Fail to Identify Driver

Failing to identify the driver of a vehicle is a criminal offence when requested by the police or another authorised person.

These cases usually occur when a notification of an intended prosecution are sent to the registered keeper of a vehicle and asks them to identify the driver of the vehicle at a particular time and place resulting from an offence.

However, you may be requested to identify the driver if your vehicle has been involved in an accident which caused a personal injury or damage to someone else's property.

You are expected to take all reasonable steps to identify who is driving your vehicle. The law specifically says:

Are There Any Defences?

There are a number of possible defences you can use if you are faced with this particular motoring offence.

You will need to:

Without proving any of the above defences, you will be charged with failure to identify the driver.

What are the penalties?

If you are convicted of failing to identify the driver of a vehicle:


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