I work for a company that employs more than 1000 Trade plate drivers;
we travel all over the UK delivering and collecting vehicles for many different customers.
Many of the places we go to are quite remote, airfields and large compounds etc, there is not usually public transport to many of these places.
The only way we can complete our work is to work with other drivers, sometimes this is arranged by the company and sometimes we arrange this between ourselves.
When there is public transport it can often take a long time to travel between jobs, and quite expensive. Therefore, working with other drivers is normal.
I received the notice from Metropolitan police was about seven weeks after the incident asking me to identify the driver of the car at the incident time.
On average we will complete about three jobs a day, on that basis I would have driven about one hundred vehicles in average of three to four cars a day.
How many drivers I would have worked with is not possible to work out.
Under those circumstances I do not know anyone who could remember the details of a specific car or who they were working with at a specific time of the day seven weeks previously.
The company do not keep records of who works with who at any time, the only thing they are interested in is that all of the assigned work is completed on time.
I have asked many drivers if they can remember working with me on that day, none can.
I have looked at any written notes I keep; this has not helped.
I have checked my mobile phone to see who I spoke to around that day, nothing I have done has enabled me to identify who would have been driving at the time of the alleged incident.
Also the photographs sent to me earlier by the Police wasn’t clear enough to identify who was driving the vehicle at incident time.
I understand that the Police will ask for any information that will lead to the identity of whoever was driving, and in most cases it can be provided.
I have however read what the law says in this situation.
It clearly says that a driver/keeper cannot be guilty of failing to identify who was driving if they did not know with reasonable diligence.
It seems common sense to me that the law was written that way because of exactly this kind of situation. The law also says I am not required to keep records.
I accept that this is a very unsatisfactory situation, I remain willing to do anything I can to identify the driver concerned but I cannot see what else I can do.
Metropolitan Police write to me again saying that I have a legal responsibility to identify the , further action in this matter has been suspended for 14 days.
I do not know what I have to do with this,