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Driver not in a position to have control of a vehicle, Invalid Fixed Penaly Notice
post Wed, 26 Oct 2011 - 09:29
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Good Morning

I received a fixed penalty notice from Sussex Police for 'Driver not in a position to have control of a vehicle' last week and was provided with the conviction code BE46.

The officer was clearly a rookie and was having to refer to a manual at every point and I'm wondering whether he's made a mistake?

Only I cannot find conviction code BE46 anywhere on the internet, on the DVLA website or nor my insurers website.

When I surrendered my licence at the police station, they couldn't confirm the code and asked me what it said.
Stupidly I told him ' Driver not in proper control' and only when the officer turned his back to me on the phone and lowered his voice to the traffic unit (I could no longer hear what he was saying), did he come back and confirm what I had told him.

I've since called the traffic unit myself, who called me back (no doubt checking what the office had issued me with first) and confirmed; 'Driver not in a position to have control of a vehicle' but couldn't provide me with a DVLA code, despite having a look whilst we were on the phone.

As you can imagine I am very suspicious now, is this a valid conviction and if so, what’s the DVLA code for my insurers?

Thanks in advance ..
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post Wed, 26 Oct 2011 - 09:40
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The code on the ticket will be force local so irrelevant to you.

An FPN lets you deal with the matter without going to court. Mistakes on it don't prevent them taking you to court.

If you've surrendered your licence (i.e. the police now have it), you either pay the fine and collect your points or you tell them you want to go to court. If you do nothing they give you the points anyway and bump your fine up 50% or something like that, for your trouble.

How about a bit more information regarding the circumstances?
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