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
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
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:  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
driving while disqualified Citations:  EWHC 768 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 3(1)(b) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 21 July 2022; Ref: scu.185586
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
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
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
Judges: Collins J Citations:  EWHC 552 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Town Police Clauses Act 1847& 45, Road Traffic Act 1988 143 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 10 July 2022; Ref: scu.251148
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
The claimant had been severely injured in a road traffic accident. His claim was compromised and embodied in a court order, but later a question was raised as to whether he had had mental capacity at the time to make the compromise he had. Held: The term ‘patient’ in this context had a meaning specific … Continue reading Bailey v Warre: CA 7 Feb 2006
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
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
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
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
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,  ECHR 369 … Continue reading Murray v The United Kingdom: ECHR 27 Mar 2008
Citations:  EWHC Admin 129 Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 3 Road Traffic Updated: 25 May 2022; Ref: scu.137074
Choice between blood and urine sample did not need explanation of doctor’s role. Citations: Times 13-Mar-1997,  EWHC Admin 83 Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 5(1) 7(4) 8(2) Road Traffic Updated: 25 May 2022; Ref: scu.137028
No right to legal advice before choice of blood/urine specimen after breath test. Citations: Times 24-Mar-1997 Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 8(2) Road Traffic Updated: 19 May 2022; Ref: scu.80052
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
Blood sample not inadmissible because Defendant unable to comprehend choices for drink. Citations: Times 07-Nov-1995 Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 8 Road Traffic Updated: 19 May 2022; Ref: scu.79986
The police had set up a series of speed traps in London Road, Croydon. Mr Little occupied himself giving warning signals to drivers approaching the traps, thus ensuring that they did not exceed the speed limit. There was no evidence that the drivers were exceeding the speed limit at the time when they received Mr … Continue reading Bastable v Little: 1907
Where land is on the face of it private land, the prosecutor accusing the defendant of driving on a public road, must establish the fact of public access, as here in relation to the forecourt of a private members club. Citations:  RTR 286 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Harriot v Director … Continue reading Pugh v Knipe: 1972
A motorist was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and was required to provide a specimen of breath. He claimed that he had consumed alcohol only a few minutes earlier and the constable had to wait until 20 minutes had elapsed before administering a breath test. Meanwhile the appellant consumed more alcohol supplied … Continue reading Dibble v Ingleton: 1972
Justices had to be careful not to convict of driving with excess alcohol unless they were sure on the basis of scientific and other evidence that the defendant had been over the limit at the time of the alleged offence. Citations:  3 All ER 733,  QB 170,  Crim LR 776, (1987) 86 … Continue reading Gumbley v Cunningham: 1987
The defendant appealed his conviction for driving with excess alcohol, arguing that the prosecution had failed to provide the roadside breath test figures. Held: The appeal failed, and was indeed hopeless. Pill LJ said: ‘The specimens of breath which established whether or not a defendant has committed an offence under section 5(1) of the 1988 … Continue reading Smith v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 30 Jan 2007
In the absence of evidence of calibration of an Intoximeter either before or after the second specimen was produced, there had been a failure to prove the precondition that the machine was working satisfactorily. Citations:  RTR 281 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Sneyd v Director of Public Prosecutions Admn 24-Feb-2006 The … Continue reading Mayon v Director of Public Prosecutions: 1988
Citations:  EWHC Admin 39 Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 5(1) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 05 May 2022; Ref: scu.136587
Prosecutions brought against motorists in unconnected circumstances for driving a motor vehicle on a road or other public place after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion if it in their respective breath exceeded the prescribed limit, contrary to s. 5 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The same defence solicitors have appeared and, in … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court: Admn 7 Jul 2017
Judges: Lord Justice Elias Mr Justice Hickinbottom Citations:  EWHC 4089 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 170(4) 171 1(b)(i) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 23 April 2022; Ref: scu.542536
Whether or not the condition of a vehicle is such that it is a danger to any person is a question of fact. Judges: Otton LJ and Astill LJ Citations: Unreported, 4 December 1988 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, Regina (on the Application of) v Henderson Admn … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Potts: QBD 4 Dec 1988
The defendant had successfully argued no case to answer, on a charge of driving without due care. The prosecutor appealed by way of case stated. From the detailed notes available to the court, it was clear that there was evidence before them to put the defendant to an answer. Case remitted. Citations:  EWHC Admin … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Spicer: Admn 13 Mar 1997
Requirement for blood test not invalidated by not asking before refusal. Citations: Times 13-Mar-1997 Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 7(3) Road Traffic Updated: 09 April 2022; Ref: scu.86340
