Motoring offences: don't be tempted to 'pass the buck'


29 April 2016

The recent case of Ahmed has demonstrated that drivers need to be very careful when giving information to the police about alleged driving offences; as providing false information can lead to proceedings for perverting the course of justice.

The recent case of Ahmed has demonstrated that drivers need to be very careful when giving information to the police about alleged driving offences; as providing false information can lead to proceedings for perverting the course of justice.

Perverting the course of justice is a criminal offence which can be best described as telling untruths but with grave consequences; the penalty for committing the offence is almost certainly custody for a period of between 4 and 36 months regardless of whether you have any previous convictions or not. 

Examples in motoring cases include allowing someone else to take your penalty points or claiming someone else was driving your vehicle when it was you. 

An example of such a case was in March 2013 where Mr Huhne had asked his ex-wife, Ms Pryce to accept his penalty points to prevent him from becoming disqualified from driving. Ms Pryce admitted to accepting the points and as soon as the police became aware, both Mr Huhne and Ms Pryce were charged with perverting the course of justice. The matter went to Southwark Crown Court and both received an eight month custodial sentence. 

On 27 April 2016, Ms Ayesha Ahmed was sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court for the same offence and was sentenced to four months imprisonment. Ms Ahmed was caught driving 40mph in a 30mph zone, rather than accepting the simple speeding offence she gave false driver details to the police therefore denying that she was the driver. The police were able to prove that Ms Ahmed was in fact the driver of the vehicle and as she had given false information to the police she was subsequently charged with perverting the course of justice. 

It is important to be aware of this offence and the consequences that follow. You will not only face a prison sentence, you may lose your employment and you will gain a criminal record. 

Law covered as at April 2016.