Road traffic prosecutions

Road traffic prosecutions

As part of our regulatory and compliance offering to clients, we provide a full motoring defence legal service.

Business clients may receive summonses charging the corporate body with a motoring or vehicle offence; one of their employees driving a company vehicle or driving at leisure may also be prosecuted.

In this instance, we can provide tailored legal advice and help that will suit the more exacting requirements of a company, director or senior manager faced with a difficult prosecution.

We have a long and successful track record of providing legal advice on a range of road traffic prosecutions, including:

  • speeding offences
  • the 'totting up' procedure and applications to avoid driving bans
  • dangerous and careless driving, including charges of causing death while driving
  • failure to stop and report an accident
  • drink driving offences
  • failure to insure a motor vehicle
  • failure to identify a driver

As experienced advocates, we can provide a full defence service, right through to conclusion of the matter in court. However, we will always work towards and explore every legal option available to have the matter withdrawn before a court appearance is necessary.

We are very aware of the importance to clients that their employees hold a driving licence, and make this our priority. We are also sensitive to the fact that for individuals, a driving licence can be essential.

As specialists in advising corporate clients, we ensure companies do not accept incorrect or technically flawed prosecutions.

Recent work highlights

  • Assisting the financial director of a major industrial UK company in relation to a speeding offence and subsequent failure to identify the driver. After attending the first hearing as legal counsel, the matter was withdrawn.

  • Providing legal representation and counsel at trial for three motoring prosecutions of failure to stop and report, and careless driving.
  • Advising a major car manufacturer in relation to a summons received for failure to identify a driver of a car purchased from a registered dealership. After unsuccessful attempts by the in-house legal team, the matter was dealt with in writing by Shoosmiths and subsequently withdrawn.
  • Advising the company secretary of a major road haulage firm concerning a motoring summons received against the company for a number of motoring offences.