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Experience:  PGD Law. 20 years legal profession, 6 as partner in High Street practice
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I bought a new car on 20th Feb. The V5 was reg to an address

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I bought a new car on 20th Feb. The V5 was reg to an address from which I subsequently moved. On 7th July my father, in whose name the car was financed, received a NIP for speeding (84 in a 70 limit). I never received the V5 and forgot about it. I have now notified DVLA of the change of address. I was driving the car. Do I have a defence in that it took so long for the NIP to reach the owner?
JA: Because traffic laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: U.K. Didn't realise this was USA
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
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Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: UK Traffic Law
Expert:  Stuart J replied 12 months ago.

I am based in the UK. The site is administered from the United States. I apologise for the confusion.

I presume that you bought the new car and because you never got the V5 for whatever reason, you never thought to change the address of the registered keeper when you moved.

I’m going to be brutally honest with you and tell you that I think that defence is likely to fail because you had something which is much bigger, the car, you know that you have to change the address when you move and that applies not only to vehicles but also your driving licence, bank statements, et cetera.

Legally, it is good service if it has gone to your last known address and if you don’t get it because you didn’t update the system, whatever the reason, that defence would fail.

I’m sorry, I know it’s not the answer you wanted but that is my view.

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