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Greene & Greene sponsor Classic & Sports Cars by the Lake in aid of St Nicholas Hospice

The fifth annual Classic & Sports Cars by the Lake was held on Sunday 31st August 2014 at Hall Farm, Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds, the home of Gina and Andrew Long. Greene & Greene were delighted to be the main sponsor.

The show has grown year on year and has become a highlight on the regional social calendar. Over 600 celebrated classic cars, motorbikes and modern sports cars were on display in a beautiful rural setting. In excess of 5,300 visitors attended the day and over £31,000 was raised for the West Suffolk charity, St Nicholas Hospice Care. This takes the total raised for the Hospice by the five shows to £120,000. The event was organised by Austin Cornish and the Hospice’s Special Events Fundraising Committee.

Greene & Greene were featured on BBC Radio Suffolk’s broadcast from the show and the firm presented the post-war best in show trophy. A competition was held to ‘Guess the mileage of the Bentley Continental GT’, which was displayed on the firm’s stand. This proved to be a popular attraction and the prize, a magnum of champagne, was won by Claire Pearce.

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Is your Driving Licence valid and up to date?

How often do you look at your Driving Licence?  If you haven’t checked it for a while it might be worth doing so now for a failure to keep it up to date could leave you facing prosecution. 

The first detail to check is your address.  The address details can be found in the section marked 8 on the front of the photocard part of your Driving Licence.  Many people forget to notify the DVLA of a change of address when they move house.  This can have two implications:-

  • The failure to notify the DVLA is an offence punishable with a fine of up to £1,000; and
  • Any correspondence from the DVLA, including renewal reminders, will go to your old address and may not be forwarded.

Second, it is a little known requirement that Driving Licences with photocards are only valid for 10 years.  The expiry date can be found in the section marked 4b on the front of your photocard.  If you fail to surrender your Driving Licence so that a new photocard can be issued, perhaps because your renewal reminder went to your old address, your entitlement to drive will end and you may be faced with a number of consequences including:-

  • Your failure will again be an offence punishable with a fine of up to £1,000; and
  • Worse still, your motor insurer may argue that your policy is void leaving you uninsured and at risk of being prosecuted for driving without insurance which is an offence punishable with discretionary disqualification, between 6 and 8 penalty points and a fine of up to £5,000.

Other common omissions include failing to notify either a change of name or the development of a medical condition that may affect your ability to drive.

The issue of validity has arisen in three cases we have handled recently: in one a charge was withdrawn as part of a plea bargain involving other offences, in another the Court elected to impose no separate penalty and in the final case as we identified the issue in the course of preparing for a final hearing this enabled the client’s omissions to be addressed prior to that hearing. 

Do take just a few minutes to review your Licence as it may spare you from a lot of expense and the embarrassment of Magistrates Court proceedings.

If you need any further advice, please contact Michael Batty, the head of Greene & Greene’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team on 01284 717414 or michaelbatty@greene-greene.com.


Failing to stop and failing to report an accident: “It was only a minor bump!”

Picture the scene: you are in your car in a supermarket car park reversing out of a tight space, you catch the bumper of an adjoining car, you pause but cannot see any damage so you drive home.  Nothing to worry about?  Wrong!

Following a similar chain of events an elderly client found herself facing prosecution for careless driving, failing to stop and failing to report an accident, a situation which could have been avoided had she stopped at the scene, got out of her vehicle, made an attempt to locate the owner of the other vehicle and at the very least left a message on the other vehicle with her contact details.  As it was, an accident that caused damage of less than £50 led to a conviction for careless driving, three penalty points and financial penalties of £160.  The failing to stop and failing to report charges were withdrawn.

The moral of the story is that if you are involved in an accident, no matter how minor, make sure you stop and exchange details and, if there is no one to exchange details with, report the accident to the Police within 24 hours.

Michael Batty  - 01284 717414  - michaelbatty@greene-greene.com


Requests for Driver Information – Michael Batty 


Requests for driver information under Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 seem to cause far too many unnecessary problems.  More often than not a failure to take simple steps can result in a prosecution leading, upon conviction, to the imposition of penalty points and a fine. Two tips arise from a couple of our recent cases:-

  1. If you complete and return a form to the Police, do keep a copy and send it by a postal method that provides you with proof of posting.  Following the failure by the Police to receive a completed form a client is faced a contested trial to prove that the form was in fact returned by post. Fortunately the client was aquitted and secured a costs order.
  2. If your company operates a number of vehicles do keep a drivers log.  A corporate client is currently facing prosecution because it cannot identify the driver of one of its vehicles alleged to have committed an offence and has been unable to satisfy the Police that the failure to keep a record was reasonable in all the circumstances.  In certain situations such a failure can also expose company officers to a personal prosecution.

Michael Batty  - 01284 717414  - michaelbatty@greene-greene.com


Challenging fixed penalty notice over temporary road signage

If anybody has been unfortunate enough to have received a fixed penalty notice for allegedly contravening the temporary road signs, anywhere in the town due to the gas main replacement work that is ongoing in Bury St Edmunds, please get in touch with Michael Batty

Michael is challenging a notice at the moment and believes there may well be others who may benefit from his advice.  Call Michael on 01284 717414.


Motoring: Exceptional hardship prevails again


With the assistance of Michael Batty the principal Director of a business employing over 20 people has avoided disqualification despite acquiring 12 penalty points.

Ipswich Magistrates Court accepted that disqualifying the Client would significantly restrict his ability to meet the day to day demands of his business, would generate expenses that might ultimately lead to the redundancy of employees and, in a worst case scenario, might impact upon the viability of the business altogether.  The fact that disqualification would also impact upon members of the Client’s family was also a relevant factor.  As a result the Magistrates elected to exercise their discretion and endorse the Client’s driving licence with penalty points as well as imposing a fine.