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Mallard v Director of Public Prosecutions: 1990

Citations: [1990] 91 Crim App R 108 Statutes: Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 15 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Director of Public Prosecutions, Regina (on the Application Of) v Chambers Admn 25-Jul-2003 The prosecutor appealed dismissal of charges of driving with excess alcohol. The defendant had admited driving, but said she had … Continue reading Mallard v Director of Public Prosecutions: 1990

Badkin v Director of Public Prosecutions: 1988

The defendant driver had provided two specimens of breath at the police station. The device used failed to provide a printout and the constable operating it decided that it could be unreliable. He required the defendant to provide a specimen of blood, which the defendant did. The part-specimen of blood retained by the police was … Continue reading Badkin v Director of Public Prosecutions: 1988

Crown Prosecution Service v Sedgemoor Justices: Admn 3 Jul 2007

Prosecutors appeal against refusal to accept evidence from academic toxicologist who was not an ‘authorised analyst’ of blood alcohol levels. Whether only ‘authorised analyst’ able to give evidence. Judges: Hughes LJ, Treacy J Citations: [2007] EWHC 1803 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988, 591) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 06 December … Continue reading Crown Prosecution Service v Sedgemoor Justices: Admn 3 Jul 2007

O’Sullivan v Director of Public Prosecutions: 27 Mar 2000

Where a motorist challenges the accuracy of the intoximeter, there is only an evidential burden on him. Citations: Unreported, 27 March 2000 Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 5 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: See Also – O’Sullivan v Director of Public Prosecutions Admn 4-Nov-1998 The court considered and gave directions for the form of statement … Continue reading O’Sullivan v Director of Public Prosecutions: 27 Mar 2000

Director of Public Prosecutions v Tooze: Admn 24 Jul 2007

Prsoecutor’s appeal against dismissal of charge of driving with excess alcohol. The dfeendant was arrested only some time after he had been driving and after he had consumed further alcohol. Citations: [2007] EWHC 2186 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 5(1)(a), Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 15 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Tooze: Admn 24 Jul 2007

Linse, Regina (on The Application of) v Chief Constable of North Wales Police: Admn 29 May 2020

Whether a certificate of motor insurance which may be avoided for non-disclosure is nevertheless a ‘valid’ certificate of insurance within the meaning of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (Retention and Disposal of Seized Motor Vehicles) Regulations 2005 Citations: [2020] EWHC 1288 (Admin) Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 04 December 2022; Ref: … Continue reading Linse, Regina (on The Application of) v Chief Constable of North Wales Police: Admn 29 May 2020

Robinson v Adair: QBD 2 Mar 1995

The Truro Crown Court had allowed Mr Adair’s appeal against his conviction for obstructing a highway. The prosecutor appealed. Held: It had to be decided whether a particular road had become by presumed dedication a public highway. The use relied on constituted an offence under section 34(1) of the 1988 Act. A claim of long … Continue reading Robinson v Adair: QBD 2 Mar 1995

Martin v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 30 Nov 1999

When a driver suffers an obligatory disqualification through a drink driving offence, the court may not at the same time impose on his licence additional penalty points for offences associated with the events of the drink driving offence. The 1988 Act was a consolidating act, and was not to be construed so as to change … Continue reading Martin v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 30 Nov 1999

Nembhard v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 21 Jan 2009

The defendant appealed against his conviction for failing to produce his driving documents, saying that the local police had stopped some 55 times in the previous 12 months, and that the request was improper and an abuse. Held: ‘An officer can only require a driver to produce his licence if the requirement is for the … Continue reading Nembhard v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 21 Jan 2009

Mighell v Reading and Another and Evans v Motor Insurers Bureau and White v White and Another: CA 30 Sep 1998

Passengers were injured in motor vehicles. The drivers were uninsured, and the MIB had declined to make payment. The doctrine of direct effect did not apply where the allegation was that the Motor Insurers Bureau arrangement did not comply with a European Directive. It was not clear whether the Bureau was an emanation of state, … Continue reading Mighell v Reading and Another and Evans v Motor Insurers Bureau and White v White and Another: CA 30 Sep 1998

