Car owners in the UK could land a hefty fine and penalty points in the UK for speeding-related offences.
Motorists who fault to report driver details to the police after their vehicle is caught breaking the law on camera.
If caught drivers can be fined £1,000 and six penalty points, even if they weren’t in the car a the time of the incident.
Drivers who were charged with an offence where they weren’t stopped by the police at the time, could be asked to confirm the identity of the driver at the time of the contravention.
The owner can be fined if they fail to provide accurate details of the person behind the wheel at the time of the offence, if they claim they were not driving at the time.
According to the Road Traffic Act 1988, “the person keeping the vehicle shall give such information as to the identity of the driver as he may be required to give by or on behalf of a chief officer of police”.
An example of how drivers can be penalised for a speeding offence even if they weren’t driving arose this week after Premier League footballer Mario Lemina was fined £96,000 for an offence, despite not driving the car at the time.
The football star failed to inform the police who was driving at the time the vehicle was caught speeding on numerous occasions.
He claimed he was unaware as to whether it was his brother or cousin driving at the time the car was clocked speeding.
Lemina was handed a £96,000 fine, the largest ever issued in the UK, which is three times the footballer’s weekly wage.
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Policy & Research Director, said: “This case underlines the importance of giving the police accurate and honest information about who was driving a car caught speeding.
“Most of the more serious cases we have seen over the years include failure to disclose penalties.
“Ultimately not telling the police who was driving can lead to court cases for perverting the course of justice.
“Never ignore a request from the police for driver identity. In the UK it’s the owner who gets traced but it’s also their responsibility to help the police.
“If you don’t then you risk a fine and points equal to the offence the police are trying to prosecute.”
Drivers can also land hefty punishment sit they deliberately provide the incorrect information to the police.
Taking penalty points for another driver is an offence punishable by a hefty fine and even a prison sentence.