Failing to Name Drivers
If you are the registered owner of a means, then in theory you should be aware of who is driving the means at any given time. If your means is involved in an accident, it is down to you to provide the name of the person driving the means or confront a £1000 fine in addition as 6 penalty points on your licence.
However, this contradicts the normal rule that people should not have to incriminate themselves or others if they don’t want to. There have been many disputes as to whether the “failure to name driver” punishment.
An interesting fact about this law is that if a company is the registered keeper of the means and if a company is summonsed for failing to provide information this is a non-endorsable offence. The company is simply liable for a fine.
Another law related to motoring that comes up surprisingly often, is failure to stop when you’re involved in an accident. This law applies to when someone is involved in a car accident that causes damage, however minor to a car or a person, as of 1988 it is a legal requirement that you stop and make yourself obtainable to anyone that may need your details or insurance policy number.
The sentence for this is usually a heavy one, this is because when the law was originally brought in, it was assumed that it would be used mostly for hit-and-run offences when drivers have hit someone on a zebra crossing or something and then pushed off. However it is now used a lot of the time to charge people for bumps and scrapes in car parks who try to excursion off and claim that they didn’t realise what they’d done. These instances are simply dealt with with fines and points but the more serious hit and run situations nevertheless have heavy penalties attached that vary depending on the severity of the particular case.