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crem last won the day on January 5 2013

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  1. a recorded post costs about £1.80 for a standard size letter which is a cost we should not be expected to incur to cover for their incompetance and, AFAIK big organisations like the DVLA don't even have to sign for it their end anyway. I send documents of this kind using the "proof of posting" service though which is free at the post office counter and gives you sufficient evidence that you sent the document should you need it.
  2. crem

    New law on SORN.

    What a load of twaddle from Ashton West. Continous insurance was supposed to have been designed to keep uninsured cars off the road. I don't believe it has made any such benefit, I bet 90% of the people caught have been "innocent" motorists who didn't realise that even if it was parked on your drive, in bits, getting a major repair then it still needed to be insured (although only God knows why!!)
  3. Too late in this instance, but I would always recommend to anyone dealing with such important documents that, at the very least, you should get a "proof of posting" receipt from the post office. It costs nothing but would protect you when you can subsequently produce this receipt when needed such as to the court in this situation. Even better would have been to pay for a "signed for" delivery which costs about £1.10 for a standard size letter and you would then have been able to monitor that it was delivered on the postoffice web site.
  4. There should have been a 30 sign on both sides fo the road, facing the oncoming traffic. If the sign had been rotated away from you then get some photos of it like that before anyone corrects it and you may be able to appeal on the bassi of unclear signage. Was there only one 30 sign displayed and not one on each side of the road?
  5. In the space of 3 months last year I had done the full exam list! First had to take a medical to apply for my licence. Got my licence back in 2 weeks, did both theory tests the following week. Then passed practical test for my C licence the following month (have to send licence away again to get provional C+E licence took another 2 weeks) Then took C+E the following month. Start to finish took 14 weeks in total so I think they have really been stringing you along!
  6. They'll have to think of something as they are already set to loose income when "failure to display" tax disc doesn't exist after October as well
  7. If you passed a 30mph sign after the point at which the officer zapped you, then you were not yet within the 30mph zone. Once inside a 30 zone there are no further "reminder" or "repeater" signs posted as with 40,50 or 60 speed limit areas which must have repeaters typically attached to lampposts every now and again.
  8. hollowman, you are stll not giving us the precise details of where the impact took place on the roundabout so that people here can try to give you some reasonable opinion. If the impact took place prior to the Church Way exit, then it would seem the lorry had moved over too early and in that case you may have a valid claim as 100% the lorry driver's fault. If the impact took place after the Church Way exit in the area of the Grey Friar's exit, then by there you should have moved to lane 1 and the lorry should have been able to move to the now vacant lane 2 allowing you both to exit towards the A19 over the bridge. An impact here, in my opinion, would most likely go 50/50 as you would be at fault for failing to move over and the lorry driver would be at fault for not ensuring the lane was clear to move into. The exact location of the impact is therefore the deciding factor.
  9. It would still be described as a lane change on this particular roundabout and not a true spiral roundabout, but that is by-the-by as when I try to come up with the actual impact location using the photos in post 1, it may be that the crash happened prior to this Church Way/Grey Friar Rd area anyway, meaning the lorry shouldn't have needed to move over yet.
  10. A little bit more evidence to support my lane descriptions on the roundabout. If you look at the lane markings approaching the roundabout from Church Way, (the first exit you passed). There are 3 lanes to approach, and lane 1 and lane 2 are marked for the A19. So if you are on the roundabout, as you pass Church Way and Grey Friars Rd you are expected to be in lane 1 or lane 2 to get to your A19 exit. If, prior to this, the lorry is in the (legal) 3rd lane marked for the A19, how do you suppose he can get to his exit if he isn't allowed to execute his lane change from 3 to 2 as he passed Church Way/Grey Friar Rd?
