Failure To Stop & Report Or Provide Driver Information

Failing to stop and report or failing to provide driver information are both regarded as serious offences and carry more severe penalties than many other driving convictions.  If you’ve been charged with either of these offences we’d recommend seeking legal advice as soon as possible.

Failure To Stop & Report

The driver of a vehicle has to stop at the scene of an accident where damage to someone or their vehicle (other than the driver) has been caused.  The driver must exchange details with the other party or report the incident to a police officer at a police station as soon as is reasonably practicable, in any case within 24 hours.

The nature of the case and the potential penalties (which can extend to 26 weeks imprisonment, up to 10 points and fine of £5000) will be dependent on the severity of the incident which will include the degree of damage caused and the effort made to stop and report the accident to the police.

If you speak to our experienced team here at Motoring Defence we’ll be able to advise on how to proceed if you’ve been charged with failure to stop and report.  Often where the damage is minor the defendant might not have even realised they’ve caused damage or it may just be that it’s a case of mistaken identity.

We realise that you might be shaken up after an incident and need to speak to someone quickly so we’re available 24/7 to listen to you on 0800 6124859.

Failure To Provide Driver Information

This offence carries a maximum of £1000 fine and 6 penalty points with the possibility of disqualification so it could be more serious for the driver than the original offence.

Unfortunately, the process is also open to error with drivers being prosecuted unfairly.  If the driver of a motor vehicle is suspected of committing a moving traffic offence , then the police will send out a form asking the keeper to identify the driver.

Unfortunately, this letter may not arrive with the keeper or the response may not make its way back to the police due to the vagaries of the postal service, or it may simply be that the keeper has no way of establishing who the driver was, despite their best efforts.

Whatever the case if you feel you’ve been unfairly accused of a failure to provide driver information then call us at John Onions Solicitors and our experience legal team will advise on the best course of action for your individual circumstances.


If you’ve been charged with failing to stop then we’re available 24/7 at Motoring Defence to advise you on the next steps and how best to fight your case.  Just call us on 0800 612 4859.