On Yer Bike! Dumfries Residents Told to Start Cycling

Earlier this year, we published an article investigating the worsening parking crisis in Dumfries. If you missed it, here’s the short version: Dumfries and Galloway Council axed traffic wardens from the regions, trusting motorists to voluntarily abide by parking restrictions.

Sadly, it didn’t work. One year on from the parking warden cull and parking spaces are constantly occupied. Few people are paying attention to the time restrictions.

The Bike Message Challenge

However, one organisation is trying to fix the problem. Cycling Dumfries, a campaign group dedicated to improving cycling conditions in and around Dumfries, has launched a new campaign to encourage commuters to swap their car for a bike.

The Bike Message Challenge plans to turn the everyday into an adventure, setting budding cyclists the goal of hitting eight predetermined locations within a six-week window to stand a chance of winning the campaign’s prize.

Challenge organiser, Rhian Davies, said:

“I’ve been absolutely delighted at the positive response from most of the places I’ve asked – not to mention the amazing range of shops that I didn’t even know existed.

“It’s restored my faith in the future of Dumfries. I hope that the people taking part take the opportunity to discover the wonderful shops and cafes we have right on our doorstep in the heart of the town.”

The scheme is being funded by the Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly Community Fund.

Cycling Dumfries had originally hoped to sign up a few dozen businesses around the city but the reception has been much more positive than they expected. Campaign co-ordinator, Sally Hinchcliffe, reports banks, shops, cafes, hairdressers, libraries, museums and dentists have already signed up.


Common Motoring Offences in Dumfries

If you have been charged with a motoring offence in the south of Scotland, it is possible that you will be called to one of Dumfries’ courts.

Below are the most common offences motorists are charged with on roads in or around Lanark. If you have been charged with a motoring offence in Dumfries, please get in touch with our team today and we will get to work saving your license.

Dangerous Driving

Dangerous Driving is one of the most serious road traffic offences attracting penalties of mandatory disqualification for a minimum period of 12 months, a fine and the requirement to re-sit the extended driving test.

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Careless Driving

Careless Driving arises where a person drives “without due care and attention” or “without reasonable consideration for other road users”. This is an area which has generated a great deal of case law as just about every driver has, at one time or another, driven without due care and attention.

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Drink Driving

A person is guilty of an offence of drink driving if he drives or attempts to drive a motor vehicle on a road or public place when the proportion of alcohol in his breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit.

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Driving without Insurance

It is an offence to use a motor vehicle on a road or public place, such as a car park, without insurance coverage. To be charged with this offence it is not necessary that the motor vehicle was being driven.

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How We Can Help

If you have been charged with a motoring offence anywhere in Dumfries and Galloway, our specialist road traffic legal team is standing by to help. Our extensive experience in the sector allows us to quickly assess the merits of your case and provide a range of suitable options for you.

We will prepare your case, arrange for supporting documentation and make forceful representations for you at court. We pride ourselves in offering a service that is friendly, reliable and honest. For free advice without obligation contact us below:

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