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Drink-drive limit set to fall

A new lower drink-drive limit will come into effect on 5 December 2014 . This will be 50 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. However, this will only take effect in Scotland and not in England, Wales or Northern Ireland – but a lowering of the limit for the whole of the UK may occur at some stage in...

SARAH - a pointless exercise?

The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (SARAH) recently had its second reading where it received a scathing response in the House of Lords. For those of you who have missed it, it is allegedly a Bill that has been drafted as a response to our expanding “compensation culture”. You may...

My time on secondment

I started my training contract in February 2014 with a specialist family law firm in Milton Keynes dealing predominately with contentious matters such as private and public children law. Every trainee solicitor undertaking their training contract must complete seats in both contentious and non-...

Financial standing: New rates for goods & passenger operators were announced on 20 November 2014

The new financial standing levels in effect from 1 January 2015 have been announced by the Department for Transport. Standard National and Standard International licence applicants and holders will have to demonstrate ready access to £7,000 for the first vehicle and £3,900 for each additional...

Tractor and trailer speed and weight limits to rise in March 2015

With effect from March 2015 the maximum combined agricultural tractor and trailer weight (the ‘train weight’) will increase to 31 tonnes, an increase of over 6 tonnes from the current 24.39t limit. At the same time conventional tractor speed limits will increase from 20 to 25mph. One reason for the...

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