  11. I'm looking at the Google Earth version of the roadabout and think you entered from the entrance to the right, (with a car park to your left hand side) and wished to take the 3rd exit from the roundabout. (1st is major exit to Church Way, 2nd is minor exit to Grey Friars Rd, 3rd is major exit to St Georges Bridge which you intended to take.) Your entrance had 4 lanes and you say you chose lane 3, which is ok at this point, but make a note that lane 4 is also marked as A19 and lets assume, as you can't be clear, that the lorry was in lane 4 also intending to exit to the A19 which he may also do legally. So think of it that of the 2 legal lanes heading for A19 you chose "the left of the choice" and the lorry picked the "right of the choice". Hold that thought..... Moving on to the roundabout, the left lane is a forced exit into the 1st exit Church Way so, as you say your 3rd lane became the middle lane and the lorry in now in the 3rd lane. Look at the lane markings and you will see lane 2 and lane 3 are legally marked for A19, or to phrase it like I did before, you are in the "left of the choice" and the lorry is in the "right of the choice". Still both perfectly legal. OK, this is where I believe you made a mistake by describing the roundabout as a “spiral roundabout”. It is not. Look at the road markings just after the exit for Grey Friars Rd and you will see that the A19 markings are now in lane 1 and lane 2. Or to go back to my earlier phrasing lane 1 is “the left of the choice” and lane 2 is the “right of the choice”. You, up till now have always been selecting the “left of the choice” and therefore are required to move over from lane 2 to lane 1 and the lorry, who has always been in the “right of the choice” is required to move from lane 3 to lane 2 ready for the 2 lane exit onto St Georges Bridge. You will see if you look closely at the white lane markings just before Grey Friar Rd the white line for your lane is trying to guide you towards lane 1 (which makes the white line look like an X at that point. Upon you exit you would have been in lane 1 on the bridge and the lorry would have been in lane 2, both perfectly legal and both perfectly safe. So, in my view the accident happened because just as you passed Grey Friars Rd, you failed to move from lane 2 to lane 1 and the lorry driver executed his correct procedure of moving from lane 3 to lane 2 but failed to check that the lane was clear to do so. That in my view will make it a 50/50 from an insurance point of view, but in my opinion you were wholly to blame for not understanding the correct procedure for lane execution on roundabouts. As an ADI I can assure you, one of our top bugbears when teaching, is the number of people who execute wrong lane discipline on roundabouts but “get away with it” because the other vehicle they impeded takes evasive action. In this case, the driver of the 18tonner probably couldn’t even see you by then as you would have been in his blind spot and he therefore assumed you had moved over correctly to lane 1 and he move to lane 2. Look at the roundabout as if you had approached it in lane 4 which is legally marked for A19 and picture the route you would have taken through the roundabout to acheive your exit to the A19 and you will find you will (or should) have taken the route I have described the lorry took which would result in a collision near Grey Friars Rd. If that is not where the collision occurred then I have misunderstood where it happened and would need to re-think it again.
  12. Might be best asking the DVLA helpline for that answer.
  13. I don't think getting a hearing after September helps avoid a ban as I think the "totting up" applies at teh time of the offence so the 15 points will still count. I think you are into needing a solicitor terratory definately
  14. It is the pupils choice. when you pass your test, the examiner "offers" to send off for your full licence but you can refuse the offer if you want. Most people accept of course, but sometimes they can't do it or you have another reason not to let them. eg they can't do it if a woman has recently married but takes the test under her maiden name. She will need to send her marraige certificate with the pass to get the new licence in her married name at the same time. Are you sure you asked the examiner to send off the paperwork at the end of your test? If you did, try contacting the test centre direct and find out if they keep records of which pupils they processed the paperwork for. If they did, then that will help your case, if they don't then I am afraid Nimrod is correct and the DVLA will simply claim that pass or not, you didn't send your certificate off within the 2 years.
  15. You didn't tell them you had sold the bike. You cannot rely on the fact that the new owner asked for a new V5, it was your responsibility to inform DVLA. As you didn't have the V5, you should have at least sent them a letter stating you had sold the bike. I can' see you getting out of the fine on this one.
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