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Over-70s Driving Tests Demanded by Woman Hit by Pensioner

April 29, 2012
Posted in DVLA News — Written by matthew.smith

A woman who was knocked down in a car park by an 87-year-old man has called for all drivers over 70 to have to resit their driving test.

Helen Harrington was sent into the air by the silver Ford Fusion driven by pensioner Richard Bradley, in Epsom, last year.

The crash caused severe bruising to the legs and ankles of MS sufferer Mrs Harrington, and required four stitches on her right ankle.

Appearing before South East Surrey Magistrates’ Court, Mr Bradley was found guilty of driving without due care and attention, given six points on his licence, a lb550 fine and made to pay the court costs of lb700.

However, the court didn’t take his licence away from him, or force him to retake his driving test.

The decision to allow Mr Bradley to remain on the road has been described as “a time bomb waiting to go off” by Mrs Harrington.

To show her discontent, Mrs Harrington has signed up to ‘Cassie’s Law'; a petition to the Government, pushing for changes to the law following the death of 16-year-old Cassie McCord who was killed by an 87-year-old driver in February.

Just three days prior to Mrs Harrington being stuck, Mr Bradley had been warned by police not to drive following a minor incident, failing an eye test and being sent home.

“Mr Bradley reversed out of a parking space but instead of braking he accelerated forward and hit me and part of another car parked in the next space. I was thrown into the air and landed on my head,” explained Mrs Harrington.

“My husband said I looked like a rag doll, flying through the air. The next thing I knew, I was lying on my back, looking up at the sky, screaming.

“I had just been diagnosed with MS and then thought I was going to die because of a crash.

“My lack of injuries went against me in court, but psychologically it obviously affected me.

“He admitted he didn’t even see me.

“He can continue on the roads with only six points on his driving licence and I am scared that he is a time bomb waiting to go off. Somebody could die.

“He should have been banned or the court should have some powers to make his re-take his driving test.

“Something has to be done to check that people are still fit to drive when they get older.

“I am not being ageist, it’s natural that faculties start to go and your reaction time gets slower.

“When you’re 70 you must renew your licence but you have to fill the forms in yourself and if you don’t want to lose your licence, or aren’t aware that you faculties are not what they used to be, your licence will be renewed.”

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Wolverhampton Targeted by Petrol Theifs

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Police believe the rise in fuel prices are responsible for the sudden increase in petrol and diesel thefts in the West Midlands.

There have been 83 recorded incidents of petrol and diesel thefts (often referred to as ‘bilking’) in Wolverhampton since March, with police believing that organised crime units are behind the majority.

The AA reported last week that the average cost of 1 litre of petrol had soared to 142.48p with diesel reaching 147.88p.

Sgt Colin Mattinson explained that the force is working hard with petrol stations to stamp out the rising trend in petrol thefts.

“It may well be something to do with the increase in fuel prices. It could be any number of factors really,” stated Sgt Mattinson.

“Vigilance is key.

“People tend to park at the far pumps to try not to show their faces to the cameras and to hide themselves the best as possible.

“I think it’s a case of looking at those people and drawing them forward to the further pumps.”

Shailesh Parekh is the owner of one independent petrol station that has been on the receiving end of bilkers.

Despite training his cashiers to spot the tell-tale signs of potential bilkers, he has still lost approximately lb3,000 in the past year from just one of his stations.

One van driver even took lb150 worth of diesel.

“At my petrol stations we’ve started using websites where you can verify number plates so we haven’t suffered so badly [this year],” explained Mr Parekh.

“You can also go on websites to check if a car is insured.

“You have to be a bit of a detective but it makes you wonder why you’re doing the business.”

Mr Parekh also stated that paying for the fuel up front may help to tackle the problem.

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Stolen Number Plates used in Sheffield Petrol Thefts

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Over 100 number plates were stolen, with 51 separate incidents of petrol theft from Sheffield’s filling stations in just three months.

At the rate of one ‘drive-off’ every other day, petrol thefts have soared as a result of rising prices and the perception that global companies can take the hit.

DI Tate revealed that stolen number plates are often used on more than one occasion.

In addition, they are also used to ‘clone’ stolen vehicles to get them out of the country without detection.

“If someone steals number plates they have a very short period of time to utilise them,” DI Tate added.

“The theft will quickly be raised on the police national computer to identify them. The lifespan of these plates is relatively short.

“There’s one thing that would stop drive-offs, and that is making people pay before receiving their fuel.

“The technology is there but petrol stations are reluctant to do it because of the extra sales generated when customers go into a shop after filling up.”

