DVSA/Police Interview advice
You may have been requested to attend an interview with the DVSA over the telephone or by way of formal letter.
Although you may be tempted to attend unrepresented to save costs, anything you say during that interview will be recorded and can later be used, either at a Public Inquiry, or Court proceedings as evidence. The effect of what you say in those early days of the investigation process may have a substantial effect on your business.
Both our Principal Solicitor and Consultant at CE Transport Law were previously employed by the University of Swansea in order to assess candidates who wished to become accredited to work at the police station. Our solicitors have each acquired over 15 years of experience in representing clients during interview with various government agencies and the Police.
Our solicitors are advocates who have spent many years appearing at police stations and DVSA offices nationally in order to get the best result for our clients.
If you are concerned about the cost of involving a solicitor, call to get a quote first. The cost will often depend on the travelling time and the complexity. We can also arrange to conduct a telephone conference call for a limited fee so that you can take a advice in advance of the interview itself.
DVSA/Police Interview advice | Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I have to attend the interview?
It depends. It is important to establish the status of the request and whether you are attending as a volunteer or whether you will be arrested (police interview only).
All interviews should be conducted under caution, which explains your legal right to remain silent but the consequences of doing so if you decide to exercise that right.
In relation to Traffic Commissioners, there may be reputational consequences of failing to co-operate with an interview regarding your operator licence undertakings which may not apply if you are to be interviewed in relation to suspected criminal offences.
There are also other options to giving a ‘full and frank’ interview to include providing a written statement at the time or even preparing a statement with your solicitor that you can retain in the event you should need to rely on it at a later stage.
Q. What questions will they ask me?
Both the DVSA and the police will tell you in advance broadly what they are investigating. We may be able to secure further disclosure of the individual allegations/shortcomings in order to give you time to collate any relevant documentary evidence before the interview.
If this is not supplied in advance, ‘disclosure’ of the case under investigation will be provided before your interview and adequate time supplied so that you may take advice on how to proceed in light of the evidence.
Q. What will happen afterwards?
The DVSA can decide to:
take no further action
give you a warning
summons you to a hearing in the Magistrates Court
put the evidence before the Traffic Commissioner to determine whether to call you to a Public Inquiry
Q. When will I find out the result?
The officer may be persuaded to give you an indication on the day or may request time to consider the content of your interview before deciding how to proceed.
Although you would usually expect to find out within three months, some cases can take far longer to reach a conclusion.
Q. Do I need a solicitor?
As accredited police station representatives with over 10 years’ experience of representing suspects at the police station, we believe we can contribute to your case by giving you the confidence to make the right decision as to how the case should proceed.
As criminal solicitors first, we have handled cases from the most serious assaults to petty theft and serious fraud.