With the incidence of casual car crime on the increase driver should be more careful about what they leave in their cars whilst they are unattended.
Motorists in the UK could soon be subjected to random roadside testing as part of a new national initiative to rid drink-driving from highways, it has been reported. According to the report ministers are considering introducing the assessments in areas where the offence is expected to occur.
Police have now got access to the national motor insurance database and have the power to seize uninsured vehicles, a spokesman for the British Insurance Brokers' Association has pointed out. Seized vehicles can then be impounded or even crushed if found on the road with no insurance.
All drivers caught on mobile phones should be charged with dangerous driving, according to a former police traffic expert. Currently, a £60 fine and a three-point licence penalty is the punishment for those caught endangering the lives of themselves and others by flouting the law.
If drivers were to perform more efficient safety checks on their Lorries, roadside prohibitions and roadworthiness issues would be curbed, it has been claimed.
A road safety group has claimed that the police should be given the power to breathalyse drivers at random.
Companies, whose drivers use their phones while driving could be held liable for their behaviour and prosecuted, say police. A trial scheme is currently under way in London where company drivers caught using their mobiles are being fined £30 and told their employer could be interviewed.
Three law lords have backed a truck driver prosecuted for obstructing the police because he warned other drivers of a speed trap. A Somerset court originally convicted the truck driver of wilful obstruction after police claimed that he had waved a warning to oncoming traffic.
SmartWater is being used by local police forces across the nation to ‘trap’ car thieves. The substance, which is forensically-encoded, enables stolen goods to be 'recognised' and recovered, as information concerning models is stored in a database.
Petrol station operators have reported increasing numbers of criminals fixing fake plates to their cars and driving away from pumps without paying. The scam is becoming more and more worthwhile, as fuel prices continue to rise.