An injured suspect should still be asked why a blood specimen should not to be taken. A failure to follow the statutory procedure to request a blood sample in hospital had misled the driver. Citations: Independent 27-Jan-1995, Independent 29-Dec-1994, Times 17-Nov-1994 Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 5(1)(a) Road Traffic Updated: 09 April 2022; Ref: scu.86259
Doctors certificate re blood sample admissible when service requirements waived by defendant; no signature on certificate. Citations: Times 21-Jul-1997 Statutes: Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 16 Transport Updated: 09 April 2022; Ref: scu.83218
Defendant convicted for driving wth excess alcohol – Appeal against finding that no special reasons for reducing penalty – belch during breath test artificially raising reading. Citations:  EWHC 36 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Offenders Act 34(1), Road Traffic Act 1988 5(1)(a) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 06 April 2022; Ref: … Continue reading Ng v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 26 Jan 2007
Citations:  EWHC 100 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 172 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 04 April 2022; Ref: scu.604741
The court was asked whether, at least in the particular circumstances of the case, self-induced intoxication could properly amount to a ‘reasonable excuse’ for failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis, for the purposes of an alleged offence under section 7(6) of the 1988 Act. Held: In these particular xircumstances, no. Judges: Lindblom … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Camp: Admn 15 Dec 2017
Failure to name driver Judges: Sir Ross Cranston Citations:  EWHC 2546 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 172 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 01 April 2022; Ref: scu.599394
The defendant challenged the obligatory requirement that evidence given by a person under 17 in sex or violent offence cases must normally be given by video link. Held: The purpose of the section was to improve the quality of the evidence presented to a court. There was no absolute right for a defendant to be … Continue reading D (A Minor), Regina (on the Application of) v Camberwell Green Youth Court: HL 27 Jan 2005
Appeal by way of Case Stated against the a conviction of an offence of tampering with a motor vehicle contrary to section 25 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. Judges: Thirlwall LJ, Haddon-Cave J Citations:  EWHC 1162 (Admin),  4 WLR 102,  WLR(D) 361 Links: Bailii, WLRD Jurisdiction: England and Wales Crime Updated: … Continue reading JS (A Child) v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 18 May 2017
RoadPeace challenged certain legislation, as to compulsory insurance for motor vehicles, and for payment of compensation for personal injury and damages caused by uninsured driver, saying that it failed properly to implement European law. Held: Ouseley J recorded and accepted the view of the Secretary of State for Transport and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau that … Continue reading RoadPeace v Secretary of State for Transport: Admn 7 Nov 2017
The driver’s car failed its MOT., He took it to private premises to repair. In those repairs, inflammable materials ignited and the fire spread those premises and adjoining third party premises. The premise’ insurers paid the owners of both and claimed an indemnity from the driver. His motor policy covered him, as required in respect … Continue reading R and S Pilling (T/A Phoenix Engineering) v UK Insurance Ltd: SC 27 Mar 2019
The defendant lorry driver was interviewed to discover his involvement in a road traffic accident in whch damage was caused to a stationery vehicle. He said that he had been unaware of any such collision, though he had been driving at that location at the time. Having given no evidence, he now appealed against his … Continue reading Selby v Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset: QBD 1988
A car was seen speeding. Husband and wife each said that they did not know who was driving it in response to notices requiring that information. Mrs M now appealed against her conviction under section 172. Beatson LJ, Kenneth Parker J  EWHC 2333 (Admin), (2016) 180 JP 33 Bailii Road Traffic Act 1988 172(2)(b) … Continue reading Marshall v Crown Prosecution Service: Admn 17 Jun 2015
Those advertising and selling devices which were designed to detect the presence of police radar speed devices commit the offence of incitement under section 1(1) of the 1949 Act which required a licence for the use of such apparatus.  RTR 251,  Crim LR 131 Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 1(1) England and Wales Cited … Continue reading Invicta Plastics Limited v Clare: QBD 1976
The defendant resisted extradition to Brussels saying that the offence had been committed in part in England. He had absconded and been convicted. Application was made for his return to serve his sentence. The offences associated with organisation of illegal immigration, fell within the European framework list, but section 65(2)(a) was not satisfied. Held: ‘the … Continue reading Office of the King’s Prosecutor, Brussels v Cando Armas and others: HL 17 Nov 2005
The court was asked: ‘i) whether it is possible to obtain a judgment in respect of a claim for damages against a defendant identified only by description (‘an unnamed defendant’), in the context of a motor claim against an unidentified hit-and-run driver, where the vehicle was identified and an insurance policy had been effected in … Continue reading Cameron v Hussain and Another: CA 23 May 2017
Prosecutor’s appeal against dismissal of charge of failing to provide specimen of breath on bais that police had failed properly to follow the procedures.  EWHC Admin 1046 Road Traffic Act 1988 7(6) England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 04 January 2022; Ref: scu.137991
 EWHC Admin 1042 Road Traffic Act 1988 143(2) England and Wales Citing: Appealed to – Director of Public Prosecutions v Kavaz CACD 17-Mar-1999 The duty to demonstrate that a car is properly insured and has an MOT certificate remains the responsibility of the actual driver. . . Cited – Rex v Oliver 1944 When … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Kavaz: Admn 25 Nov 1997
