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Failing to name driver prosecution

My friend has been hit with an £800 fine and a 6 month driving ban for failing to name the driver

Firstly, I realise what a prat he has been. He could have asked for help with this in the last 6 months but buried his head in the sand.

He was driving 36 in a 30 zone in early January. It was a company van and he left that job almost straight away and ended up getting paperwork in early February. For reasons I cannot give, he didn't respond to this and admits he got a couple of further letters over the next couple of months.

But he got a court letter yesterday banning him for 6 months and a £800 fine which seems over the top! He is adamant he never got a letter saying there was any hearing but has got this through now.

Does anyone have any advise? He had a clean license so the ban seems extremely harsh, I accept ignoring it was absolutely ridicilous but this seems OTT. He is obviously accepting the fine. He has had a rough time so I did say I would help in anyway I can.

I know a bit about Law to be honest but this isn't my area in any way. Cheers in advance.
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  • I am confused you said he has been banned and fined for failing to name the driver.

    Then u said he was driving 36 in a 30 zone.

    So if he was driving why did he need to name someone else.

    Or am I just being thick
  • Huskaris said:

    Sorry to hijack your thread but I have a friend too and he has erectile dysfunction. Any ideas?

    With that hilarious response that's hard to believe...
  • I am confused you said he has been banned and fined for failing to name the driver.

    Then u said he was driving 36 in a 30 zone.

    So if he was driving why did he need to name someone else.

    Or am I just being thick

    Because it was a company vehicle he got a letter through asking if he was the driver. Like I said, he undoubtedly buried his head as he was going through a bit of shit in Feb/March.

    Probably worded it wrong because he should have named the driver as himself, but he's not disputing the fact he was driving.
  • I watch them police Interceptor programmes.

    It seems to me that the punishment for driving with no licence / being banned /no insurance / no tax is a further ban and a fine of about £200.

    So it seems to me that's is far cheaper to steal a car whilst never having passed a test/being disqualified, no tax or insurance as you're fine is less than the insurance premium.
  • I watch them police Interceptor programmes.

    It seems to me that the punishment for driving with no licence / being banned /no insurance / no tax is a further ban and a fine of about £200.

    So it seems to me that's is far cheaper to steal a car whilst never having passed a test/being disqualified, no tax or insurance as you're fine is less than the insurance premium.

    agreed, seen a couple myself and they seem to come down a lot harder on the hard working lot who are driving 36 in a 30 then those little scum bags stealing off said families.

    In this case, he had no excuse for not supplying the information. Just couldn't face the fine and then forgot about it I guess.
  • edited July 31
    Pretty much all you your friend needs to know is here. https://ashfords.co.uk/news-and-events/general/what-is-failing-to-provide-driver-information

    The crucial bit is the "strict liability offence" thing. A conviction can still happen even if one does not receive the request for information. (See section 7 of the Interpretation Act 1978 for an explanation).

    The max penalty seems to be six points and £1,000. So I assume he's got done for the offence as well as the failure to respond. With the penalty being near to the upper end, I assume the Mags took umbrage re your friend dissing the Court by not responding.

    He was a silly boy and needs to suck it up.
  • It seems that some of the younger generation believe that if you "bury your head in the sand" it will all go away.

    I respectfully suggest that your friend learns his lesson and isn't as foolish again.
  • yeah maybe he will have to suck it up. I haven't seen the paperwork so it's possible he got done for the speeding at the same time.
  • yeah maybe he will have to suck it up. I haven't seen the paperwork so it's possible he got done for the speeding at the same time.

    Particularly sad as at 36 in a 30 and a previous clean licence, if he'd complied he'd probably just got away with a speed awareness course and no points. His future insurance quotes are likely to be a very painful read too.
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  • cafcfan said:

    yeah maybe he will have to suck it up. I haven't seen the paperwork so it's possible he got done for the speeding at the same time.

    Particularly sad as at 36 in a 30 and a previous clean licence, if he'd complied he'd probably just got away with a speed awareness course and no points. His future insurance quotes are likely to be a very painful read too.
    agreed, just did the license check online and it says " TT99: ‘totting-up’ - if the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years".

    But then clearly states he only has 6 points.
  • cafcfan said:

    yeah maybe he will have to suck it up. I haven't seen the paperwork so it's possible he got done for the speeding at the same time.

