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Failure to Produce Driving Documents
Should you fail to produce driving documents when requested to do so by the police, JMW can help you successfully contest this. Our motoring law solicitors have years of experience reducing penalties for those who face such allegations and we can help to make sure that what can at first be a small error does not end up costing you big.
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Failing to produce driving documents to the police is an offence that may seem fairly innocuous, but can bring with it a maximum fine of £5,000 and eight points on a driving licence. Examples of the types of documents that you may be required to present to the police include:
- Driving licence
- Proof of insurance
- MOT certificate
A police officer has the right to demand that you produce driving documents, and if you are unable to do so there and then, you will be required to produce them at a police station within seven days. If you have been asked to present a driving licence, this will need to be done by you, in person. If you need to provide a certificate of insurance or an MOT certificate, this can be done by someone on your behalf. All documents must be in your name and not anyone else's.
The punishments for failing to produce driving documents vary, with a lack of insurance being treated very seriously by the courts in particular.
In cases where there is commercial use of the vehicle, usually the employer is responsible for insuring it. This means it is the company or proprietor that can be liable for prosecution, as well as the employee. We can assist both.
A number of punishments are possible if you are caught driving while disqualified, including:
- Prison sentence
- Curfew order
- Community service
- Extension of the disqualification
The maximum fine for having no tax or MOT is £1,000, but no points will be put on your driving license for this offence. An unlicensed driver can receive a fine of up to £1,000 and between three and six penalty points.
Our motoring law specialists are here to provide the expert legal advice you need should you find that you are facing allegations of failing to produce driving documents. We have the skill and experience you need to ensure your chances of a court sanction are reduced.
We can provide expert guidance so that you are not penalised any more than is absolutely necessary and will support you throughout your case, from beginning to end.
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Business Crime, Regulation & Driving Offences