There are a range of offences relating to driving documentation such as driving without insurance, vehicle MOT, road tax and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. Many people innocently find themselves committing document offences. For example, by not renewing your photo driving licence every ten years you may find yourself fined. Similarly, driving on a provisional licence without displaying ‘L’ plates is driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, which would lead to the imposition of 6 penalty points.
The law on these offences is very strict. For the most part, if you do not have valid insurance or road tax you are guilty of an offence regardless of whether you knew about it. However, we are experienced in finding ways to avoid the imposition of penalty points. It could be argued that a special reason applies in your case so as to persuade the court not to impose penalty points. For example, you may have been misled about having insurance on your vehicle. To find out if a special reason applies in your case, or if you have a defence to a document offence, contact our team.
Failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident are offences which can attract a wide range of penalties. The scope of the Court to impose a prison sentence, fine, penalty points and driving ban on those who are guilty is broad because of the varying circumstances surrounding such an offence.
This week has seen two extreme examples of circumstances where this offence applies.
The first is the case of Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, who is in hot-water for failing to stop after he accidentally crashed into a parked car whilst undertaking a seven-point turn in his Ford Mondeo Estate.
The collision was caught on CCTV and the police traced the vehicle registration back to Mr Balls who said that he, “was aware the two bumpers touched. But had no idea damage had been done.”
In this case, Mr Balls has admitted his mistake, apologised and offered to pay for the cost of repairs to the other vehicle. As yet, it is not clear if the police intend to prosecute him.
However, in the ‘hit and run’ case involving Sheffield teenager, Jasmyn Chan, there is no doubt that a prosecution will take place. Jasmyn was killed after she was knocked down by a car on Normanton Hill in Sheffield on 9th May. The driver failed to stop at the scene of the accident and also faces the charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
The offence of failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident can attract the following penalties:
- Imprisonment up to 6 months
- Fine up to £5,000
- Discretionary ban
- 5-10 penalty points
We specialise in advising and representing drivers who have been charged with this offence, so get in touch via the website or free phone number for a free initial consultation.