Hereford and Worcester County Council v Pick: 1 Apr 1995

The issue was whether a presumed dedication of a road as a public highway could result from twenty years or more of uninterrupted public use in breach of section 34(1) of the 1988 Act. The court was considering whether a footpath, alleged to have become a public highway for vehicles by presumed dedication, had been … Continue reading Hereford and Worcester County Council v Pick: 1 Apr 1995

Drummond v Regina: CACD 7 Mar 2002

The appellant had been convicted of causing death by careless driving with excess alcohol. He said that he had taken alcohol after stopping driving but before being tested. He challenged the weight of the burden of proof ascribed by the statute. The judge had directed the jury that he faced a persuasive burden of establishing … Continue reading Drummond v Regina: CACD 7 Mar 2002

Regina v P and others: HL 19 Dec 2000

Where communications had been intercepted in a foreign country, and the manner of such interceptions had been lawful in that country, the evidence produced was admissible in evidence in a trial in England. An admission of such evidence was not an infringement of the rights to a fair trial, nor of the right to respect … Continue reading Regina v P and others: HL 19 Dec 2000

Shepherd and Shepherd v The Secretary of State For The Environment, Three Rivers District Council: CA 10 Oct 1997

The applicants appealed against an enforcement notice. They had constructed a vehicular access to their cottage over the site of a footpath. They claimed it was permitted as the construction of access to the highway. Held: The construction of such a drive over a public footpath could be an offence under the Road Traffic Act. … Continue reading Shepherd and Shepherd v The Secretary of State For The Environment, Three Rivers District Council: CA 10 Oct 1997

Cutter v Eagle Star Insurance Company Limited: CA 22 Nov 1996

The concept of a ‘Road’ under the Act includes areas of a public car park marked out for the use of vehicles. Citations: Times 03-Dec-1996, [1996] EWCA Civ 1029, [1997] 1 WLR 1082, [1998] RTR 309 Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 192 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Appeal from – Clarke v … Continue reading Cutter v Eagle Star Insurance Company Limited: CA 22 Nov 1996

Parish v Director of Public Prosecutions (Orse Parrish v Director of Public Prosecutions): QBD 1 Nov 1999

The defendant motorist was accused of driving with excess alcohol. There had been a difference in readings between two samples taken within a short time of each other. Held: He should have been allowed an adjournment to bring his own expert witness to explain the discrepancy. A breath test taken only a short time after … Continue reading Parish v Director of Public Prosecutions (Orse Parrish v Director of Public Prosecutions): QBD 1 Nov 1999

Regina v Lauder: CACD 27 Oct 1998

A defendant who had been convicted of manslaughter by using a motor vehicle or causing death by dangerous driving, or dangerous driving, must be required to take an extended driving test before his licence is returned. Courts have no discretion not to require a test. Citations: Times 05-Nov-1998, Gazette 25-Nov-1998, [1998] EWCA Crim 3037 Links: … Continue reading Regina v Lauder: CACD 27 Oct 1998

Regina v Woodward (Terence): CACD 7 Dec 1994

On a prosecution for causing death by dangerous driving, contrary to section 1 of the 1988 Act, the fact that the driver was adversely affected by alcohol was a relevant circumstance in determining whether he was driving dangerously.’The fact (if it be so) that an accused has ingested a large quantity of alcoholic drink is … Continue reading Regina v Woodward (Terence): CACD 7 Dec 1994

Crown Prosecution Service v Chalupa: Admn 30 Oct 2009

Judges: Lord Justice Elias Mr Justice Openshaw Citations: [2009] EWHC 3082 (Admin), (2010) 174 JP 111 Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 7(6) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 25 October 2022; Ref: scu.381667

Meeking, Regina v: CACD 29 Feb 2012

The defendant passenger pulled on the handbrake at speed and caused a crash which her husband, the driver could not prevent. She was charged with manslaughter. Judges: Toulson LJ, Kenneth Parker J, Barker QC J Common Serjeant Citations: [2012] EWCA Crim 641, [2012] 1 WLR 3349, [2013] RTR 4, [2012] WLR(D) 60 Links: Bailii Statutes: … Continue reading Meeking, Regina v: CACD 29 Feb 2012

