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Mother-in-law (MIL) is RK.

Father-in-law (FIL) is driving.

Both are pensioners.

Queue of slow moving traffic...Bike pulled into gap in front and proceeded slowly. FIL does not believe he was 'tailgating' but biker turned and shook his fist; FIL responded by shaking his fist. Biker stopped and walked back towards the car. FIL got out of car.

Biker said 'I'm gonna punch your f***ing block off.' FIL responded, 'I'm gonna punch your f***ing block off.' Nothing happened although you get the picture even if the script is not precise!

Apparently, during this exchange, the bike fell over and, possibly because the engine was still running, 'appeared' to spin in circles. It is alleged to have sustained some minor damage in the form of scratches or possibly slightly more severe.

Biker said 'look what you've done to my bike!' FIL replied, 'I didn't do anything. It just fell over.'

Biker girl came up and asked for 'details' (ie name, address, insurance, etc.). FIL refused to give details as there was no accident. He got back into the car and left.

You know what's coming next:

MIL receives (I believe) s172 request. She filled it in, nominating FIL, and sent it off with a letter outlining their side of the story.

FIL has now (about 2 weeks ago) received his own s172 alleging dangerous driving, leaving the scene and failing to report.

I am told that there was no contact between the two vehicles or, indeed, the parties involved.

How should this be fought?
Any other witnesses?
QUOTE (cabbyman @ Wed, 22 Oct 2008 - 00:08) *
How should this be fought?

Doesn't seem to be much that can be done at this stage.

Obviously, FIL must comply with the s. 172 requirement. There is case law which provides that if the vehicle in question was not involved in the alleged offence, there is no driver to name, but here it is the alleged offence that is disputed, not the involvement of the vehicle.

The other party presumably intend to make a claim against FIL/MIL's insurance, and need the relevant contact details - hence the complaint to the police and the s. 172. S. 172 requires that there is an allegation of an offence - it is by no means certain that the police will prosecute or even investigate (although they should investigate when a complaint is made).

Contemporaneous notes (or as contemporaneous as they can be considering that the incident was probably some time ago) by those involved and those that they spoke to about the incident are generally a good idea (as DW190 says - blunt pencils are better than sharp memories).

How long ago was the incident? How long after the incident was MIL's NIP/s. 172 received? [N.B. this may be utterly irrelevant - FIL's 'defence' is that there was no accident/collision - if the contrary is found, there is no requirement for a NIP for the dangerous driving allegation]
Thanks for that, Andy. I have now pointed MIL in the direction of the topic so, hopefully, she will add her own questions in due course.

The original s172 went back quite quickly.

Baggie, I am not aware of any other witnesses than those mentioned above.
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