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Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving – Driver Escapes Immediate Custody

SBC Barristers are also members of the Independent Bar, acting through chambers, so that other firms of solicitors might instruct them independently of SBC, taking advantage of the skill set and contacts that the barristers can offer whilst being able to continue to litigate the case themselves. Harry Bowyer was […]

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HGV Operator Pleads Guilty to Tachograph Offences

This owner driver, represented by transport solicitor Chris Powell, appeared before the Magistrates’ having been charged with two tachograph offences. On downloading his tachograph during a roadside inspection, the DVSA had uncovered several instances of driving “off-card”. When interviewed under caution by the DVSA, the driver admitted the offences, but […]

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Card-Pulling Driver Avoids Heavy Fine and Costs

Barrister Helen Newbold represented this HGV driver in the Magistrate’s court. He had been charged with an offence involving ‘pulling’ his digital drivers’ card. The driver pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to knowingly removing his card. The offence carries a penalty of a level 5  (unlimited) fine in the Magistrates’ […]

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PSV Operator Has Case for No Insurance Discontinued at the Door of the Court

A PSV Operator was represented in the Magistrates’ Court by Barrister Helen Newbold for allegedly having no insurance on his private car when he was stopped by the police. The operator believed that his private vehicle was covered by his fleet insurance at the time that he was stopped. The […]

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Devon Freewheelers Blood Bike Volunteer Acquitted On All Charges

A volunteer riding for the Devon Freewheelers (DFW), represented at court by barrister Harry Bowyer, was stopped by an Officer of the Devon and Cornwall Police whilst transporting surgical instruments urgently required by the Nuffield Hospital. He was charged with speeding and riding a vehicle fitted with sirens. The Officer […]

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Truck Driver Avoids Prosecution for Tachograph Offences

This agency driver, represented by transport lawyer Chris Powell, was under investigation by the DVSA (VOSA) for suspected tachograph offences. The allegation was that the truck had been driven without a tachograph card being used. The driver had been called to attend an interview under caution with the DVSA. With […]

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HGV Driver Avoids Court following Dangerous Driving Allegation

Transport solicitor Chris Powell represented an HGV driver involved in a three-vehicle motorway collision. The police decided to interview the driver under caution on suspicion of dangerous driving. Chris Powell was able to get access to the CCTV footage of the incident prior to the police interview and advise the […]

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Oversized Load HGV Driver Keeps Licence following Careless Driving Charge

The driver of an oversized load, represented at the Magistrates’ Court by barrister Helen Newbold, had been charged with careless driving, failing to stop and failing to report following an accident with a vehicle on a dual carriageway. The driver thought that he had suffered a tyre blow out on […]

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HGV Driver Found Not Guilty of Mobile Phone Offence

An HGV driver was summonsed to the Magistrates Court after a police officer alleged that he had been seen using a mobile phone behind the wheel. The HGV driver denied the offence and instructed Chris Powell of Smith Bowyer Clarke Road Transport Lawyers to defend him at trial. If found […]

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Company Facing Unlimited Fine for Overloading Vehicle by 84% – Fine Substantially Lower than Expected

Barrister, Helen Newbold, appeared in the Magistrates’ Court representing a company facing unlimited fine for a serious overloading offence committed by one of its drivers.  A DVSA traffic examiner told the court that this was one of the worst overloading offences he had witnessed. Helen Newbold defined the nature and […]

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