Regina v Powell: CACD 14 Jul 1997

The defendant had been convicted of other offences at the crown court. Traffic offences were also committed for sentence. The judge imposed a disqualification and penalty points. The section clearly required either a disqualification, or imposition of points. He had erred in doing both, and the penalty points were removed. Citations: [1997] EWCA Crim 1828 … Continue reading Regina v Powell: CACD 14 Jul 1997

Hitchen, Regina (on The Application of) v Oxford Magistrates Court: Admn 19 Jan 2015

The claimant a 78 year old lady had crashed. Her appeal from revocation of her drivers licence was refused and she appealed. Held: The magistrates had not taken proper account of the drivers medical evidence. The decision was perverse and to be set aside. Citations: [2015] EWHC 271 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act … Continue reading Hitchen, Regina (on The Application of) v Oxford Magistrates Court: Admn 19 Jan 2015

Regina v Marison: CACD 16 Jul 1996

A diabetic who drove anticipating a diabetic attack was driving recklessly and his act constituted dangerous driving. Citations: Gazette 02-Aug-1996, Times 16-Jul-1996, [1997] RTR 457 Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 2A Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Milton v Crown Prosecution Service Admn 16-Mar-2007 The defendant appealed his conviction for dangerous driving, saying … Continue reading Regina v Marison: CACD 16 Jul 1996

Galandauer v Snaresbrook Crown Court: Admn 27 Jun 2006

The defendant, having succeeded at the crown court in reducing his ban for driving offences, now appealed a small order for costs in his favour. Held: He was entitled to the just and reasonable costs of making the appeal. The award of andpound;150 instead of andpound;650 without giving reasons was wrong. No solicitor whether in … Continue reading Galandauer v Snaresbrook Crown Court: Admn 27 Jun 2006

Director of Public Prosecutions v Walsall Magistrates’ Court and Another: Admn 5 Dec 2019

Two applications for judicial review, arising out of prosecutions for driving with a breath alcohol level in excess of the statutory limit, contrary to section 5(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (‘the RTA’). In both cases, following the service of a defence statement, the District Judge allowed a defence application for disclosure pursuant to … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Walsall Magistrates’ Court and Another: Admn 5 Dec 2019

Hussain v the Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 19 Mar 2008

Appeal by case stated – conviction for failing to provide specimen of breath. Machine at one station had failed on two occasions – defendant taken to second station and re-tested. Whether third test request lawful. Held: In completing the first two tests the defendant had not satisfied the statutory requirements, and ‘where no valid specimens … Continue reading Hussain v the Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 19 Mar 2008

Bingham, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 7 Feb 2003

The defendant appealed by case stated against a conviction for driving a lorry without due care and attention, leading to the death of another road user. There had been an unexplained swing of the rear of his trailer out into the path of the other vehicle. Held: It was plainly open to the magistrates to … Continue reading Bingham, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 7 Feb 2003

Coe, Regina v: CACD 14 Jul 2009

The defendant appealed against his conviction for causing death by dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath. Citations: [2009] EWCA Crim 1452 Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 3A(1) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Crime, Road Traffic Updated: 26 August 2022; Ref: scu.347706

Churchill Insurance Company Ltd v Wilkinson and Others: CA 19 May 2010

The various insured defendants had been driven in the insured vehicles by a non-insured driver. Suffering injury at the negligence of the driver, they recovered variously damages. Their insurance companies sought recovery of the sums paid from their respective insureds under the policy terms, section 151 and under European law. Appeals and cross appeals were … Continue reading Churchill Insurance Company Ltd v Wilkinson and Others: CA 19 May 2010

A and B, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Health: SC 14 Jun 2017

The court was asked: ‘Was it unlawful for the Secretary of State for Health, the respondent, who had power to make provisions for the functioning of the National Health Service in England, to have failed to make a provision which would have enabled women who were citizens of the UK, but who were usually resident … Continue reading A and B, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Health: SC 14 Jun 2017

Gabriel Mckeon v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 19 Dec 2007

