Section 172 Driver Information
This is a very common offence which EA Law - East Anglian Chambers deals with on a daily basis. In some circumstances, the police are required to issue a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP). Failure by a driver to properly respond to the NIP is a criminal offence under section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Under Section 172 Driver Information, the police must issue the Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) within a period of 14 days from the date of the offence. If the NIP is not sent to you in time, then you should ask us about this, it may be that you have a defence to the matter alleged in the NIP. Otherwise, you must return the NIP to the police with the identity of the driver, whether this is you or someone else. Failure to do so carries with it 6 penalty points on your driving licence, or disqualification from driving. There are defences where you can show that you could not reasonably have known the identity of the driver. You will wish to take expert legal advice on these issues.
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