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Driver Avoids Jail After Manipulating His Analogue Tachograph Head to Create False Records

This driver was before the Crown Court having pleaded guilty to manipulating his analogue tachograph head to create false records. He was represented by Millicent Dooher at the Crown Court who, through both mitigation and submissions on case law persuaded the Judge to suspend the period of imprisonment. These offences […]

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Driver Avoids Jail for Multiple False Records

Solicitor Laura Newton represented a HGV driver who was prosecuted for 11 offences of False Records involving removing the Driver Card from the Tachograph in order to disguise excess hours being driven / insufficient breaks. The usual starting point for multiple offences in a custodial sentence of 6-12 months, being […]

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Transport Manager Maintains Good Repute Following Public Inquiry

Having been called to the Traffic Commissioner, this Transport Manager, represented by barrister Millicent Dooher,  was able to maintain her good repute despite failings with the maintenance of the vehicles and questions being raised about the Transport Manager’s continuous and effective control throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. Following evidence and representations […]

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Another Totter Keeps Licence – Successful Exceptional Hardship Application

Following a speeding offence and an offence of no insurance, this driver was faced with being a ‘totter’ with 12 penalty points to be endorsed on his licence. Following an application for exceptional hardship by barrister Millicent Dooher, this driver was able to avoid any period of disqualification.

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LGV Driver Escapes Disqualification Following Exceptional Hardship Application.

This driver was represented by Barrister Millicent Dooher. The driver was in possession of 9 penalty points on his driving licence and was facing an additional 3 points and a disqualification for being a ‘totter’ with 12 penalty points. As this driver was a professional driver of LGVs it was […]

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Yet Another Successful Exceptional Hardship Application

Barrister, Millicent Dooher represented this driver who had 9 penalty points on his driving licence and was faced with an additional 10-12 points following 3 additional driving offences. Millicent Dooher was able to convince the Magistrates’ to impose a 1-month disqualification instead of a 6-month disqualification. No penalty points were […]

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Transport Manager Acquitted of all 21 Charges of Permitting Drivers to Commit Tachograph Offences

The Transport Manager in this case represented in the Magistrates Court and on Appeal to the Crown Court by barrister Harry Bowyer was prosecuted on 21 charges of permitting drivers to commit assorted tachograph offences. The allegations were highly technical and required a thorough understanding of the drivers’ hours rules […]

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Totter Escapes Mandatory Disqualification – Successful Exceptional Hardship Application

Millicent Dooher, Barrister, represented this driver who faced 12 penalty points on his driving licence following 4 speeding offences. An application for exceptional hardship was put forwards on behalf of the driver. This was accepted by the Magistrates’ and the 6-month mandatory disqualification was not imposed.

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Licence Kept with 19 Endorsed Penalty Points – Successful Exceptional Hardship Argument

Millicent Dooher, Barrister, represented this driver who was in possession of 9 penalty points and facing an additional 10-12 penalty points for 3 further speeding offences. Despite endorsing the driver’s licence with an additional 10 penalty points, the Magistrates’ were convinced not to disqualify the driver at all due to […]

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Using an Operator’s Licence with Intent to Deceive – Prosecution Discontinued.

Transport solicitor, Laura Newton, represented an Operator who had been accused of using an Operator’s Licence with Intent to Deceive. The Operator’s case was that although he accepted using a vehicle specified on another’s Operator’s Licence, this was purely a mistake in that he did not understand that the discs […]

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