    Particularly sad as at 36 in a 30 and a previous clean licence, if he'd complied he'd probably just got away with a speed awareness course and no points. His future insurance quotes are likely to be a very painful read too.
    agreed, just did the license check online and it says " TT99: ‘totting-up’ - if the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years".

    But then clearly states he only has 6 points.
    Don’t new drivers get a ban if they get 6 points within a certain period after pasig their test?
  • edited July 31
    You get what you deserve, he should have dealt with it immediately.
  • cafcfan said:

    yeah maybe he will have to suck it up. I haven't seen the paperwork so it's possible he got done for the speeding at the same time.

    Particularly sad as at 36 in a 30 and a previous clean licence, if he'd complied he'd probably just got away with a speed awareness course and no points. His future insurance quotes are likely to be a very painful read too.
    agreed, just did the license check online and it says " TT99: ‘totting-up’ - if the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years".

    But then clearly states he only has 6 points.
    Don’t new drivers get a ban if they get 6 points within a certain period after pasig their test?
    Within two years, yes
  • Tell him to talk to a solicitor, he maybe able to appeal the sentence based on previous good record, whatever he was going through at the time and the risk to livelihood and support of his family!
  • https://themotoringlaw.uk/tt99-conviction-code-insurance/

    The insurance quotes for a fictional tt99 here are more than eye-watering. £9.5k for an ancient fiesta suggests they didn't want the business!
  • cafcfan said:

    yeah maybe he will have to suck it up. I haven't seen the paperwork so it's possible he got done for the speeding at the same time.

    Particularly sad as at 36 in a 30 and a previous clean licence, if he'd complied he'd probably just got away with a speed awareness course and no points. His future insurance quotes are likely to be a very painful read too.
    agreed, just did the license check online and it says " TT99: ‘totting-up’ - if the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years".

    But then clearly states he only has 6 points.
    Don’t new drivers get a ban if they get 6 points within a certain period after pasig their test?
    I could be wrong here but I think it's worse than that. I recall your licence is revoked and you have to re-take the test.
  • edited July 31

    cafcfan said:

    yeah maybe he will have to suck it up. I haven't seen the paperwork so it's possible he got done for the speeding at the same time.

    Particularly sad as at 36 in a 30 and a previous clean licence, if he'd complied he'd probably just got away with a speed awareness course and no points. His future insurance quotes are likely to be a very painful read too.
    agreed, just did the license check online and it says " TT99: ‘totting-up’ - if the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years".

    But then clearly states he only has 6 points.
    Sounds a bit weird he needs to get rid of that TT99 if he can.

    Edited to add: This guy is highly regarded for motoring stuff. counsel.direct/
  • He's been driving around 12 years. I believe he got 3 points about 7 years ago but nothing other than that.
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  • He's been driving around 12 years. I believe he got 3 points about 7 years ago but nothing other than that.

    He’s lying.
  • He's been driving around 12 years. I believe he got 3 points about 7 years ago but nothing other than that.

    He’s lying.
    possibly but I have been on the gov site and it says he has 6 live points and a ban for totting up which doesn't seem to add up but it's there in black and white.
  • Whilst on his ban, it will appear as TT99, then after he has served his ban, it will revert back to 6 pts.
  • edited July 31
    Come @cafcfan1990 , time to come clean.

    Why did you bury your head in the sand ?!?
  • Its not the driving , its the " perverting the course of justice"
  • edited July 31
    A nurse friend of mine (I am not a nurse just in case any if you were wondering) already had 9 points on her licence and got caught going through two cans on the M1 smart motorway section. This accrued a further 6 points. She attended court with a solicitor and sue to the potential impact to her and the NHS she was given a £600 fine but allowed to keep her licence which now has 15 points on it.
  • Its not the driving , its the " perverting the course of justice"

    This. The courts take great exception to perjury, non attendance, contempt etc.
  • He's been driving around 12 years. I believe he got 3 points about 7 years ago but nothing other than that.

    He’s lying.
    I don’t need nobody else. I love you..
  • Come @cafcfan1990 , time to come clean.

    Why did you bury your head in the sand ?!?

    Very funny but unfortunately you were the third person to suggest that so it's already got boring.

    Many mistakes in my life but burying my head is not one of them. My shit last year taught me to fight everything head on and I wouldn't let something like this happened.

    Not everybody the same though and people make mistakes, I certainly am not holding it against him.
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