Failing to Provide Driver Details

The police send out thousands of “requirement to provide driver details” letters every day. These letters are sometimes called s.172 notices or (wrongly) notices of intended prosecution (NIPs). They send the notices for speeding, failing to stop after an accident, careless driving and a whole list of driving offences. Many people are shocked to find out that they will get an automatic 6 penalty points for failing to provide driver details. Even if the original offence was for a minor speeding offence.

If the police have accused you of failing to provide driver details and you want to challenge the case against you, I may be able to help. Are you worried about a driving ban for failing to provide driver details? I can help with that too.

Things I Look Out For in a Failing to Provide Driver Details Case

  • Errors in the notice of intended prosecution (NIP)
  • Errors in the requirement to provide driver details (s.172 notice)
  • Can the prosecution prove that the notice was sent out
  • Did the accused person ever receive the notice
  • Was the accused given enough time to respond to the requirement to provide driver details
  • Errors in procedure by the police
  • Errors in procedure by the prosecution

Also Known As

  • Failing to furnish driver details
  • Not providing driver details
  • Not responding to s.172 notice

Do Not Confuse With

Watch out for this. Lots of people think that they have been accused of speeding when in fact they have been charged with failing to provide driver details.

Penalties for Failing to Provide Driver Details

The maximum sentence for failing to provide driver details is:

  • £1,000
  • 6 penalty points or disqualification from driving

The police can impose a fixed penalty for failing to provide driver details of 6 penalty points and £200.00.

Sentencing Guidelines

When a magistrates’ court sentences someone for failing to provide driver details they use these guidelines.

  • Band C fine (usually 150% of the accused’s weekly income)
  • 6 penalty points

Crown Court or Magistrates’ Court?

Failing to provide driver details trials and guilty pleas are always in the Magistrates’ Court. Appeals are in the Crown Court.

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