Section 172 Road Traffic Act 1988 Notice of Intended Prosecution - you don't have to fill it in!
If you have been a naughty boy and driven too fast through our lovely county you are liable to be sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution from the laughingly called Wiltshire Police Safety Camera Partnership.
On the form are various instructions, such as - Part 7. Please complete this part in all cases. This is a requirement under Section 172 Road Traffic Act 1988 .
It is a lie.
The charming Miss Anna Gilder of the Wiltshire Police Safety Camera Partnership has confirmed to me that "There is no legal requirement that this form be used if someone chooses to provide the details in another form this is acceptable."
So nit-pickery on one side and an arrogant dismissal of legalities on the other. A civilised service which respected us would include a form and say, "Please could you use this form as it will help you to fulfil your obligation and help us to process it accurately and easily and this will keep our costs down etc." But no, they hector us with bold black ink orders threatening the full force of the law when they have no right to. No wonder I have replied to her thus:
Miss Anna Gilder
Wiltshire Police Safety Camera Partnership
PO BOX 3025
Thank you for your speedy reply to my letter, which as it was attached to my completed form I take to be an acknowledgement that you received the form safely.
My apologies if you misunderstood my letter, I merely pointed out that I couldn’t remember driving “like Jehu, the son of Nimshi” (2 Kings 9 – 20). I didn’t deny I was the driver or suggest any other drivers: you also have my signed form in which I say I was the driver and completed my driver details. I am therefore at a loss to understand what grounds you have for suggesting I have failed to provide driver details, but for the avoidance of doubt let me make this statement:
It’s a fair cop, guv., it was me, you have got me bang to rights.
On a more worrying note I am pleased you acknowledge that the form you send out is wrong and the threat - Part 7. Please complete this part in all cases. This is a requirement under Section 172 Road Traffic Act 1988 - is false. I hope you will confirm that this wording, and the other misleading instructions, including those on your website, will be modified to reflect the truth.
I understand why you wish to plough on with your cases, as is your right; but I would beg you to remember that if the ECHR does rule against the present method of mulcting the motorists, and that we should go back to a rule of law where ancient liberties are recognised and the policing authorities can regain some of the trust and respect that they have frittered away, then I will be looking for this injustice to be righted.
Yours as ever,