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Fixed Penalty Notice

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 10 Feb 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Fixed Penalty Notice Fpn Endorseable

Originally introduced in the UK during the 1950s to act as a deterrent for minor parking infringements early Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued by traffic wardens and police officers. Although the issuing body has changed in many cases to local authorities, FPNs are still in use today under provisions outlined by the Road Traffic Act 1991.

There are three different types of Fixed Penalty Notice:

  • Endorseable
  • Non-endorseable
  • Conditional offer

Endorseable

An endorseable fixed penalty notice is one that sees the motorist involved getting Penalty Points. The FPN will be issued by a police officer directly to the offending driver at the time that the offence takes place. The driver will be expected to give up their driving licence so that it can be endorsed with the penalty points - this can be done at the roadside or at a police station nominated by the motorist, within 7 days of the date of the offence. The driver will also have to pay a £100 fine. Although offences in this category include crossing roads marked with double white lines and 'jumping' red traffic lights, the most common offence is speeding.

Non-endorseable

This is a ticket that won’t leave points on your licence – usually reserved for minor traffic offences such as parking somewhere you shouldn’t. They will usually carry a fine of around £30.

Conditional Offer

Conditional Offers are related to offences picked up and recorded by traffic cameras, usually speeding. Depending on the speed recorded it may be appropriate to make a conditional offer and if so, the registered keeper of the vehicle will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution through the post. Following receipt of this it is a legal requirement that the keeper provide information on who was driving the car at the time that the offence is alleged to have taken place. The conditional offer allows the offender to stop the chance of further action or prosecution by accepting blame and paying a £60 fine. They will also receive 3 penalty points on their licence. If the speed detected was above the set threshold for cases to be automatically referred to court, then a summons will be issued and a conditional offer will not be made.

Why Fixed Penalty Notices?

The idea is that once the motorist admits to the alleged offence they can simply pay the fine and accept the 3 penalty point endorsement on their licence rather than face prosecution.Motorists who have been asked to give up their license for endorsement, should be aware that if the licence is not surrendered as agreed within the 7 day period, then the notice procedure will be stopped and court proceedings will begin - starting with a court summons being issued.

What do I do if I don't Agree with the Charge?

If the motorist disputes the allegations on either legality or the facts surrounding the alleged offence then they are entitled to request a court hearing. There is a period of 28 days when the motorist is allowed to make this request and the 'how to' information can be found on the reverse of the notice when issued.

What Happens if I Don't Pay the Fine?

If the motorist doesn't pay up or ask for a court hearing within the 28 day period, the matter will, in most cases be referred to court. The fine will be increased by 50% and will become an endorseable fine. Other than a statutory declaration, there is no right of appeal once things reach this state and the court will chase you for payment.

Statutory Declaration

When a fine has been registered for an endorseable notice, the motorist is able to go to court and state on oath that:

  • they were not the person that the notice was issued to, or
  • that they lodged a request for a court hearing within the 28 days following the alleged offence
In the case of an non-endorsable notice:

  • that they had no knowledge of the FPN or the Notice to Owner until they received the document for registration of the fine.
  • that they did not own the vehicle at the time the offence was alleged to have taken place, or
  • that they lodged a request for a court hearing within the 28 days following the alleged offence
Should the motorist have any issue with the FPN, then they must follow the instructions on the back of the notice and keep the issuing body informed of what is happening at all times. Pretending it isn’t there won’t make it go away and the longer it is left, the worse the consequences will be.

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cris682007 - Your Question:
Hi,A Fixed Penalty Notice completed with a surname modified with a letter more(i'am talking about 1 letter more in the midle of my surname)it is valid ?Thank you

Our Response:
This sounds as though it would be dismissed as a typographical error unfortunately and not as a reason to reject the FPN.
NoPenaltyPoints - 12-Feb-18 @ 2:59 PM
Hi, A Fixed Penalty Notice completed with a surname modified with a letter more(i'am talking about 1 letter more in the midle of my surname)it is valid ? Thank you
cris682007 - 10-Feb-18 @ 12:00 PM
Adamo - Your Question:
I was issued an fpn for allegedly using my mobile. Van was driving in opposite direction to me. I actually had my wallet in my hands. My phone records will show phone was in locked mode and untouched. There is an error on the ticket that says time of offence 12:16 time ticket was issued 12:51. ALSO ticket doesn't tell me how to contest this. I did not have my phone in my hands. Is there anything I can do?

