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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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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 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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