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Fixed Penalty Notice

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 12 Sep 2017 | 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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Davey - Your Question:
I was a given a pink slip (Driving without Due Care) from a police officer after my accelerator stuck and had to pull around the car in front of me. They said they'd be in contact but it's been a month now. How long does it normally take for them to contact someone after an incident?

Our Response:
The police have up to 6 months after the offence in which to initiate further action.
NoPenaltyPoints - 12-Sep-17 @ 2:30 PM
I was a given a pink slip (Driving without Due Care) from a police officer after my accelerator stuck and had to pull around the car in front of me. They said they'd be in contact but it's been a month now. How long does it normally take for them to contact someone after an incident?
Davey - 11-Sep-17 @ 8:04 PM
Alana - Your Question:
Hi there I passed my test in the 23rd of august, I've been passed for a few weeks now. The week I passed my test , my best friend had took his own life , my son was starting primary school , I was starting college and my daughter was starting nursery and I had my best friends funeral. The day after I got told my head was a bit day dreamy , I went through was I believe was just amber. I never thought I had enough time as it literally JUST changed soon as I reached it. Apparently it changed to red soon as I went through and they have it on camera , they have offered me 3 points and a £100 fine. I'm extremely upset and I am a very good and careful driver , I have wrote them a letter etc but they still want to offer me that as the person said he doesn't deal with letters only the letters back to me. My dad wants me to take it to court to see if I can change there minds. I really don't want 3 points already , and I am extremely sorry and I have been so aware and more careful of lights. I don't know what to do ???

Our Response:
It's unlikely that taking it to court will change anything but you if you feel you want to, you should seek professional advice. £100 plus 3 points is the minimum penalty, so it's unlikely you can get it reduced.
NoPenaltyPoints - 8-Sep-17 @ 12:25 PM
I recently received a fixed penalty notice for speeding on the motorway ... it states the speed and date etc but also in bold says on the M1 southbound..... i was not on the M1 southbound at this time i was actually notthbound do i have a case for getting off on a technicality ?
Steady - 7-Sep-17 @ 4:41 PM
Hi there I passed my test in the 23rd of august, I've been passed for a few weeks now . The week I passed my test , my best friend had took his own life , my son was starting primary school , I was starting college and my daughter was starting nursery and I had my best friends funeral . The day after I got told my head was a bit day dreamy , I went through was I believe was just amber . I never thought I had enough time as it literally JUST changed soon as I reached it . Apparently it changed to red soon as I went through and they have it on camera , they have offered me 3 points and a £100 fine . I'm extremely upset and I am a very good and careful driver , I have wrote them a letter etc but they still want to offer me that as the person said he doesn't deal with letters only the letters back to me . My dad wants me to take it to court to see if I can change there minds . I really don't want 3 points already , and I am extremely sorry and I have been so aware and more careful of lights . I don't know what to do ???
Alana - 7-Sep-17 @ 2:26 PM
I got speeding fines going on a course for 1 payd the 100 pound fine for the Other the dvla as sent me the 100 pound back y
Dek - 30-Aug-17 @ 11:26 AM
K - Your Question:
I received a letter stating I had been caught on camera speeding at 57mph on motorway when reduced to 40mph. The letter just asked me to confirm I was driving. It didn't ask me to send my licence, ask me to pay a fine, or issue points or offer speed awareness course. I returned letter though confirming me. It's now 5 weeks later since I replied and I haven't a thing. Is this usual? What do I do?

Our Response:
The first letter you received was an NIP (notice of intention to prosecute) - this is just to indentify you as the driver. The follow up decision might be a fixed penalty or a court summons and the police actually have up to 6 months in which to proceed.
NoPenaltyPoints - 15-Aug-17 @ 11:56 AM
I received a letter stating I had been caught on camera speeding at 57mph on motorway when reduced to 40mph. The letter just asked me to confirm I was driving. It didn't ask me to send my licence, ask me to pay a fine, or issue points or offer speed awareness course. I returned letter though confirming me. It's now 5 weeks later since I replied and I haven't a thing. Is this usual? What do I do?
K - 13-Aug-17 @ 12:15 AM
aziz - Your Question:
I received a letter from the historic debt team yesterday informing me that in February of 2004 I received a fixed penalty for not displaying a tax disc on a vehicle.The letter states I have to pay £90 within next two weeks or further action will be taken against me.I do not remember the fixed penalty perhaps tax disc fell off while the car was parked. It has been 13 years since the supposed offence I am thinking of going to my local magistrates court and putting in a fixed penalty statutory declaration.Any advice please