Our Response:
If you don't want to accept the Fixed Penalty, you must be prepared to appear in court. You will be asked for evidence to support your case and you can also request further evidence from the police at that stage. Even if you can prove that you were holding your wallet and not your phone, you may still need prove that you were not distracted from the purpose of driving your vehicle. It may be worth seeking professional legal advice.
NoPenaltyPoints - 29-Jan-18 @ 2:01 PM
I was stationary at traffic lights and mistook a green light meant for turning right which wasan ordinary traffic light and I went straight across not realising the arrows further on were red one was up high for large vehicles the other low both were on the other side of the junction. Half way across I was tootedfrom a vehicle from where I had left. Which alerted me that I had mistaken the light. What can I expect from this offence.
Millie - 28-Jan-18 @ 11:10 PM
I was issued an fpn for allegedly using my mobile. Van was driving in opposite direction to me. I actually had my wallet in my hands. My phone records will show phone was in locked mode and untouched. There is an error on the ticket that says time of offence 12:16 time ticket was issued 12:51. ALSO ticket doesn't tell me how to contest this. I did not have my phone in my hands. Is there anything I can do?
Adamo - 27-Jan-18 @ 10:58 AM
NoPenaltyPoints - Your Question:
Liam - Your Question:
I got a speeding fine. I paid the fine and sent my licence off for the points, got it back with a letter stamped to say they received it, thought nothing of it and it was done and dusted. I have now got a letter saying they never got my licence and I need to wait for summonds, only thing is I binned the letter saying that they had it, it was 4 month ago. Is they anyway of tracking they had it?
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Our Response:
Not that we know of.it's your word against theirs really. Check with DVLA to see whether they have been made aware of anything...someone must have seen the licence at least. It might be worth talking to a solicitor about your options.

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NoPenaltyPoints - 12-Jan-18 @ 3:17 PM
Liam - Your Question:
I got a speeding fine. I paid the fine and sent my licence off for the points, got it back with a letter stamped to say they received it, thought nothing of it and it was done and dusted. I have now got a letter saying they never got my licence and I need to wait for summonds, only thing is I binned the letter saying that they had it, it was 4 month ago. Is they anyway of tracking they had it?

Our Response:
Not that we know of...it's your word against theirs really. It might be worth talking to a solicitor about your options.
NoPenaltyPoints - 12-Jan-18 @ 3:16 PM
Igot a speeding fine. I paid the fine and sent my licence off for the points, got it back with a letter stamped to say they received it, thought nothing of it and it was done and dusted. I have now got a letter saying they never got my licence and I need to wait for summonds, only thing is I binned the letter saying that they had it, it was 4 month ago. Is they anyway of tracking they had it?
Liam - 10-Jan-18 @ 8:59 PM
Clarisse Alves - Your Question:
I got a speeding ticket and I agreed on paying 100£, I paid in August and they sent me and confirmation email. Now its January and I just received an email saying that my money has been refunded. Why is that? Am I in trouble? By the way I am not from the UK, I am from Brazil and currently back in Brazil. Would this have something to do with the refund?

Our Response:
If there was a problem with your driving licence etc, there may be a court summons. The best way to find out is to call and ask.
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-Jan-18 @ 9:43 AM
I got a speeding ticket and I agreed on paying 100£, I paid in August and they sent me and confirmation email. Now its January and I just received an email saying that my money has been refunded. Why is that? Am I in trouble? By the way I am not from the UK, I am from Brazil and currently back in Brazil. Would this have something to do with the refund?
Clarisse Alves - 7-Jan-18 @ 3:28 AM
I lost my liscence in mid/end Aug 2017. I got caught driving with no insurance driving a friends vehicle because they were under the influence. I was due to have passed my test two years 19th September. I recieved my a letter 7thSeptember but which I didnt respond too and I've heard nothing since its nown 5th Jan 2018 and I've heard nothing since. What should I do?
AKW315 - 5-Jan-18 @ 8:03 PM
Jayee - Your Question:
Hi,I got a fixed notice for driving with out insurance. I paid the fine with in 3 days of the notice and then 2 weeks later sent my licence off to the court for the points. The court confirmed verbally they had received my licence and it was being processed. Now they are stating my licence was never received and my fine payment was returned to me and I am getting texts stating I have not paid. Now the court is telling me to send them a Statutory Declaration of the FPN. I am so confused now I need help.I accepted the fine and the penalty notice and did what the officer told me to do and now still having this issue and worried I will have a warrent out for my arrest ETC.

