Without reasonable consideration

Without reasonable consideration

I have received a Notice of Prosecution for “driving without reasonable consideration” and it requests I identify the rider.

I genuinely have no idea what this is all about but I am the only one who rides my ZZR1200. My mate who works in insurance has told me to ignore the request and that if the police cannot ID the rider I can’t get done. I don’t know what to do.


I suspect your mate who “works in insurance” may be well meaning but he is wrong. It is an offence under Section 172 Road Traffic Act 1988 to fail to provide the information requested in the Rider Identification Request by completing the rider identity form within 28 days.

If you ignore the request you are running the risk of being convicted for failing to provide information. This could result in a fine of up to £1000 and six penalty points on your licence. Therefore, my advice is comply with the request. Then I’m afraid you will have to wait to see whether the police pursue the matter further and what evidence they have before making your next move.

I would add that to be done for “driving without reasonable consideration” the CPS will have to prove that some other user of the road or public place was actually inconvenienced by you on your Kwak. If you are convicted, the likely punishment for such an offence would be three to nine penalty points and a fine.

Andrew Prendergast

Motorcycle Monthly January 2018

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Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Last modified: March 23, 2018 at 4:28 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.


  1. Surely that could include 90% of drivers at some point?
    Is this another law case of “I don’t like him overtaking me so I’ll report it” ?

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