The defendant appealed his conviction for failing to give a specimen of breath saying that he had had no more breath to give. The machine had required the mouthpiece to be retained for inspection, but the officer had disposed of it. In formulating their case, the justices stated that the defendant had failed to prove … Continue reading Gabriel Mckeon v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 19 Dec 2007

A v British Broadcasting Corporation (Scotland): SC 8 May 2014

Anonymised Party to Proceedings The BBC challenged an order made by the Court of Session in judicial review proceedings, permitting the applicant review to delete his name and address and substituting letters of the alphabet, in the exercise (or, as the BBC argues, purported exercise) of a common law power. The court also gave directions … Continue reading A v British Broadcasting Corporation (Scotland): SC 8 May 2014

Director of Public Prosecutions v Garnett: Admn 30 Oct 1997

Appeal against acquittal of offence of driving a motor vehicle whilst over the prescribed alcohol limit. The defendant had challenged the calibration of the Camic breath testing machine which showed the incorrect date. Citations: [1997] EWHC Admin 946 Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 5(1)(a), Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 69 Jurisdiction: England and Wales … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Garnett: Admn 30 Oct 1997

Wade v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 14 Feb 1995

The Police Constable had failed to enquire further on the issue of ‘taking tablets’ as a medical reason for refusing to give a breath test. The prosecution failed. Citations: Times 14-Feb-1995, (1996) RTR 177 Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 5(1) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Steadman v Director of Public Prosecutions QBD … Continue reading Wade v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 14 Feb 1995

Gidden v Chief Constable of Humberside: Admn 29 Oct 2009

The driver appealed against his conviction for speeding, saying that he had not been given the requisite notice within the 14 days required: ‘The notice of intended prosecution had been sent to him by first class ordinary post in circumstances where he would ordinarily have been expected to receive it in 14 days, but in … Continue reading Gidden v Chief Constable of Humberside: Admn 29 Oct 2009

Robbie the Pict, Regina (On the Application of) v Crown Prosecution Service: Admn 24 Apr 2009

The defendant appealed against a conviction that he had driven a vehicle through a red light contrary to the provisions of section 36(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and related regulations. He said that the Gatsometer device was not an approved device as required, saying that the 1991 Act required any such approval to … Continue reading Robbie the Pict, Regina (On the Application of) v Crown Prosecution Service: Admn 24 Apr 2009

Cameron v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co Ltd: SC 20 Feb 2019

The Court was asked in what circumstances is it permissible to sue an unnamed defendant? The respondent was injured when her car collided with another. The care was insured but by a driver giving a false name. The car owner refused to identify him. The insurers now appealed against Held: The appeal succeeded. It is … Continue reading Cameron v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co Ltd: SC 20 Feb 2019

Walden, Regina (on the Application of) v Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court: Admn 19 Mar 2003

The defendant appealed a decision of the magistrates to adjourn his trial for a breathaliser offence when the Crown Prosecution Service had not warned officers to attend to give evidence. On this application, the CPS filed an acknowledgment, did not attend the hearing or seek to justify its failure to warn the police officers. No … Continue reading Walden, Regina (on the Application of) v Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court: Admn 19 Mar 2003

Malcolm v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 27 Feb 2007

Appeal by way of case stated from a decision convicting the Appellant of the offence of driving a motor vehicle on a road when the proportion of alcohol in her breath exceeded the prescribed limit, contrary to section 5(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 – whether the magistrates, who had retired to consider their … Continue reading Malcolm v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 27 Feb 2007

Breckon v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 22 Aug 2007

The defendant appealed against his conviction for driving with excess alcohol. Held: There was no requirement that the prosecutor should produce the results of the roadside breath test in evidence, and the breathalyser was of the approved type. The appeal failed. Reliance had been placed on the fact that the guide to type approval relating … Continue reading Breckon v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 22 Aug 2007

Currie, Regina v: CACD 26 Apr 2007

The defendant appealed his conviction for dangerous driving. The failure of the police to serve him with a notice of intended prosecution invalidated the conviction. The police replied that there was no need for such a notice because there had been an accident. The driver had been stopped but had then driven off. A police … Continue reading Currie, Regina v: CACD 26 Apr 2007

