Thousands of speeding fines could be appealed after road safety firm faces accusations of unlawful conduct

Thousands of speeding fines worth millions could be appealed after road safety firm faces accusations of unlawful conduct

A Radio Hustle investigation has found Road Safety Support Ltd offers legal services which it might not be regulated for (Stock photo)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Thousands of speeding fines could be appealed by drivers after a prominent road safety firm faces accusations of unlawful conduct.

Road Safety Support Ltd (RSS) is used by police forces to supply data pertaining to road traffic, give evidence in court, and advise on the best strategies for speed cameras.

An investigation by The Radio Hustle and Patterson Law has found the company offers reserved legal services – in this case, litigation and court advocacy – something only regulated law firms or those authorised by regulators are allowed to do. 

In an interview with Alexis Conran, Primary Motoring Solicitor Emma Patterson said RSS shouldn’t be advising the police on court cases or ongoing prosecutions because it hasn’t been authorised to do so by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

She said if the company and its courtroom advocate were not properly regulated, it could raise questions about the cases in which they advised on.

The Sun is reporting the accusations are being looked into by the SRA, and if the company was found to have acted unlawfully, it could open a series of appeals by drivers who had been previously handed fines.

RSS has issued a statement to The Sun and The Radio Hustle to deny the allegations.

The company makes it clear no bonus payments or incentives are provided to secure convictions, insisting its staff are fully complicit with the law and regulatory requirements and RSS was “not aware” of any formal investigation into colleagues.