 EWHC Admin 937 Road Traffic Act 1988 41B, Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 80(1)(b) England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 03 January 2022; Ref: scu.137882
 EWHC Admin 980 Road Traffic Act 1988 133 England and Wales Citing: Cited – Stilk v Myrick KBD 16-Dec-1809 No Obligation Incurred without ConsiderationThe plaintiff agreed to sail with the defendant on a voyage being paid pounds 5.00 a month. Two crew deserted and the captain asked the remainder to do their work sharing … Continue reading Mahmood v Vehicle Inspectorate: Admn 5 Nov 1997
The Appellant appeals by way of Case Stated against a decision of the Faversham and Sittingbourne Justices in Kent whereby, on 13th October 1997, they convicted him of an offence of driving while unfit through drugs, contrary to section 4(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Schedule 2 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act … Continue reading Leetham v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 13 Oct 1997
The defendant appealed against his conviction for reckless driving. He said the offence was committed out of necessity, since his passenger’s life was under threat. Held: Necessity can only be a defence to a charge of reckless driving where the facts establish ‘duress of circumstances’ . . where the defendant was constrained by circumstances to … Continue reading Regina v Conway: CACD 28 Jul 1988
A 15-year old (Deacon or Deakin) who drove a motor car on a Council housing estate was charged with offences of driving a vehicle on a road A road in a housing estate, used only by those who resided in the estate or the visitors, and not by the public generally was held not to … Continue reading Deacon v AT (a minor): QBD 1976
The appellant had been convicted by justices of an offence of being in charge of a mechanically propelled vehicle on a public place while unfit through drink, contrary to section 4 of the 1988 Act. The issue was whether the vehicle was on a public place. The place in question was a private car park … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Richardson: Admn 27 Nov 2014
Defence of Necessity has a Place in Criminal Law The defendant appealed against his conviction for driving whilst disqualified. He said he had felt obliged to drive his stepson to work because his stepson had overslept. His wife (who had suicidal tendencies) had been threatening suicide unless he drove the boy to work, since she … Continue reading Regina v Martin (Colin): CACD 29 Nov 1988
Necessity not a defence to reckless driving The trial judge had refused to leave to the jury the defence of necessity, which the appellant sought to bring to a road traffic allegation. Held: The appeal failed. Caulfield J referred to the authorities, and said: ‘In view of our ultimate decision it is not necessary to … Continue reading Regina v Denton: CACD 1987
Motorcyclist negligent without helmet The plaintiff sought damages after an accident. The defendant car driver had negligently moved forward into the path of the plaintiff motor cyclist who was injured. The defendant argued that the plaintiff, a motorcyclist, was contributorily negligent in not wearing a crash helmet. Held: Once the court had established that the … Continue reading O’Connell v Jackson: CA 7 Jul 1971
The defendant had crashed his car after driving off with a girl, and while being chased by another car driven by her boyfriend. The police first cautioned him for false imprisonment, but then prosecuted him for careless driving. The prosecutor appealed against a successful plea of autrefois convict. The defendant said that the offence for … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Alexander: Admn 27 Jul 2010
The court asked what reduction if any should be made to a plaintiff’s damages where injuries were caused not only by the defendant’s negligent driving but also by the failure of the plaintiff to wear a seat belt. It had been submitted that, since the defendant was not responsible for the failure of the plaintiff … Continue reading Froom v Butcher: CA 21 Jul 1975
The claimant appealed against refusal of judicial review of decisions of the parking adjudicator as to the correctness of 39 penalty charge notices. In each case, they said that the signage supporting the notice, in particular single and double yellow lines and flashes was inadequate or wrong. It was said that a failure of any … Continue reading Herron and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v The Parking Adjudicator: CA 27 Jul 2011
Magistrates to identify reasons for finding guilt The defendant appealed agains his conviction under section 172 of the 1988 Act. He had been abroad when his car attracted the speeding fine, but had been unable to identify which iof the several people who might have driven it, had done so. Held: The decision of the … Continue reading Weightman v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 6 Mar 2007
The Service appealed by case stated against the dismissal of a charge of driving with excess alcohol. The arresting officer had not administered the roadside breath test not having one with him, and had not been trained to make the necessary assessment. The driver had said that the arrest without the test was unlawful. Held: … Continue reading Crown Prosecution Service, Regina (on The Application of) v Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court: Admn 27 Nov 2009
Photographic output was part of device process The defendant appealed his conviction for speeding, complaining at the technical accuracy of the Gatso camera used, and the use of photographs developed from pictures taken by the cameras. Held: The photographs used for analysis were records produced by a prescribed device, even though not directly produced: ‘The … Continue reading Griffiths v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 22 Mar 2007
After the defendant was arrested for drugs offences a restraint order was made to prevent dissipation of his assets. Orders were made to vary the restraint to allow payment of his sons school fees, and in family proceedings for a payment to his wife. The Commissioners of Customs and Excise appealed the latter order. Held: … Continue reading In re Peters: CA 1988
A Zairese national living in Paris, went to the airport to collect, as he said, a parcel of foodstuffs sent from Africa. He could not find this, but was shown a locked trunk, which he was advised to leave alone. He however took possession of it, . .
