When the driver of a vehicle is alleged to have committed an offence the police may make a request to the registered keeper to provide information about the identity of the driver of the vehicle.
This typically occurs when a vehicle is detected committing a speeding offence by an automatic speed detection device, where the identity of the offending vehicle is known by the police but the identity of the driver is not.
If the registered keeper (or other person) fails to respond to a Notice of Intended Prosecution and Request for Driver Detail and identify the driver of the vehicle at the time of the offence they will be prosecuted for “failing to provide driver information”, which can lead to a fine of up to £1,000 and the endorsement of 6 penalty points.
Motorists often find themselves accused of this offence through no fault of their own. Common issues which may arise, and for which a defence case may be argued, include situations where:
- The request for information was not received
- The police did not receive the response identifying the driver
- Despite making every reasonable effort, the identity of the driver could not be determined
You should get Breydons involved in your case as soon as possible. Please contact us on 01603 616000 for more advice and to find out how we can help you.