Driving Law And Rumours About Ways Around Them

March 6, 2017 · Posted in General Articles on Car Insurance 
by Christos Chalfont

There are several myths floating around, particularly on the Internet, about ways that you can avoid being charged if accused of committing a traffic offence. However the fact is that the vast majority of them are simply not true.

Possibly the most frequently heard claim is that if a police officer fills in some information incorrectly on a traffic offence ticket, like a speeding ticket, then the ticket is void. This, as with most of these theories, is not true.

The ticket that police officer issues you is not part of any official evidence, it is merely a summary of the incident and if you contest the validity of it if, for example, the officer had put the wrong date of offence or the wrong vehicle registration number, he will have to draft an official statement which they will be unlikely to make a mistake on and a court summons will have to be sent to you.

If you challenge the actual accusation however, i.e. you dont believe you did commit the offence they are accusing you of, then a mistake on a ticket could be put forward as evidence that the officers work is inaccurate and unreliable.

If however the only defence you have is that the officer made a mistake on the ticket, then this doesnt really warrant any kind of defence and you will probably be charged.

Another theory that has come up is that when the police ask you who was driving the vehicle at the time of the offence, you dont have to tell them because that would violate human rights. People think that if you are the registered keeper then you dont have to answer the question who was driving it as your human rights allow you to withhold this information.

In fact, this is simply not true. Human have been altered so that you do have to divulge who was driving at the time of offence or you face six points on your licence and a substantial fine. This is because of the importance of road safety.

Another mistake that is fairly commonly made occurs when people have insurance policies that allow them to drive other peoples cars with their permission. The mistake is that, they will buy a new car and before they are registered as the keeper of the vehicle, they believe that it officially still belongs to the old owner, therefore they think they can drive it without switching their insurance over.

This is not true either, if money has exchanged hands for the car then as far as a court of law is concerned the car belongs to you, and if you have not transferred the insurance over from your old vehicle, then you are not insured on the new one, and therefore driving illegally.

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