Speeding and Failing to Identify Driver Not Guilty
This case proceeded to trial on 19 February 2020 within Paisley Justice of the Peace Court.
The complaint libelled two separate charges, namely speeding and an allegation under s.172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 that our client failed to identify who was driving when it was alleged his vehicle was being driven dangerously. The speeding charge had been deserted on technical grounds at an earlier diet. Following evidence, the accused satisfied the court in terms of the statutory defence that he did not know and could not with reasonable diligence have ascertained who the driver was at the material time. Much had been made of the fact a high value vehicle was involved in the case however the court, quite properly, looked beyond that fact and accepted the position advanced by the accused.
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