Increase In Speeding Fines

The UK’s Sentencing Council, which sets the guideline for the fines or other penalties handed out by magistrates courts, has increased the maximum fine for the most serious speeding offences. The changes, which come into effect on 24 April 2017, represent a 50% increase in the amount you can be fined in court for exceeding the posted speed limit.

Under the changes you can now expect to be fined up to 150% of your week’s salary to a maximum of £2,500. Such fines are in addition to the courts’ ability to impose penalty points on your licence or disqualify you from driving for a period of at least seven days.

The amount you are fined, and the number of penalty points or length of driving ban you receive, is determined by how much faster than the speed limit you are going.

If you require advice on any motoring issue, please contact Hannah Jones of our specialist motoring unit on 02392 820747.

Change in Law for Rental Property

A new Act will come into force on 20th March 2019 which states that any property let by a landlord as a home must be fit for living in. This includes private renting, social housing and houses of multiple occupancy (HMO).

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New service for identifying charitable bequests

Senior Probate Executive, Alanna White, comments on a new system alerting charities to when they have been left money in wills is to be established by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) following a decision to end its current arrangement.

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Do you need to insure your car if you don’t drive it?

Partner, Hannah Jones, considers the implications of a recent ruling from the European court of Justice, which was asked “Do you need to insure a car that is kept secured off-road and which you have no intention of using?”

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Uber drivers entitled to workplace protections

The ‘gig’ economy is characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs. It is either a positive working environment that offers a great deal of flexibility. 

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