Our Response:
Was the fine payment returned? Is there another offence involved such as an issue with your licence?
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Dec-17 @ 11:47 AM
Hi, I got a fixed notice for driving with out insurance. I paid the fine with in 3 days of the notice and then 2 weeks later sent my licence off to the court for the points. The court confirmed verbally they had received my licence and it was being processed. Now they are stating my licence was never received and my fine payment was returned to me and i am getting texts stating i have not paid. Now the court is telling me to send thema Statutory Declaration of the FPN. I am so confused now i need help. I accepted the fine and the penalty notice and did what the officer told me to do and now still having this issue and worried i will have a warrent out for my arrest ETC.
Jayee - 5-Dec-17 @ 2:15 PM
Andrew - Your Question:
I have a fixed penalty and tried to pay it online and over the phone with no success. After ringing and getting through to an PCSO I am informed that that ticket batch hasn't been processed yet so payment cannot be made. I have been told to try again in 1 week which puts me past the 28 days to pay. I was told nothing can be done about this. I took the officer badge number but don't see why I should pay an extra £50 because an officer hasn't got round to his administration duties yet. Any advice on what I can do?

Our Response:
Keep a note of all your phone calls and attempts to pay. If you're not given the chance to pay, or further action is taken it might be worth making a complaint.
NoPenaltyPoints - 1-Dec-17 @ 12:18 PM
I have a fixed penalty and tried to pay it online and over the phone with no success.After ringing and getting through to an PCSO I am informed that that ticket batch hasn't been processed yet so payment cannot be made. I have been told to try again in 1 week which puts me past the 28 days to pay. I was told nothing can be done about this. I took the officer badge number but don't see why I should pay an extra £50 because an officer hasn't got round to his administration duties yet. Any advice on what I can do?
Andrew - 29-Nov-17 @ 6:38 PM
I DROVE MY VAN AND STOPPED BY THE POLICE FOR CARRYING 1 PASSENGER IN THE BACK OF THE VAN AFTER 10 WEEKS THE POLICE SENT ME A LETTER FOR A CONDITIONAL OFFER OF FIXED PENALTY. THAT PAY £100 AND 3 PENALTY POINTS. IS THERE ANY WAY I DO NOT HAVE TO LOSE 3 PENALTY POINTS
none - 15-Nov-17 @ 2:00 PM
Win - Your Question:
I am 17 and passed my test 6 months ago. I was stopped 2 weeks ago and issued an FPN for no insurance. I was completely unaware I had no insurance I paid the down payment when setting up the policy in June but my dad ( who I don’t live with) was meant to be paying the direct debit monthly payments as I am 17 I am too young to set up a direct debit you have to be 18. He never told me he’d lapsed on the payments I would never of driven my car with no insurance however I’m now facing an FPN of 6 penalty points and £300 fine it’s not the fine that bothers me as much as the points as I’m in the first 2 years of passing my test I will have my license revoked for getting 6 points! Help!! Is there anything I can do?

Our Response:
Can you get a free half hour consultation with legal professional (motoring law)? If you assumed the payments were being made by someone else and hadn't received anything to the contrary from the insurer, you might be able to please mitigating circumstances. You'd have t o be prepared for the case to go to court.
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Nov-17 @ 12:28 PM
Iv just received 2 fixed penalties, first being £50 for head light being out, second being £100 for my rear number plate missing, I had the plate but needed to put it back on after it fell off being reversed into a wall. I don't dispute the offences but as a single mum I don't have £150 in my account to pay in one lump sum and they won't accept direct debit payments so it's going to have to go to court, but will I then be able to pay in instalments? Plus the cost will then go up in court, just seems very unfair.
JMA - 11-Nov-17 @ 6:36 PM
I am 17 and passed my test 6 months ago. I was stopped 2 weeks ago and issued an FPN for no insurance. I was completely unaware I had no insurance I paid the down payment when setting up the policy in June but my dad ( who I don’t live with) was meant to be paying the direct debit monthly payments as I am 17 I am too young to set up a direct debit you have to be 18. He never told me he’d lapsed on the payments I would never of driven my car with no insurance however I’m now facing an FPN of 6 penalty points and £300 fine it’s not the fine that bothers me as much as the points as I’m in the first 2 years of passing my test I will have my license revoked for getting 6 points! Help!! Is there anything I can do?
Win - 10-Nov-17 @ 10:05 PM
Jakew89 - Your Question:
Hi, I've just had £100 put into my account from him court services, no idea why the only thing I can think of is a fine I paid earlier this year for no MOT which I paid, but would they refund this looking online people say expect a court summon to follow? Any suggestions? Thank you

