Failing to fess up

Failing to fess up

I’d been out ragging around the Lake District with some mates – we had been flying if I’m honest as it was pretty quiet. A week later the dreaded Notice of Intended Prosecution landed on my doorstep. 85mph in a 60mph limit.

Now in all honesty I know I had been speeding but I read on a forum somewhere that if you don’t reply they can’t do you in court. So effectively I stuck two fingers up and ignored it.

Problem is I have now got a court summons for failing to give information. Is that right? Also, my mates are happy to come to court and say we all swapped bikes even though we didn’t so they can’t prove who was speeding. What do you reckon?


I reckon you are an idiot. Just think about it. Lying to a court is not a genius idea because if they catch you they will lock you up just as they did with the MP Chris Huhne when he was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

As for failing to give information because you didn’t identify the rider (which is a legal requirement under the Road Traffic Act), you have been correctly summonsed to court.

My advice is man up and don’t whinge. You fought the law and the law won. Expect six points and a fine of up to £1000.

Andrew Prendergast

Motorcycle Monthly October 2014

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Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Last modified: March 23, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a ZZR1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.


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