The United Kingdom (UK) which has a strong heritage of transport innovations now leads the world in making life easier even to the offenders, as drivers in Britain who are charged with minor driving offences are now able to make a plea online or through the internet under a new government service.
This latest addition to the government service worthy to be hailed, covers England and Wales. This is called “Make A Plea” (MAP) service (having an easier-to-remember acronym) will involve offences such as driving without insurance and speeding.
The area in Manchester is the place where the scheme has been successfully piloted, so it has become a part of the government’s plan to modernise its courts, which have been dealing with half a million minor driving or motoring offences every year.
The new digital system means that within 24 hours a day through the truly secure website, defendants would be able to make their pleas from any suitable devices. This service has been offered as an alternative to attending court or a postal plea, and this is said to have been created to meet the pressing needs of court users.
Courts Minister Shailesh Vara stressed that digital technology has been making our justice system simpler, faster and clearer. A part of this means removing or reducing the unnecessary movement of people and paper around the system.
Vara said this new “Make A Plea” service has reduced costs and time of the case for the courts and the police, to ensure that they can have focus on the most complex cases making them more effective in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. Thus, it makes it simple, quick and easy for people to have access to justice.
This is actually widening the modernisation of the British courts which has included an investment of £160 million in digital technology for the courtrooms which includes among others the wifi, improved IT systems and video links that’s ending the system’s reliance on paper making it completely paperless.
It can be recalled that from late March, motoring offenders which are low-level can make their pleas online to save money and time. The new “Make A Plea” in the government’s digital service will offer this alternative to drivers who have committed “minor” motoring offences. These include speeding and driving with no insurance.
Vara said the government’s £160 million investment on courtroom digital technology will not only make justice simpler but quicker. It will also lessen the workload of courts, as many offending motorists will not anymore go to the courts in person to submit a plea. This would also give the courts and the police plenty of time in concentrating to the more complicated cases.
The British courts are currently dealing with a large number of minor offences of the motorists every year. So it has become imperative that in the 21st century, British courts should be using secure web technology purposely to relieve some of the pressures. “Make A Plea” service is expected to speed up resolutions of cases for offending motorists, and the courts will also be freeing itself from unnecessary pressures giving them time to work for more serious motoring offences such as dangerous driving.
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