Number plate thefts reached a total of 113 for the three month period, resulting in at least one set of number plates being taken every day from cars in the city of Sheffield.

Police are fully aware of how stolen registrations are strongly linked with covering the tracks of vehicles involved in bilking.

For the same period last year, 125 number plates were taken with 48 incidents of bilking from petrol stations.

“There has to be an element of fuel costs involved and I think it is seen among criminals as a victimless crime,” explained Detective Inspector Helen Tate from South Yorkshire Police’s crime management unit.

She added: “In times of economic struggle, when people are finding it difficult, these are the kinds of crimes that are the first to escalate.”

South Yorkshire Police are now calling on the public to assist in catching those responsible.

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Edinburgh Lord Provost May Have to Sell lb500k S0 Plate

April 18, 2012
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Edinburgh’s Lord Provost may have to sell his prized number plate under proposals aimed at boosting the council’s finances.

Under a proposed plan by the Edinburgh Greens, the ‘S0′ number plate which has been valued at lb500,000 would be put up for sale.

In addition, a selection of the council’s “most useless assets” would also be sold off.

The measures are a part of the party’s manifesto ahead of the council elections on May 3 and are a reaction to the difficult budgetary constraints set out for the next five years.

The Greens have stated that they would enforce a review of civic assets with no practical use.

The S0 number plate is currently displayed on Lord Provost George Grubb’s BMW 7 and would be one of the most sought-after registrations in the UK if it went on sale.

“With council funding being cut and public facilities being closed down, now is the right time to sell off the council’s truly useless assets and raise much needed funds,” explained Green councillor Steve Burgess.

“Any council hoarding a number plate worth half a million pounds has got its priorities wrong.”

When number plates were first issued in 1903, Scotland was allocated the prefix ‘S’.

The registration ‘S1′ would have been allocated to the Lord Provost’s car, but the city’s leaders were too slow in purchasing the license.

“Different things have to be looked at in terms of savings and this could be explored,” added councillor Jason Rust, Tory economic development spokesman.

The city’s Labour party leader, Andrew Burns, stated: “Frankly there are much bigger issues facing the city, but if there is a proposal brought forward to auction the plates it’s something we’d consider.”

Although, a council spokeswoman revealed that “the number plates are of historical value to the city” and they have no plans to sell them.

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Olympic Themed Number Plates Set for Auction

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

London 2012 organisers are spreading Olympic-fever to the world of personalised registrations, but introducing a special Olympic-themed range of number plates.

Motorists will be able to show their support by buying one of the special number plates this June when they go under the hammer.

“There is a small but enthusiastic band of drivers who like to have distinctive number plates,” explained Paul Watters from the Automobile Association.

“The Olympics excite most people and the plan is for the legacy to live on.

“These number plates are another small way of people doing that.”

Number Plates such as GO11 DEN, GB12 ROW and RUN 100M will be available from 7 of June.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has been made an official licensee for the London 2012 Olympic games.

The three-day auction will see 1,750 registrations go under the hammer at London City Hall, London, over the 7th, 8th and 9th June.

Those lucky enough to win one of the number plates will also receive an official box to accompany the plate.

The event will see almost 400 Olympic-themed registrations go up for auction.

Mr Watters added: “We are happy the sales are permitted as there is an appetite for them and for some people a reminder of the event may be something they want to cherish.”

Locog commercial director Chris Townsend revealed: “We are delighted to welcome the DVLA as the latest addition to the London 2012 merchandise programme.

“I’m sure that the plates will really strike a note with fans of the Games.”

EN61 AND will go into the auction with a price of lb2,000, GO11 DEN has a price of lb2,500 and 2012 GB is listed at just lb1,500.

2012 O, 2012 A, 2012 B and 2012 C are all going up for auction at an Olympic-themed price of lb2012.

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Department for Transport Plan Number Plate Overhaul

April 16, 2012
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

The Department for Transport is in the process of reviewing the current UK system for the control and production of number plates.

The DfT will look for areas in which improvements can be made to enhance and improve the current system whilst keeping any disruptions to the motorist and industry at a bare minimum.

The review will investigate the possibility of relaxing the current legislation governing number plate design and display.

Once the review has been conducted, the DfT will open discussions and invite questions from members of the number plate industry and any interested parties.

Any future changes to legislation will require a full public consultation.

The DVLA host regular auctions offering a fantastic range personalised registrations.

If you missed that last auction at the De Vere Village Leeds South, Tingley, Leeds, in March, there’s another personalised registration auction planned to take place on 7th, 8th and 9th June at London City Hall.

These three day events are hugely popular, with at least 1,500 number plates attracting people from throughout the UK, seeking a unique number plate at a bargain price.

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