Failing to Stop

Failing to Stop & Give Details After an Accident

As a driver of a mechanically propelled vehicle, owing to the presence of which on a road or other public place, an accident occurred whereby injury was caused to another person (or damage caused to another vehicle or to roadside property or injury to an animal) the driver fails to stop, upon being reasonably required to give his name and address, the name and address of the owner of the vehicle and the number of the vehicle, is guilty of an offence.

This offence can only be dealt with in the Magistrates Court and if convicted the maximum penality is

  • a fine not exceeding £5000 and/or
  • a term of imprisonment of 6 months.

In addition the Court may disqualify for any period and/or until a driving test has been passed. Also the Court must endorse, unless there are special reasons, with between 5-10 penality points.

Failing to Report After an Accident

As a driver of a mechanically propelled vehicle, owing to the presence of which on a road or other public place an accident occurred whereby injury was caused to another person (or damage caused to another vehicle or to roadside property or to an animal), not giving his name and address to any person having reasonable grounds for requiring this information, failing to report to the police as soon as reasonably practicable and in any case within 24 hours is guilty of this offence.

This offence can only be dealt with in the Magistrates Court and if convicted the maximum penality is

  • a fine not exceeding £5000 and/or
  • a term of imprisonment of 6 months.

In addition the Court may disqualify for any period and/or until a driving test has been passed. Also the Court must endorse, unless there are special reasons, with between 5-10 penality points.

Note that report means approaching the police oneself as soon as reasonably practicable, even if no one else was present at the scene of the accident and therefore there was nobody present to ask for the driver's particulars.

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