Our Response:
We have no idea why this would happen unless when you paid the fine but didn't subsequently submit your proof of MOT etc at the time? This would result in a court summons and your original fine being refunded. Best option is to contact the courts and ask them why the refund has been given.
NoPenaltyPoints - 8-Nov-17 @ 11:15 AM
Hello I was pulled September 24th and got charged with no insurance on a moped, I have correct license and everything. It’s a month and a half later and I’ve not been issued a fine yet and there are no points on my license as I’ve checked online?
Jxrzi - 7-Nov-17 @ 12:28 PM
Hi, I've just had £100 put into my account from him court services, no idea why the only thing I can think of is a fine I paid earlier this year for no MOT which I paid, but would they refund this looking online people say expect a court summon to follow? Any suggestions? Thank you
Jakew89 - 1-Nov-17 @ 9:52 PM
I had received a letter of conditional offer of a fixed penalty with 100 £ fine and 3 points or a court hearing for stop on a verge but I didn't been offered a national driver retraining course. How can I do for avoid get points and court. I'd rather retraining course instead.
Ozkar - 26-Oct-17 @ 10:27 PM
Whit12 - Your Question:
My daughter received FPN. She paid it online (£65) within a few days. I even texted her 5 days later to check and she said she’d paid it. Today she received in post notice saying she has not paid and now needs to pay £195. She could not believe it because she knows she already paid. She then checked her bank statement and the money has not come out. Where does she stand? Will she have to pay £195 or will they allow her to pay £65?

Our Response:
Does she have any proof of the online transaction other than that the money didn't transfer?
NoPenaltyPoints - 23-Oct-17 @ 1:55 PM
My daughter received FPN. She paid it online (£65) within a few days. I even texted her 5 days later to check and she said she’d paid it. Today she received in post notice saying she has not paid and now needs to pay £195. She could not believe it because she knows she already paid. She then checked her bank statement and the money has not come out. Where does she stand? Will she have to pay £195 or will they allow her to pay £65?
Whit12 - 19-Oct-17 @ 5:19 PM
MrsBags - Your Question:
Stopped for using mobile. Offence admitted to officer. Licence not surrendered (or requested). 3.5 months later - Conditional offer or fixed penalty (£200 - 6 points) received. If stopped by officer should the conditional offer have been issued then - or licence requested; rather than waiting for letter thru the post - which is usually used for cameras etc? Met response seems woolly

Our Response:
No, it's perfectly acceptable to send a conditional offer subsequently. The police have up to 6 months in which to initiate further action.
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-Oct-17 @ 3:03 PM
Kay - Your Question:
I was flashed this morning going through a light whilst it was orange. I did not have a chance to stop as the car behind me was so close and would have skidded in to me due to it raining. Never had a traffic offence before and a little worried about what is going to happen?

Our Response:
If you were captured running the light you may be sent a fixed penalty of £100 plus 3 penalty points. If you want to appeal you will have to be prepared to attend court. Being unable to stop because of a dangerous position is sometimes accepted in mitigation.
NoPenaltyPoints - 9-Oct-17 @ 3:33 PM
Stopped for using mobile. Offence admitted to officer.Licence not surrendered (or requested).3.5 months later - Conditional offer or fixed penalty (£200 - 6 points) received.If stopped by officer should the conditional offer have been issued then - or licence requested; rather than waiting for letter thru the post - which is usually used for cameras etc? Met response seems woolly
MrsBags - 9-Oct-17 @ 1:59 PM
I was flashed this morning going through a light whilst it was orange. I did not have a chance to stop as the car behind me was so close and would have skidded in to me due to it raining. Never had a traffic offence before and a little worried about what is going to happen?
Kay - 9-Oct-17 @ 8:28 AM
Do you still have to send in your drivers license following a speed camera fine/penalty, as there is no longer a paper endorsements section?
Guy - 6-Oct-17 @ 3:29 PM
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