Zerocool has quoted the correct legislation, yes on that we agree! but he's taken it out of context and, as a result, misinterpreted the meaning. It eems you've either taken his word for it (without researching it yourself) or you've made the same mistake.
Originally Posted by Abb
If a person required under the preceding provisions of this section to produce a licence [F26and its counterpart] or state his date of birth [F27or to produce his certificate of completion of a training course for motor cyclists]. . . fails to do so he is, subject to subsections (7) [F28to (8A)] below, guilty of an offence.
Subsection (6) above does not apply where a person required on any occasion under the preceding provisions of this section to produce a licence
If you read it in its correct context, you'll see that Subsection (7) nullifies Subsection (6) if you produce within the alloted 7 day grace period! Meaning no offence has been committed.
within seven days after that occasion, produces such a receipt in person at a police station that was specified by him on that occasion and, if required to do so, produces the licence [F32and its counterpart] in person immediately on [F33their] return at that police station.
...IF... Subsection 7 is in effect. It's not a defence, it's an Entitlement!
Subsection (6) above does not apply
The law is an ass because they've written much of it backwards. me Lud.