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jmaths26 | 00:13 Wed 23rd May 2007 | Road rules
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hello there. Ihave recently passed my driving test. In fact it was this week. the day after my test a letter came through the post it was a court summons. It was for an offence that occured 4 months ago. I was court driving with no insurance. But i thought i would be insured based on the fact that i have a provisional and the person whom i was with was over 21 and insured fully comp. I did not realise that i had to have insurance too. i need this licence to earn a living is it gona be just one outcome and surely its unfair to prosecute me now with a full driving licence when the offence occured when i had a provisonal. being that technically now im on probation for two years,could someone tell me its not just gona be one outcome please. thank you. male from london

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Ignorance is no defence, I'm afraid, 6 to 8 points, and/or fine and/or ban. Atthough I'm not sure if you will have to retake the test under the 6 point rule as the offence occurred prior to the test. For future reference the driver must be insured, the insurance status of the accompanying driver is irrelevant.
So taking into account the information in the link above it's bye bye licence, re take test etc.
sorry scratch that, it will be ok as long as you get no further points during the 2 year period.
I take it you didn't read the copy of the highway code you bought which states, "You MUST have a valid insurance certificate covering you for third party liability. Before driving any vehicle, make sure that it has this cover for your use or that your own insurance gives you adequate cover. You MUST NOT drive a vehicle without insurance.
Law RTA 1988 sect 143"
(http://www.highwaycode.gov.uk/28.htm#3)

Hope this clarifies the matter. For further information buy a copy (it's the cost of a couple of litres of fuel) and ask a policeman.

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