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Good Afternoon Sir/Madam, I would be grateful if you can

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Good Afternoon Sir/Madam,
I would be grateful if you can advise me on the following:-
I have a provisional licence and unfortunately someone used my car without my knowledge and they have left the country. I don't have their forwarding address.
They exceeded the speed limit by 6miles in the 30 m.p.h. speed zone (they did 36 m.p.h.). I have received a letter from the police and they want me to tell them the name of the person who was driving and their address. I think I know the name (as I am not 100% sure) but not the address.
I need to reply today or latest by tomorrow.
Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation.
Regards
Maureen
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Hi.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
Did you report their use to the police?
How did they get your keys?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I did not know they had used my car until I received a letter from the police - they stayed with me for a week before they went home.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Sorry, meant to say hello Jo and thanks for trying to help me.
They must have stolen my keys whilst I was not at home.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi Jo, I am awaiting your answer. You asked me a couple of questions to which I have responded. I would be grateful for your response. Thank you.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Ok.
If this person was staying with you then surely you have an address for them?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She only stayed with me for only a week prior to travelling abroad and I honestly don't have her address abroad.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
You will be able to contact her though?
Just phone her and get it?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have not been able to get through and I fear that she could have changed her phone number
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Ok.
The trouble with this is that, put simply, they are not likely to believe you. There is a very common scam in the UK where people avoid speeding offences by claiming that a person was driving who has now left the UK.
If this is what happened then you can only tell the truth on these S172 forms but there is a risk that they will investigate you for perverting. Whether they will prosecute is another matter.
I don't think the fact that you didn't report it is the end of the world but the fact that you don't have any contact information might be a little difficult to establish.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for your explanation - it is sufficient and very helpful.
I have been very honest but I understand what you mean that they may not believe me. I did not even know it was a common scam in the UK. However, I will stick to the truth and tell them the same story. The truth should set me free.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Yes, you can only tell the truth.
If this is the truth then actually upon investigation you might be able to find evidence to support the presence of this person in the UK.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
No problem and all the best.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
That is fine - will rate you answer now
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Many thanks.