Drivers who do not report the details of who was behind the wheel at the time of a speeding offence will face a six-point penalty as part of new regulation.
Motorists will be punished more strictly than they have been in the past, with those who claimed to not remember who was driving particularly under threat. A report from a leading broad sheet newspaper stated that there were almost 3,500 convictions for such a crime in 2004, with fines and three-point deductions dished out.
In a recent poll nearly 4 million motorists admitted they would be prepared to ask a relative or friend to take speed camera points for them if they were facing a driving ban.
However, one road safety group has commented that the new law is unfair. Indeed, it may be that motorists have trouble picking up a cheaper car insurance policy in future if they have a motoring conviction.
"This change has absolutely nothing to do with road safety - it's just spiteful," said a spokesperson from Safe Speed.
He went on: "Vehicle owners have no obligation to 'name the driver' if they do not know who the driver was at the time of the alleged offence and cannot discover the identity of the driver using reasonable diligence.”