Paul and others v Deputy Coroner of the Queen’s Household and Another: Admn 2 Mar 2007

The applicants sought judicial review of preliminary directions given for the intended inquest on the deaths of Diana Princess of Wales and of Dodi Al Fayed. It was submitted that the jurisdiction had been wrongly transferred to the Queen’s Coroner under section 14. Held: under the 1988 Act, the Coroner for the Queen’s household was … Continue reading Paul and others v Deputy Coroner of the Queen’s Household and Another: Admn 2 Mar 2007

Regina v Inner London Justices ex parte Cukic: Admn 1 Sep 1995

The applicant sought judicial review of the refusal of the magistrates to state a case for him to appeal to the High Court. He had been convicted of failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis. The magistrates considered the request frivolous within the 1980 Act. He held, as a finding of fact, that … Continue reading Regina v Inner London Justices ex parte Cukic: Admn 1 Sep 1995

Regina v Haringey Magistrates’ Court ex parte Amvrosiou: Admn 13 Jun 1996

When the appellant appeared at the Magistrates’ Court to answer a charge of driving whilst uninsured, a preliminary point was taken on her behalf that the prosecution had not been commenced within 6 months of the date on which evidence sufficient in the opinion of the prosecutor to warrant proceedings had become available. In response … Continue reading Regina v Haringey Magistrates’ Court ex parte Amvrosiou: Admn 13 Jun 1996

Director of Public Prosecutions v Wood; Director of Public Prosecutions v McGillicuddy: Admn 19 Jan 2006

Each defendant sought disclosure of materials concerning the intoximeter instruments, having been charged with driving with excess alcohol. The defendants said that the meters were inaccurate and that the manufacturers were in effect part of the prosecution, and subject to disclosure requirements accordingly. The prosecution replied that the meter manufacturer specifications were protected as confidential. … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Wood; Director of Public Prosecutions v McGillicuddy: Admn 19 Jan 2006

Director of Public Prosecutions v Coulter: Admn 29 Jun 2005

The magistrates stated a case where the police officer requiring a breath speciment, had not allowed a wait of 20 minutes where the defendant had recently eaten a ‘tic-tac’, contrary to the procedure. Judges: Kennedy LJ, Crane J Citations: [2005] EWHC 1533 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 7(6), Road Traffic Offenders Act … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Coulter: Admn 29 Jun 2005

Gidden v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 29 Oct 2009

The defendant appealed against his conviction for speeding on an appeal to the crown court. He said that he had not received the notice of intended prosecution as required within fourteen days. Held: The Act shifted the burden of proof of late delivery onto the defendant. The letter by had been sent ordinary first-class post … Continue reading Gidden v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 29 Oct 2009

Clenshaw v Tanner and others: CA 27 Nov 2002

The claimant was a cyclist. He passed along inside a line of traffic, and collided with a lorry turning left into a petrol station ahead of him, suffering serious injuries. He appealed against a finding that the lorry driver had signalled and that he had not been watching where he was going. Held: The claimant … Continue reading Clenshaw v Tanner and others: CA 27 Nov 2002

Director of Public Prosecutions v Jackson, Stanley v Director of Public Prosecutions: HL 29 Jul 1998

When requesting a drink driver suspect to give a specimen of blood, an officer’s failure to say that the specimen will be taken by a doctor was not fatal to the prosecution. The issue of whether the blood sample was to be taken had properly been described by the officer as a decision for the … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Jackson, Stanley v Director of Public Prosecutions: HL 29 Jul 1998

Director of Public Prosecutions v McKeown and Jones: HL 20 Feb 1997

A driver was arrested for driving with excess alcohol. At the police station, he was to be tested with the Lion Intoximeter. The officer tested the machine and it calibrated correctly. This was at about a quarter after midnight; the sergeant’s watch said 00.13 am, but the time display on the machine read 23:00. Part … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v McKeown and Jones: HL 20 Feb 1997

