a crucial starting point for any serious challenge to the test results being used against you. To competently challenge the weaknesses often present in speeding cases, you will require the assistance of a specialist road traffic lawyer.   AT BLACKWATER ROAD TRAFFIC LAW we assure a strong challenge to every speeding prosecution.