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I was pulled over by the police last night because my

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Hi I was pulled over by the police last night because my boyfriend was driving me car on an empty road at night from one car park to another whilst accompanied by myself but he was not insured but he had his driving test today and I’m getting a summons to go to court and I was wondering if you had any advice
Assistant: Since laws vary from place to place, where is this? And when did this happen?
Customer: Northern Ireland and 18:35 on 7/10/19
Assistant: Do you need to appear in court?
Customer: Yes they said it could be 6months to a year before I get a summons
Assistant: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no I think that’s it
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

Hi, welcome to JustAnswer. My name is*****’m a barrister with 12 years of experience and I am happy to help with your question today.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

What would you like to know about this please?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I was wondering if you had any advice for me just regarding what I would need to say in court, I was unaware that you needed to be 21 with 3 years experience before you could accompany a learner driver, the officers said I could face getting points on my license for allowing my boyfriend to drive my car the short distance before his driving exam the following day or I could just get a caution regarding the circumstances.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

Are you being prosecuted for permitting no insurance?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I’m not sure they didn’t say because it was my car and my car has fully comprehensive insurance on it and my boyfriend has his provisional license and has fully comprehensive insurance on his car at home so I let him drive my car maybe 100yrds then park to practice for his driving test.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

Thank you.

I would expect a prosecution for permitting no insurance and no licence. That carries 6 points and a fine I'm afraid.

Sadly there is no defence in saying that you didn't know. Road traffic is generally of strict liability and also ignorance of the law is not usually a defense.

Sorry if that's bad news.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But it wasn’t me with no insurance and no license?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

But you were acting as a supervisor.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I could lose my license even though I wasn’t even driving?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

Well, you would get points and fine.