Southampton man banned and fined for failing to reveal car driver's identity

Daily Echo: Man banned and fined for failing to reveal car driver's identity Man banned and fined for failing to reveal car driver's identity

A SOUTHAMPTON man is £700 poorer and banned from driving after failing to reveal to police the identity of the driver of a vehicle.

Paul Smith, 48, of Ellis Road, Thornhill, was convicted in his absence of the offence relating to a Vauxhall Vivaro between May 22-29 last year.

Magistrates in Basingstoke fined him £600, with a £60 victim surcharge and costs of £85.

Smith was also disqualified for six months.

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11:13am Mon 27 Jan 14

sotonwinch09 says...

ha brilliant!
ha brilliant! sotonwinch09
  • Score: 3

11:57am Mon 27 Jan 14

downfader says...

Good. If you dont tell the cops who did it, or allow your vehicle to be used antisocially then you're part of the problem.
Good. If you dont tell the cops who did it, or allow your vehicle to be used antisocially then you're part of the problem. downfader
  • Score: 4

1:51pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Eastleigh Bloke says...

What if its a family car and you don't know which one of you was driving at the time? For example, if an offense took place a month before you are asked to give evidence, are you going to know if it was you or your wife that drove to Tesco that day?
What if its a family car and you don't know which one of you was driving at the time? For example, if an offense took place a month before you are asked to give evidence, are you going to know if it was you or your wife that drove to Tesco that day? Eastleigh Bloke
  • Score: -6

2:49pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Charlie Bucket says...

I don't really see why he should be banned from driving, though. The idea of banning someone is in response to their poor driving, not a generic punishment.
I don't really see why he should be banned from driving, though. The idea of banning someone is in response to their poor driving, not a generic punishment. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -2

4:58pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Niel says...

downfader wrote:
Good. If you dont tell the cops who did it, or allow your vehicle to be used antisocially then you're part of the problem.
I wonder what defense the Deputy Chief Constable used when one of their unmarked cars got snapped in Portsmouth a few years ago? IIRC he didn't get either a fine or points, let alone a ban... The vehicle's log-book wasn't filled in so the Police couldn't tell who was driving at the time!
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: Good. If you dont tell the cops who did it, or allow your vehicle to be used antisocially then you're part of the problem.[/p][/quote]I wonder what defense the Deputy Chief Constable used when one of their unmarked cars got snapped in Portsmouth a few years ago? IIRC he didn't get either a fine or points, let alone a ban... The vehicle's log-book wasn't filled in so the Police couldn't tell who was driving at the time! Niel
  • Score: -1

10:00pm Mon 27 Jan 14

downfader says...

Eastleigh Bloke wrote:
What if its a family car and you don't know which one of you was driving at the time? For example, if an offense took place a month before you are asked to give evidence, are you going to know if it was you or your wife that drove to Tesco that day?
You, as the owner of a vehicle, are ultimately responsible for how that vehicle is used. That is as true in law as it is morally. The best way to avoid having to answer that dilemma is not to break the law by speeding, and encourage family members to do the same.
[quote][p][bold]Eastleigh Bloke[/bold] wrote: What if its a family car and you don't know which one of you was driving at the time? For example, if an offense took place a month before you are asked to give evidence, are you going to know if it was you or your wife that drove to Tesco that day?[/p][/quote]You, as the owner of a vehicle, are ultimately responsible for how that vehicle is used. That is as true in law as it is morally. The best way to avoid having to answer that dilemma is not to break the law by speeding, and encourage family members to do the same. downfader
  • Score: 0

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