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car logbook address cockup - criminal offence

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itsbeginningtofeelverywindy Wed 22-Nov-17 18:07:54

Completely stupidly, I didn't realise that when I moved I needed to notify the DVLA of my change of address on the carlog book. I updated them of all details on my driving licence, insurance company etc... but sadly not this..
I received a notice to attend court because my car was thought not to be insured but actually it was there was a typing error on the insurance certificate. All OK - I have evidence of this.
However, a first letter was sent to my ex-husband's address (old marital home where the car was first registered) in June but I didn't see this and, although he still lives there, he didn't pass this on to me.
I realised this summer about the logbook change and so it is all done.
Firstly -do you think the Court will find me innocent? (the insurance is valid)
Secondly - please tell me I am not the only one who didn't know about the logbook thing.
Thirdly - my ex is rather mean for not handing over the letter (we see each other twice a month for child contact)?

ems137 Wed 22-Nov-17 18:41:02

I’m fairly sure that you’ve not broken any laws as long as you can definitely prove the insurance was just a mistake.

I went to court for not having valid insurance after a police officer told me I was ok to drive and won the case.

The log book issue would be with the DVLA and not the police wouldn’t it?

MongerTruffle Wed 22-Nov-17 18:43:06

It does say on the V5C that you can be fined £1000 if you don't notify the DVLA of a change of address.

Namechangetempissue Wed 22-Nov-17 18:48:03

I think the very worst you will get is a fine, but it is unlikely as it was a typographical error and you were insured and have evidence of this.

I knew about the log book but work in the motor industry so deal daily with log books etc.

Yes, I think ex was a bit spiteful.

SometimesMaybe Wed 22-Nov-17 18:48:06

Speak to a solicitor. It would be worth paying a few hundred quid for advice rather than a fine and six points for no insurance (loss of no claims etc etc).

itsbeginningtofeelverywindy Wed 22-Nov-17 20:00:29

thanks for feedback but I don't get the point here on paying a solicitor as it is just facts. The insurance things is straightforward but I failed to do the other bit for reasons stated. The facts can't be changed or dressed up one way or the other surely?
Obviously I know nothing however!

DoublyTroubly Wed 22-Nov-17 20:06:06

Pepipoo is a really good forum for these sort of questions

SometimesMaybe Wed 22-Nov-17 20:09:07

But you do need to speak to a solicitor - if your insurance information was wrong (even if it’s an error) without correctly accessing the correct “defence” to the charge in court you could easily end up with a fine and points that would mean more money in the long term.

RainbowPastel Wed 22-Nov-17 20:20:53

Firstly -do you think the Court will find me innocent? (the insurance is valid) No you could be fined up to £1000 it is your responsibility to change your address
Secondly - please tell me I am not the only one who didn't know about the logbook thing. It's very clear on the certificate you need to notify them.
Thirdly - my ex is rather mean for not handing over the letter (we see each other twice a month for child contact)? It's your responsibility not his.

itsbeginningtofeelverywindy Wed 22-Nov-17 21:05:01

rainbow - the insurance is still valid - they had all my details at all times but there was a typo on the certificate. As a renewal, I simply paid and filed the info.
I have been completely upfront about it being my fault not changing my address for the car registration but I just had no idea - I have never read the certificate as it was just in a file. I used to receive emails from the DVLA for tax updates so there was never any cause to.
(ps: I think he is worse than bloody mean because he has done this on purpose)

itsbeginningtofeelverywindy Wed 22-Nov-17 21:05:55

thank you I will check pepipoo

carefreeeee Wed 22-Nov-17 21:28:30

If you actually were insured they can't find you guilty for not being insured. The failing to change address is a separate issue. I doubt you will get into too much trouble especially as you are honest and showing remorse

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