Just for clarity, you would not have been insured at that time?
Ok. But do the insurance company confirm you were not insured at that time?
So were you insured to drive this vehicle at this time?
This should really be a simple yes or no answer. If they haven't been clear with you then call them back and demand a clear answer.
Yes, but were you insured or not?
It really doesn't matter who is to blame at this stage.
Well, it doesn't matter whether cover should have been in place or not.
The question is whether it was. Only Tescos can answer that question. It is simple enough for them. If you were insured then they can just produce an insurance certificate which you can show to the Crown and the matter will fall away.
Whether you should have been insured but were not would only be an issue if they confirm that you were not insured.
Then you could raise a special reasons hearing.
But Tesco need to be clear about whether or not you could drive this car on this day. There is no reason you shouldn't be told that in simple terms by them. It is their task to explain.
If they are refusing then complain to the Ombudsman as that is outrageous.
Then you weren't insured.
In which case it would have to be a guilty plea but you could argue that special reasons apply not to add points.
But you might want to get them to be clear about that.
Well, possibly but no insurance is an offence of strict liability so either you were insured or you were not. If you were they can give you an insurance certificate and the matter ends.
They can only do that if you are not insured.
It doesn't matter who is to blame. It is just a matter of whether or not you were actually insured. You may have been but they need to confirm or deny.
Yes, they are free to summons to court.
There are time limits but they are six months from the offence so they are in time. They usually do use them to the maximum.
But you would always have special reasons at your disposal.
No, but you can always produce a certificate if one is available.
To argue special reasons you need to plead and then argue special reasons apply because it was the fault of your insurance company. You have the burden of proof though so would need to gather evidence.
It could be anything
The obviously issue here is to get the insurance company to confirm that the issue was an administrative one.
Also, to produce evidence that you have always kept your vehicle insured hitherto.
What do they say was the cause?
OK. Then they are saying you were uninsured.
Then you would have to plead.
You can always ask the Crown to consider the public interest of the prosecution.
Failing that it is special reasons. Seems to me that it doesn't really matter why the change wasn't made unless they are saying it was your fault.
Well, it could be a number of factors.
The reality is that it is very unlikely they will discontinue it but they could and so it is worth trying.
You just write a letter into CPS asking them to review the public interest of the case.
You can always quote the reference number given although they can marry up letters to cases fast enough when it suits them.
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