Legal Updates

New MOT requirements

From May this year, there will be three new categories of caution created in the MOT Inspection of motor vehicles.
Published: 06 Feb 2018

The importance of retaining evidence

Some time ago we were asked to advise about a problem that had occurred when a car, driven by the firm’s own mechanic on test, had crashed, badly injuring the mechanic and other innocent motorists. The road became blocked and the police were called as well as the emergency services.
The mechanic had no memory of the accident so was unable to shed light on the possible cause. As this happened in the days before forensic services were cut in the interests of cost saving for all but fatal mishaps, it had been possible to obtain a copy of a police report that gave several clues about the behaviour of the car in the immediate moments leading up to the disaster.
Published: 20 Dec 2017

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose!

Historians do not necessarily agree on the exact date the first Motor driven car ran in the world, but by consensus, this honour has been bestowed on Daimler Benz of Germany. It was Carl Benz who in 1885 produced his three-quarter horsepower three-wheel cart, on which his wife, Bertha and their two sons, undertook the first recorded long-distance run on a self-propelled motor car. In 1886, he developed a four-wheel version and a bigger engine. Both were rudimentary and steered by tiller, with wood blocks acting on the rims of the wheels as the only brake.
Published: 19 Oct 2017

Damage category changes

Insurance companies have for many years operated a system for categorising the level of damages to a motor vehicle.  The system was simple, easy to understand by both the trade and the public and set out four categories of damage.
Published: 12 Jul 2017

Speeding ever onwards

New guidelines intended for drivers caught speeding and set to come into place in the UK from April 24, 2017, will ensure they face stricter penalties and far higher fines, based on what they earn. This will mean offenders could now be fined up to 175% of their weekly income. In the UK, the current standard penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points on your licence. The maximum fine is £1,000 or £2,500 for motorway offences.
Published: 06 Apr 2017

Vauxhall...again

All owners or sellers of this car should in the first instance call the Vauxhall dealership nearest to them and quote their chassis number, asking the question “Is this car affected by the recall and when will you issue me with a recall letter?” A further question might ask “Should I stop using the car until rectified?”
Published: 08 Dec 2016

Customers test driving cars for sale

Much as it somehow seems to elude many, the fact is that when a customer asks to test drive a car they intend to buy, they are being put in charge of not only the capital asset of the car dealer, but a lethal weapon for which they may possess little skill to operate.
Published: 08 Jun 2016

Consumer Rights Act 2015-Video Evidence

The Consumer Rights Act will all too soon be upon us and with it will arrive a whole new raft of “rights” available to the customer who becomes dissatisfied with their purchase. One of the more onerous clauses in the Act will be the full right to reject the goods within the first 30 days for ANY fault, not just a serious fault.


Published: 03 Sep 2015

NEW DRUG/DRIVING REGULATIONS

As from 1st March, 2015 the law has changed in relation to driving while under the influence of drugs.
Published: 04 Mar 2015