Failing to report an accident

The Offence

'To comply with a duty under this section to report an accident or to produce such a certificate of insurance or security, or other evidence, as is mentioned in section 165(2)(a) of this Act, the driver-

a. Must do so at a police station or to a constable, and

b. Must do so as soon as is reasonably practicable and, in any case, within twenty-four hours of the occurrence of the accident.' Road Traffic Act 1988 section 170

Maximum Penalty

  • 6 months imprisonment and/or fine not exceeding £5,000;
  • Endorsement with 5-10 penalty points; and/ or
  • A discretionary disqualification.

If it is possible that being convicted of this offence will result in you having 12 penalty points on your licence please click here for more information as it may be that you are at risk of losing your driving licence.

Remember expert representation by a skilled lawyer can always help in reducing the penalties imposed by the Magistrates.

Pricing and timescales

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