The court allowed an appeal against the decision of the Master of the Court of Protection refusing registration to an enduring power of attorney on the ground that the donor, although capable of understanding the nature of the power, was herself . .
The defendant appealed his conviction for dangerous driving, saying that his special skills as a trained police driver should have been allowed for. He had driven on a motorway at average speeds of 148mph.
Held: His appeal was allowed. The . .
Prosecutor’s appeal against dismissal of case of failing to provide specimen of breath. . .
Where a motorist challenges the accuracy of the intoximeter, there is only an evidential burden on him. . .
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. . .
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. . .
Prosecutor’s appeal against dismissal of charge of driving wth excess alcohol. Defendant in car park of supermarket, and no intention of driving. . .
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 . .
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 . .
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 . .
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 . .
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 . .
The defendant, a Grade 1 advanced police driver, had driven very fast in pursuit of a stolen car. He crossed a junction at high speed and collided with another vehicle causing two deaths. He gave evidence that he believed that the police were . .
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 . .
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 . .
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Failure to provide specimen of blood. Citations:  EWHC 1156 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 7(6) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 26 July 2022; Ref: scu.197830
Citations:  EWHC 1335 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 7(6) Road Traffic Updated: 17 July 2022; Ref: scu.270062
Citations:  EWHC 643 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 7(6) Road Traffic Updated: 14 July 2022; Ref: scu.266888
Citations:  EWHC 303 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 7(6) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 13 July 2022; Ref: scu.266023
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
Procedures for testing driver for alcohol Judges: The Lord Woolf of Barnes LCJ Citations:  EWHC 3078 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 7 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 07 July 2022; Ref: scu.191213
The prosecutor applied for an order to require the magistrates to state a case. He faced a charge of driving with excess alcohol. He pleaded not guilty. There were several adjournments, and a considerable delay. At the trial, and with no forewarning, the defence requested the prosecution to prove service of the certificate of analysis. … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions, Regina (on the Application of) v Chorley Justices and Forrest: Admn 8 Jun 2006
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:  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
Judges: Davis J Citations:  EWHC 2484 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 7(6) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic Updated: 10 June 2022; Ref: scu.219268
Citations:  EWHC 2354 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 7 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic, Crime Updated: 08 June 2022; Ref: scu.187319
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
Where a motorist told an officer at the roadside that he suffered from bronchitis, and could not provide a specimen of breath, and he wanted to rely upon the same reason at the police station, he could not claim that the officer in the station should know of his objection, but should make it clear … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Lonsdale: QBD 16 Feb 2001
The defendant was asked to give a sample of blood. He declined, saying that the sight of blood drove him into a trance in which state he was liable to be violent. The Director appealed the finding that this was a proper excuse as a health concern. Held: The district judge had failed to distinguish … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Mukandiwa: QBD 21 Oct 2005
Application for permission to apply for judicial review, heard as a rolled-up hearing with considerable speed in circumstances where the disqualification of the claimant from driving after a conviction in relation to a drink drive offence meant that he wanted an interim suspension of the disqualification. The defendant claimed to have a phobia of needles, … Continue reading Cuns, Regina (on The Application of) v Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court: Admn 4 Mar 2016
Appeal against conviction for failure to provide specimen of breath. Delay in providing specimen until legal advice available. Citations:  EWHC 1695 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Road Traffic Act 1988 7(6) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Road Traffic, Human Rights Updated: 22 May 2022; Ref: scu.270895