If you receive a notice of intended prosecution it will be accompanied with a request for driver information. The law requires the registered keeper of a vehicle to provide the identity of the driver to the Police following an alleged road traffic offence.

Unlike the notice of intended prosecution this request does not have to be served within 14 days. 
If you receive the request for driver Information or section 172 notice you should complete it fully and return it within the 28 days allowed.

If you knowingly provide incorrect details, you are liable for a potentially much more serious offence which could result in imprisonment.


Failure to comply with this request is an offence and is punishable by a fine and 6 penalty points.


  • If you can show that you did not know who the driver was AND could not have ascertained with reasonable diligence who the driver of the vehicle was you will have a defence
  • If the requirement to identify the driver was made by post and if you can show that you gave the information as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of the 28-day period or that it has not been reasonably practicable to give it

We are very experienced at defending these types of allegations and you should obtain expert legal advice as soon as possible.

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