Regina v Roberts and George: CACD 31 Jul 1996

The defendants, a lorry driver and his employer, appealed against convictions for causing death by dangerous driving, and procuring the same. A wheel came loose from the wagon on the motorway, and collided with another vehicle, killing the driver. It was not suggested that the driver’s actual driving fell below a proper standard. Held: Causing … Continue reading Regina v Roberts and George: CACD 31 Jul 1996

Parker v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 7 Dec 2000

The irrebuttable presumption contained in the Act that the level of alcohol contained in the accused’s blood at the time when he was stopped was no less than the level measured later that the police station, was not incompatible with the defendant’s right to a fair trial. It lay ill in the mouth of a … Continue reading Parker v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 7 Dec 2000

Director of Public Prosecutions v Orchard: Admn 17 Oct 2000

The prosecution appealed a finding of no case to answer against a defendant accused of driving with excess alcohol. On being offered a choice of blood or urine test, he had asked ‘What is the quickest way out of here’ which the officer recorded as declining to accept the offer. The magistrates had relied upon … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Orchard: Admn 17 Oct 2000

Regina v St Albans Crown Court ex parte O’Donovan: Admn 9 Jul 1999

Citations: [1999] EWHC Admin 664 Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 5 Citing: Cited – Taylor v Rajan 2-Jan-1974 The defendant had consumed alcohol so that the alcohol level was 102 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. An appeal was heard as to whether there existed special reasons for not disqualifying him. … Continue reading Regina v St Albans Crown Court ex parte O’Donovan: Admn 9 Jul 1999

Director of Public Prosecutions v Elsender: Admn 9 Jun 1999

Citations: [1999] EWHC Admin 529 Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 85 Citing: Cited – Taylor v Rajan 2-Jan-1974 The defendant had consumed alcohol so that the alcohol level was 102 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. An appeal was heard as to whether there existed special reasons for not disqualifying him. … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Elsender: Admn 9 Jun 1999

Crown Prosecution Service v Paul O’Shea: Admn 11 May 1998

Prosecutor’s appeal against dismissal of charge of driving with excess alcohol. Citations: [1998] EWHC Admin 517 Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 5(1)(a) Citing: Cited – Regina v Absolam CACD 1990 A was arrested. He was already on bail for possession of cannabis, and in the hope finding further evidence he was asked to … Continue reading Crown Prosecution Service v Paul O’Shea: Admn 11 May 1998

David Hallinan v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 24 Apr 1998

Where a passenger is injured during a bus ride, the accident occurs when he is injured, and driver has a duty to stop immediately in order to report the accident even if no other vehicle was involved. Citations: Times 07-May-1998, [1998] EWHC Admin 437 Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 170 Road Traffic Updated: … Continue reading David Hallinan v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 24 Apr 1998

Jones v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 26 Mar 1998

A van was stopped carrying a delivery of coal. The insurance was for social domestic and pleasure purposes only. The owner appealed a conviction for using it without insurance. Held: ‘using’ when the description of the offence in connection includes alternatives of causing and permitting is to have a restricted meaning. There was not evidence … Continue reading Jones v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 26 Mar 1998

Murray v The United Kingdom: ECHR 27 Mar 2008

The claimant complained that he had been obliged to provide evidence to allow his prosecution to go ahead. He had been caught by a speed camera driving over the speed limit and been required to confirm the identity of the driver or face a heavier penalty. Judges: Lech Garlicki, President Citations: 36344/05, [2008] ECHR 369 … Continue reading Murray v The United Kingdom: ECHR 27 Mar 2008

Wayne Swan v Vehicle Inspectorate: Admn 11 Nov 1996

The Time limit for commencing a prosecution doesn’t begin to run until a person authorised to prosecute is told of the circumstances. A traffic examiner, not authorised to take a decision to prosecute could not be the ‘prosecutor’ under section 6 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988. Citations: Gazette 15-Jan-1997, Times 11-Dec-1996, [1996] EWHC … Continue reading Wayne Swan v Vehicle Inspectorate: Admn 11 Nov 1996

Director of Public Prosecutions v Tucker: Admn 6 Nov 1996

Citations: [1996] EWHC Admin 198 Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 5(1)(a) Citing: Cited – Taylor v Rajan 2-Jan-1974 The defendant had consumed alcohol so that the alcohol level was 102 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. An appeal was heard as to whether there existed special reasons for not disqualifying him. … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Tucker: Admn 6 Nov 1996

