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How can I help with this please?
Did you respond within 28 days?
Did you unequivocally name the driver?
On the face of it, you do have a defence.
If you named the driver on the second S172 request then that is proper disclosure.
If you did send it within 28 days then that is compliant. I suppose they could argue that you didn't comply with the first but they don't really do that. Otherwise there would be no point in a reminder.
Also, there would be lots of abuse of process challenges.
I would imagine that it was lost in the post though.
If so, then you do still have a defence to the charge.
The problem will be whether or not the court will accept it.
In fairness, there isn't a reverse burden on this point. The crown have to prove you didn't send it although, quite frankly, I think there is always a reverse burden on the defence at the Magistrates court. They are not a very respected tribunal. They regularly convict when they should acquit.
You would have to be reasonably credible when you give evidence. I suppose you could call your wife as a witness.
Can I clarify anything for you?
No, you need to go to court to defend this.