To whom it may concern.
I spend a lot of time on the road in my capacity as a courier / driver, I enjoy my work and I really like being out on the road, but like most people, there are other things to look out for apart from other drivers and pedestrians. By this I mean speed cameras, speed traps, average speed limits and police cars!
I’d already picked up a few points in the beginning of the year by flouting the limit in a section of roadworks.
After I got stopped, I decided to become pro-active and installed a sat nav with live traffic and speed trap updates.
However, I was still concerned about gettin stopped if I took my mind off the ball.
This is when I first came accross the drive protect website.
At first, i was sceptical.
The advertising looked good, the service provided looked even better but I still wasn’t convinced.
Then back in may, i had another close call and decided to try drive protects services. What could I lose, except a small monthly payment for peace of mind?
Upon contacting drive protect I was asked to provide details of my licence, driving history ect and all seemed reasonable. I duly set up the direct debit for the payments and forgot about it.
Later in the year I got stopped again. This time I received a lot more points than I expected, then almost a month later I was stopped once again. Every time by a covert speed camera held by an officer parked somewhere obscure.
Now if I had seen a bright yellow jacket I would have been looking at my speed, sometimes just the sight of a police car is enought o get most drivers to slow back down to 70!
By the time I had seen the police car it was too late. I was duly booked and processed.
I got straight on to drive protect.
This was much easier than I expected, I was advised to be represented in court by drive protects own legal team. I went to court and met with my brief. She was very knowledgeable and confident and did a sterling job even though as it turned out the magistrate had already made his mind up what to do.
So I got banned.
This is when I was convinced that there would be some loophole or reason not to cover me.
Immediately I was told, after checking a few details, that I would be covered for all my transport costs.
Still doubtful, I collected all my train tickets and taxi reciepts and posted them near the end if the month. Within a day, I received an email confirming that my receipts had been received and that my bank would be credited accordingly!
I’m still amazed.
This company really does look after its customers. Pain free registration, super friendly staff and meticulous attention to detail make these guys the ones you need on your side if you drive. So that’s most of us!
At last, a way of covering yourself against losing your licence.
I can wholeheartedly reccomend drive protect if you want to make sure your life isn’t turned upside down by this country’s ridiculous points system.
I use Drive Protect and it works for me, my wife and my business. Their savvy lawyers think of stuff you wouldn’t dream of. Well worth the monthly fee for this kind of insurance. When you need expert motoring offence advice- simples… go to the experts – they know there stuff and their advice is all covered by insurance.
(from Adam to David)
Thanks a lot David!
Any chance you could just give me an overview of what happened with your case?
NIP was issued in my company name as car was leased, we could not accurately recall who was the driver. Lawyer successfully had the case withdrawn. PS. even though the policies were not in the company name but in our personal names we were still covered by drive protect –thank god as we have 2 polices.
I joined right at the launch of Drive Protect and virtually immediately sought advice re a Camera Speeding fine.
My situation was unusual in that I had already received the Speeding Fine and was in written discussion regarding the situation with the authorities. Briefly your legal team swung into action and arranged for the the whole matter to be postponed for a year which took the immediate pressure off.
In the meantime it was recognised that because my 'alleged offense' was incurred before I was covered by Drive Protect they should not have really got involved.
However I subsequently had a detailed telephone conversation with your 'Mr xxxxxxxx' regarding the situation and he clearly covered all my 'options'. I subsequently attended the Court and was found 'Not Guilty' - A RESULT!
I was so pleased and impressed with the outcome that I sent a (small) cheque to your legal team. (Incidentally they did not request payment – but in this instant I thought it only fair.)
Since then - I have not had cause to use Drive Protect again but will continue my membership - for the 'peace of mind' that it provides. Thank you.
Regards, Steve Phillips.
They say that things happen in threes - this was certainly true in my case - having received three summons for speeding offences within the space of three years - on each occasion for travelling at 36 m.p.h in a 30 - zone - and (much to my irritation) all within a mile of each other.
Without the assistance of the legal advice obtained via Drive Protect on the last two summonses, I would be sweating it out on 9 points - but thanks to the very prompt and efficient advice received from the appointed team (who were extremely thorough), I’m not.
The avoidance of a prosecution, plus the peace of mind from the unequivocal advice received, has made the already reasonable cost of Drive Protect seem even better value for money, and a necessity rather than a luxury, as far as my Insurance requirements are concerned.
What can I say about Driveprotect's service apart from FANTASTIC!!!!