Mehdi Norowzian v Arks Ltd and Guinness Brewing Worldwide Limited (No 2): CA 11 Nov 1999

The claimant film artist showed a film to an advertising agency, who did not make use of it, but later appeared to use techniques and styles displayed in the film in subsequent material sold to third parties. Held: A film was protected as a dramatic work subject to copyright law, but not the artistic techniques … Continue reading Mehdi Norowzian v Arks Ltd and Guinness Brewing Worldwide Limited (No 2): CA 11 Nov 1999

Director of Public Prosecutions v Spurrier: QBD 21 Jul 1999

It was not absolutely necessary for a defendant who asserted that a Lion Intoximeter was faulty because of a disparity between the reading and what had been drunk, to bring expert evidence to rebut the statutory presumption that the Intoximeter was in working order. A court could reach such a conclusion without such evidence, but … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Spurrier: QBD 21 Jul 1999

Director of Public Prosecutions v Warren: HL 9 Dec 1992

It was a Police Constable’s responsibility to decide whether a blood or urine specimen was to be taken. He needn’t offer the urine option: ‘it is clear that under section 8(2) the driver, in order that he may decide whether or not to claim that the breath specimen be replaced, should be fully informed of … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Warren: HL 9 Dec 1992

Director of Public Prosecutions v Bristow: QBD 28 Oct 1996

The prosecutor appealed against the decision of the magistrates, having found the defendant guilty of driving with excess alcohol, then not to disqualify him, finding special reasons for so doing. He had gone in answer to a call that a child niece was being assaulted and held against her will. Held: There may be special … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Bristow: QBD 28 Oct 1996

Director of Public Prosecutions v Coyle: QBD 17 Jul 1995

There was no need for a police officer to warn the defendant of the three minute cycle for the Intoximeter after a test. A failure to warn a motorist of the machine time limit was not good reason for a driver to refuse to give a specimen. Citations: Ind Summary 17-Jul-1995, Times 20-Jul-1995 Statutes: Road … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Coyle: QBD 17 Jul 1995

Director of Public Prosecutions v Harris: QBD 16 Mar 1994

The defence of necessity will be available only in exceptional circumstances even for police drivers driving in pursuit of a suspect. The care due from the driver of an emergency vehicle crossing a junction against red lights is specifically provided for by that regulation, and in these circumstances the common law defence of necessity does … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Harris: QBD 16 Mar 1994

Director of Public Prosecutions v McCarthy: QBD 8 Jan 1999

A driver required to give his name and address satisfied the address requirement by giving an address at which he could properly be contacted. The address of his solicitor was satisfactory provided reasonably swift and easy communication was possible. Citations: Gazette 17-Mar-1999, Times 08-Jan-1999, Gazette 03-Feb-1999 Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 170(2) Road Traffic Updated: … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v McCarthy: QBD 8 Jan 1999

Cawthhorn v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 31 Aug 1999

The duty falling upon a driver to stop and report an accident immediately and in any event with 24 hours, was not dependent upon him actually driving at the time. A driver parked the vehicle on a hill and left it to post a letter. It rolled away and caused damage. The driver ran away, … Continue reading Cawthhorn v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 31 Aug 1999

Baldwin v West Yorkshire Police, orse Baldwin v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 3 Jul 1995

The choice given to a person detained on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol, of giving either a blood or a urine sample was given satisfactorily, if it was done properly and fairly. Curtis J: ‘I would observe that the words of Lord Bridge in Director of Public Prosecutions v. Warren [1993] R.T.R. 58 are … Continue reading Baldwin v West Yorkshire Police, orse Baldwin v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 3 Jul 1995

Greenway v Director of Public Prosecutions: 1993

The defendant appealed against his conviction for driving with excess alcohol. The officer had given evidence that at the time of the test all of the readings showed that the machine was working properly. That evidence was not challenged by the defence. Held: The court rejected, submissions that the print-out had not been put in … Continue reading Greenway v Director of Public Prosecutions: 1993