Summer Drink Driving Clampdown

Drink driving has been a crime in England for over 50 years now. First introduced in January 1966, the Road Safety Bill set a legal limit of 80mg of alcohol for every 100cc of blood; any reading higher than this was considered an offence and thus punishable by law. The following year saw the introduction of the breathalyzer, designed to provide an accurate reading of a person’s blood alcohol level by analyzing a breath sample provided by the offender. (more…)

Car Modifications: Keep Your Insurer in the Loop!

modified-car-insuranceCar modifications have been popular for many years, with young and older drivers alike choosing to customize their cars in all sorts of different ways. Modifying your car is all well and good in principle, however if you are not careful you could find yourself in hot water with your insurer, or worse still out of a policy altogether!

To help you avoid falling foul of your insurer, we have put together this helpful guide to modified car insurance. (more…)

Calls for Uber Caps on London Roads

calls-for-uber-capsThere is mounting pressure on the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to limit the number of Uber cars on the capital’s roads.

A report compiled by a collection of cross-party MPs and put to the government cited congestion and ever increasing levels of pollution in London as the reasons behind their suggestion. (more…)

Tax Hikes Hitting Landlords and Tenants Alike

taxes-taxes-taxesNew tax increases on the private rental sector are impacting badly upon tenants and landlords alike, and are failing to achieve their intended aims, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

Research recently released by the Local Government Assocation (LGA) reveals that the average private sector rent across the whole of the UK has risen to a staggering £852 a month. Even when factoring in the skew created by the inclusion of London rental prices, this is still far from a small number. (more…)

Uber’s VAT High Court Challenge

taxi-fareOne of the UK’s leading tax barristers is launching a High Court challenge against Uber having successfully raised over £100,000 through crowdfunding.

Jolyon Maugham QC, who resides at London’s prestigious Devereux Chambers, was driven into action over a 56p VAT receipt he claims Uber failed to provide him with following a short, £6.34 taxi ride he took between his chambers a client’s offices.

He first raised this point in 2015, suggesting that Uber should be paying VAT of 16.67% on its fares, which in 2015 added up to almost £20million in unpaid tax owed to the UK government. (more…)

Speed Cameras: 25 Years of the Gatso

gatso-cameraTraffic cameras were first introduced to the UK in the 1960s, but none has had the impact of the infamous Gatso camera. Those yellow boxes have saved countless lives, and yielded millions in revenue, as well as being almost universally detested by all road users!

25 years ago, the first Gatso was switched on along a particularly notorious stretch of the westbound A316 over Twickenham bridge in Surrey. The speed limit along this dual carriageway is 40mph, but initially this camera was set to 60mph because, according to Roger Reynolds, the policeman who has the dubious honour of having switched the camera on, “we were trying to catch the worst”. (more…)