I was caught averaging 110.6 miles per hour on my motorcycle on the M6 in July this year, the attending rent collector (Traffic Officer) told me that as I had been such a notorious (taxpaying) criminal , on a bright and sunny early Sunday morning, with virtually no traffic, and I hadnt stolen, murdered, raped, bribed or deceived anyone, and as I was totally insured, taxed,and mot'd and correctly attired.
... That I would be facing a lenghty ban as i was a menace to society and should be kept off the road!!
I think the real reason was that the bleep of the speed camera woke him and his colleague as I passed under the bridge they were asleep on, plus the fact it took them 7 miles to catch me!!!
However, I digress, back to Driveprotect, a lengthy ban would have basically closed my business.I am a self employed Motor Vehicle Technician covering some 50/60,000 miles per year, I also have a mobile marine engineering business covering the Northwest.
I called Driveprotect as soon as I received the summons and was told that a Barrister would be there to represent me on the day, Christine Hendrickson (Barrister) and I met at 9am on the morning of the hearing for the first time, I presented her with various character references , which she duly read through and planned her defence.......
The previous two defendants had walked away with a six month ban and a huge fine, and 3 points and a £250 fine , so things didnt bode well.
Then, Ms Hendrickson took to the floor............ AWESOME!!!!!
I never had to utter a word, apart from pleading guilty to the charge.
A character witness waiting outside wasn’t needed.
I had a clean license, as the magistrates retired to deliberate my fate.................
When they returned....................................................
A £285 fine, £50 court costs and £15 other costs, £350 in total
A 7 day discretionary ban
NO POINTS!!!!! Yes , NO POINTS!!!!
I had to hide my smile.
I had totally expected , minimum 56 day ban, £8/900 fine and 6/9 points
I didnt have the heart to ask Driveprotect to reinburse my taxi fares for the week as I had taken the extra insurance to cover such an event.
If you drive or ride and still posess the spirit that only an englishman/woman posesses, then become a member!!!!!
Many thanks Adam,
Here’s the letter from the prosecution notifying us that they are dropping the case...
And here’s the “thankyou” from our Member, Mr Gaisie...
Thank you so much for your attention, that’s truly amazing customer service in these days where people usually either don’t care, or aren’t prepared to.
You have my gratitude.
Dr Jeremy Skyrme
The knowledge and assistance provided by DriveProtect’s solicitor was invaluable in getting the 2 speeding notices withdrawn. Had they not known the relevant questions to ask of West Yorkshire Police, it would never have become apparent that they didn't have the evidence to convict me of the 2 alleged offences. It is concerning the potential number of people who may have simply agreed to take the points and fine for alleged offences on this stretch of motorway, when the police simply do not have evidence to back up their allegations. I would recommend drive protect to any motorist.
I’ve been a member pretty much since it started and have used the service a few times not because I’m a good driver but because I have been lucky and haven’t been caught!
As a self-employed taxi driver I cover about 50,000 miles a year and my licence is crucial to me no licence = no driving = no earnings !
The first time I used it we had to go to court as I was charged with failing to provide information about the driver of the vehicle the Barrister explained that I was in hospital and we won the day no points great result.
And recently I was leaving a 30mph zone and less than 20 yards from a no speed limit sign so started to gently accelerate there was a camera van parked on the opposite side of the road which I was well aware of but assumed it was there to catch drivers coming from the no speed limit into the 30mph.
I honestly thought that that when in an lower speed zone you could increase speed in preparation for entering the higher speed zone when you could see the sign. WRONG!!!
Matthew from drive protect checked it all out for me and the law is you can’t exceed the speed limit until you pass the sign even if it is only yards away but when coming from a higher limit you have to slow down and be under the limit when you pass the sign.
Originally the police refused to give me the option of a course but after a very stern letter from Matthew pointing out the Law they changed their mind and allowed me to go on the course RESULT!! no points.
I can’t speak highly enough of the very professional and extremely friendly service Matthew and his team provided five star and Drive Protect is worth every penny it costs. They have saved me a lot more than it has cost me without a doubt, try having a Barrister for a day and see how much that cost’s ?
I wouldn’t be without them
A very happy member
I have been with you for years.
My experience was a speeding summons’s which turned into ‘Not providing name of Driver’.
Matthew gave me detailed advice - I defended myself. The case was thrown out and the original speeding charge was subsumed (legal term) within the ‘Drivers name charge’ so went away as well. A perfect result - which without DP would have not been possible.
Regards Steve P.
I’ve been a DP member for years now. I think I’ve used the service about three or four times, and guess what...it’s worth every penny of the £13 odd a month that I pay for it. I always speak to the same lawyer, Mathew Coxall. He’s a no nonsense guy who really knows his onions. He just tells you what to do. You do it. Problem solved. Money well spent!
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