Sticky Speedo – Defence?


Not sure who was driving both me and wife use car. Asked for photo evidence but police refused.

The speedo on my car recently started to stick and jump. Sometimes it sticks at lower speed than shown by TomTom. Have got photo evidence of this sticking.

We suspect this may be cause of offence. Is this a valid defence if not speeding intentionally or should one of us admit liability ?

Dominic Says:

The sticky speedo won’t be a defence but it may amount to a special reason to avoid the points. The police have to show you the photo evidence if you are having trouble figuring out who was driving at the time. Refer them to the ACPO guidelines in that respect.

If you cannot figure out who was driving at the time then you need to say so. The truth is best, but you need to be able to show that you have done your best to figure it out.

How long after the alleged offence did you get the NIP? Did you get it within 14 days. Explain why you are having trouble figuring it out? Are you both insured to drive the car? Do you only have one car?

Have either of you got any points? If so, how many?

Make sure you provide your wife’s full details as the other potential driver.

Tell me more and I will be able to assist further.

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