Free Newsletter
Register for our Free Newsletters
Newsletter
Zones
Access Control
LeftNav
Alarms
LeftNav
Biometrics
LeftNav
Detection
LeftNav
Deutsche Zone (German Zone)
LeftNav
Education, Training and Professional Services
LeftNav
Government Programmes
LeftNav
Guarding, Equipment and Enforcement
LeftNav
Industrial Computing Security
LeftNav
IT Security
LeftNav
Physical Security
LeftNav
Surveillance
LeftNav
View All
Other Carouselweb publications
Carousel Web
Defense File
New Materials
Pro Health Zone
Pro Manufacturing Zone
Pro Security Zone
Web Lec
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
 
Editor's Blog and Industry Comments

Payment plan for frequent offenders

07 January, 2008
According to a firm of Glasgow solicitors, ÃâÅ"road warriors" who clock up high mileages and frequently get caught by speed cameras can take out a payment plan to reduce their solicitor's fees when attending court.
Dentists do it and so do vets, private health service providers have been doing it for a long time and so have British gas but I've never heard of solicitors offering a low cost pre-payment plan to help reduce those unexpected fees that are bound to crop up sooner or later. However, one firm of Glasgow solicitors who specialise in Scottish traffic law have now launched just such a plan and are offering it to companies to provide it as a benefit for their frequent road users such as salesmen and service engineers.

According to their website, a fee of £299 per year will give you access to legal representation of up to £6000 over no more than three cases per year excluding expenses and expert witness costs. Sounds pretty good until you consider the implications and who this benefits. Speed cameras and fixed penalties keep court costs down and the potential cost of defending against that fixed penalty and the three marks on your license would put most people off taking it to court. The people who are more likely to take it to court are those who already have points on their license and therefore risk losing it, the repeat offenders.

Companies that subscribe to this service are effectively endorsing the fact that their employees are likely to break the law while they're on the road otherwise they wouldn't go to all that expense, would they?

The solicitor's web site talks about "unexpected" legal costs. This may be true but unlike vet, dental, gas boiler and health care services, they are avoidable.

Bookmark and Share