The Former Home Secretary, Michael Howard, has been fined £1615 (£900 fine, £625 costs and £90 “victim surcharge”), plus 6 penalty points after being convicted of failing to supply the information of the Driver after a recent speeding ticket.
His car was “caught” at 37mph in a 30 limit in January.
Staggeringly given his background in Law — he was awarded a Law degree in 1962 and became a practising Queen’s Counsel in 1982 — he completely messed up his defence!
Under the section on the NIP where an alternative driver can be named, he simply wrote “Wife”.
As someone with a working knowledge of the law, this beggars belief and surely invited the Court to come after him!
District Judge Barbara Barnes even described Lord Howard’s defence as “credible” and said she genuinely believed he and his wife had “racked their brains” to remember who was driving.
But she still found him guilty because he should have given his wife’s full name and address on the form, rather than simply writing “Wife”.
I’m sure that Lord Howard didn’t involve a Lawyer, because the “strategy” he used is almost guaranteed to fail.
If he had taken advice from specialist Lawyers, I think it’s very unlikely he would have found himself in Court in the first place.
And if he had, I’m sure it’s very likely from our experience (and the Judges comments) that he would have been found “not guilty”.
The Lawyers at DriveProtect are always asking me to remind Members to contact them the moment they receive a ticket or summons, and to not do anything without speaking to them first for just these kinds of reasons!
So if you’re a Member, there you go, I reminded you! 🙂
All the best,
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