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Road Safety History 2003 - 2005

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

Please note that we only deal with personal injury compensation claims and we do not provide advice on motoring offences.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF LAW / REGULATION / EVENT ETC. PAGE 6

2003 Congestion charging is introduced in Central London on 17 March. Most vehicles entering the designated area will be charged £5 or will face an £80 fine. The congestion charge applies from 7.00am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public Holidays. The charge does not apply at weekends. For full details see the official website  - www.cclondon.com

Britain's first Toll Motorway was partly opened on 9 December and fully open on 14th. The 27 mile stretch of road linking junctions 4 and 11 of the M6 Motorway in the West Midlands cost £900million to build.  At peak times drivers of cars will initially pay a toll of £2, vans will be charged at £5 and HGV's will pay£10.  Rates will be reduced at night. 

2004 A personal injury lawyer has long been able to establish liability against drivers who were using a mobile phone at the time of a collision. Drivers holding a mobile phone whilst driving could have three penalty points endorsed on their licence when a Bill to be put before parliament in twelve to eighteen months becomes law.  The fixed penalty fine could rise to £60 at the same time.

This change in the law has come about as a result of evidence brought forward in civil compensation claims by personal injury lawyer advocates proving that a phone was in use at the time of the accident after perusal of subpoened phone records.


Jaguar to end car production at Coventry (UK).  More than 1100 jobs will be lost when Jaguar ends 50 years of luxury car making in Coventry.  The company announced that production of the XJ saloon and  the XK sports model will switch to Castle Bromwich 15 miles away.
Jaguar is also pulling out of Formula 1 Motor Racing and Ford is putting all of it's F1 business up for sale.

Talks are taking place which may lead to the sale of MG Rover, Britain's leading volume car producer being sold to the Chinese for £1 billion. This move is unlikely to succeed but could save over 6,000 jobs for those drectly employed.

The cost of taking a driving test will be increased from 8 December.  Fees for the practical part of the test will rise to £42 for cars, £51 for motorcycles and £80 for lorries and buses.

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

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