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Legal advice: placing a deposit on a bike

Chris Dabbs, 11 September 2009 11:00

When you place a deposit to secure a bike that needs to be ordered months ahead and negotiate added incentives like an alarm, a dealer cannot pull out of the deal because the bike has gained in popularity. Your contract was for the bike with an alarm fitted, not one without it. It is irrelevant that the bike has gained ...

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Legal advice: Appearing in court for speeding

Chris Dabbs, 05 September 2009 08:30

If you have accused of speeding at more than 20mph over the relevant limit you won’t receive a Fixed Penalty Notice with a £60 fine and three points. Instead a Summons will be issued for you to attend Court where the magistrates will decide on your punishment. They have considerable discretion as to the level of fine and whether you ...

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Legal claims: 'No win, no fee' vs 'contingency fee'

Chris Dabbs, 28 August 2009 13:13

If you have to go to Law for an accident claim you may be offered a "no win, no fee" agreement or even a contingency fee agreement, but what's the difference? A Conditional Fee Agreement is what is commonly referred to as a no-win, no-fee agreement. This means that if a claim fails you don't pay your solicitor but if ...

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Legal advice: Can you forget about an offence after six months?

Chris Dabbs, 19 August 2009 10:15

It's a commonly held belief that there is a six-month limit on summons, and if one arrives 26 weeks after the offence, you can ignore it. Unfortunately the applicable six-month rule for a summons to be issued is within six months of the information being laid before the court, rather than within six months of the date of the offence. ...

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Buyers outside of the UK

Anonymous, 17 August 2009 19:15

I have recently been emailed about my bike from a potential 'French' buyer, it appears that all of the delays in the emails back and forth I must say on his part, have been bogus. I have been waiting for the 'bankers draft' for 2 weeks and he has fooled me into believing his intentions to be genuine. I suppose ...

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FAQ - Do traffic police have to wear high-vis clothing to be able to issue a ticket?

Chris Dabbs, 14 August 2009 10:55

There's nothing worse than a police officer suddenly appearing and waving you into the side of the road for a lecture at best, and probably a ticket too. It's so unfair, why aren't they wearing high-viz clothing, surely that's against the regulations? Sadly not, police officers do not have to wear specific clothing when engaged in roads policing or provide ...

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What to do if you disagree with your MoT

Marc Abbott, 05 August 2009 16:35

If you're not happy with the way your MoT test was conducted you should get in contact with your local Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) office, who administer the test. There should be a poster at the test station with the office address, or you can ring the MoT enquiry line on 0845-600-5977. You'll also need a form VT17 ...

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What if you get two NIPs on the same day?

Anonymous, 29 July 2009 12:00

If you are unlucky enough to get two Notices of Intent to Prosecute (NIPs) timed within a few minutes of each other you shouldn't be charged twice. Assuming that you are willing to accept the first offence and pay £60 and take three points then you will almost certainly succeed in getting off the second. Section 28 (2) of the ...

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Council road inspections: the code of conduct

Marc Abbott, 24 July 2009 13:11

If you've had an accident which you believe was caused by a badly-surfaced road, it's worth knowing that there is a code of practice that governs their inspection. You need to ask the council for their inspection and repair records for the stretch of road where you had your accident. If they had identified it as in need of repair ...

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Making an import road legal

Marc Abbott, 09 July 2009 13:12

The regulations for getting a bike legal on UK roads have been getting more complicated over the years and it’s easy to get confused if you have a bike that’s out of the ordinary, like a Japanese-market parallel. Does it need a Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval test or just an MOT? The MSVA and MOT are different things. An MOT ...

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