Where an accident occurs on a road or public place in which either personal injury to someone other than the driver, or damage is caused to someone else's vehicle or to an animal the driver must provide his own name and address and those of the owner if so required.
If the driver does not give his name and address to any such person he must report the accident at a police station as soon as is reasonable practicable, and in any event within 24 hours.
The offences each carry between 5 and 10 penalty points meaning a conviction for a motorist who already has six points endorsed upon their licence may result in disqualification under the totting procedure.
In order to be guilty of the offence the accident has to be known to the driver. Phil Morris has regularly been instructed by professional drivers of buses or HGV's accused of this type of offence and often successfully defended cases where the issue of knowledge of the accident is at issue.
The Magistrates Court sentencing guidelines are available online. By clicking on the link below you will be directed away from this site to the appropriate guideline:
Fail to Stop or Report (revised 2017)