Our Response:
It's worth trying if you didn't know anything about the Fixed Penalty at the time.
NoPenaltyPoints - 28-Jun-17 @ 1:57 PM
I received a letter from the historic debt team yesterday informing me that in February of 2004 I received a fixed penalty for not displaying a tax disc on a vehicle. The letter states I have to pay £90 within next two weeks or further action will be taken against me. I do not remember the fixed penalty perhaps tax disc fell off while the car was parked. It has been 13 years since the supposed offence I am thinking of going to my local magistrates court and putting in a fixed penalty statutory declaration. Any advice please
aziz - 27-Jun-17 @ 12:20 PM
Hi.I received a speeding fine back in 2016, accepted fault/points and paid the fine.However, forgot to send in my licence.Never received any reminder letters. Received an email regarding a refund a couple of weeks ago but ignored it as it looked dodgy.Now the £100 is back in my account.Having looked at various forums, I am worried I may now be taken to court.Additionally, I recently moved house so only received a new licence a month ago - surely it should have been updated then?Am I looking at more points or money?
Y10 - 29-May-17 @ 10:51 PM
Ive just been issued a conditional offer of fixed penalty for £100 and 3points. I was driving 57 in a 40 - a road that is usually a 60 I might add. I was in the wrong I know but is it possible to appeal? My job is based on having a clean license and I was on way to hospital as my 18month son had been admitted to hdu.
Ranne - 14-Apr-17 @ 11:25 AM
Hi there, I was pulled over for using a handheld device while driving a motor vehicle on 31/1/17, for which the officer told me I'd receive 3 points and £100 fine. I then heard nothing for 9 weeks thinking maybe I've got away with it.... then this morning the conditional offer drops on my doorstep. What I did was wrong and I accept the consequences. I just wondered if there's a time limit in which they have issue the conditional offer after the offence???? Many thanks Michael
Michael2017 - 6-Apr-17 @ 1:04 PM
I need advice, there was s mixup with my insurance and I was given a conditional offer of fixed penalty £300 fine and 6 points I accepted this from the police officers I have had pink copy, the problem is that iv been driving for under 2 years so my license will be revoked back to learner status so re sit test, since the incident iv read that if I went to court I might be given slightly less points to keep me under the 6 points a short term ban for like 4 weeks and a big fine which would be much better for me as I'm a field sales rep and need my license for work but I could get away with being office based for a month or so but it could take much longer to get both theory and practical tests booked with the long waiting lists
Lisamc1888 - 2-Apr-17 @ 10:53 PM
Ghc - Your Question:
Was caught on camera in December doing 38 in a 30 the original notification was sent to my mum as she is registered keeper she filled in details identifying that I was the driver. That was in December have just received a letter a final letter with regards payment of the fine. I have had nothing prior to this letter and this letter was dated 15th Feb but just received it so the 28 days have passed I have not been offered the speed awareness option. I am leaving for Europe on Saturday what is the best way to resolve this I accept I was the driver and speeding

Our Response:
Just pay the fine?
NoPenaltyPoints - 31-Mar-17 @ 10:10 AM
Was caught on camera in December doing 38 in a 30 the original notification was sent to my mum as she is registered keeper she filled in details identifying that I was the driver. That was in December have just received a letter a final letter with regards payment of the fine. I have had nothing prior to this letter and this letter was dated 15th Feb but just received it so the 28 days have passed I have not been offered the speed awareness option. I am leaving for Europe on Saturday what is the best way to resolve this I accept I was the driver and speeding
Ghc - 29-Mar-17 @ 10:51 PM
Sento - Your Question:
Hi I have received a conditional offer of fixed penalty points 6 and a £300 fine my worry is I have only been driving for 1 year and 2 months so if I sent my license will they provoke it or they won't?

Our Response:
Under the New Drivers Act your licence will be revoked if you reach 6 penalty points within the first two years of passing your test. Here is more information
NoPenaltyPoints - 28-Mar-17 @ 10:27 AM
Hi I have received a conditional offer of fixed penalty points 6 and a £300 fine my worry is I have only been driving for 1 year and 2 months so if I sent my license will they provoke it or they won't?
Sento - 26-Mar-17 @ 11:17 AM
Hi I did speed 39 on 30 is iam qualify for speed awareness course it is my first time never have a camera speed since I have a licence could tell me thanks
Sabah - 23-Mar-17 @ 10:29 AM
FADI K- Your Question:
Hi guys. i received an offer of fixed penalty notice. 2 letter in the same day however I didn't notice that both letter have different REF Numbers on them so I took on of them and paid the £100 fine for no MOT immediately. the second one have gone to court for not paying and now bailiffs knocked on my door and took £577 saying that I haven't paid the fine for the penalty. that was back in june. i looked for those papers to notice that they had different reference numbers on them & obviously the one I didn't pay proceeded to court even tho both papers are for the same offence because the date and time are exactly the same and even the road name. how can I know get my money back? thank you

Our Response:
Did you not get a court summons? You could have presented this information at court. Are both NIPs definitely referring to the same offence? If so, you will have to resort to the courts yourself in order to claim it back.
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Feb-17 @ 10:48 AM
Hi- is there a time limit the police have to issue with you with a prosecution notice by post after you have signed a fixed penalty at the roadside? I have been waiting 2 weeks and have received nothing so far. No payment or anything made at the roadside. Thanks
Matt J - 10-Feb-17 @ 12:47 PM
hi guys. i received an offer of fixed penalty notice. 2 letter in the same day however i didn't notice that both letter have different REF Numbers on them so i took on of them and paid the £100 fine for no MOT immediately. the second one have gone to court for not paying and now bailiffs knocked on my door and took £577 saying that i haven't paid the fine for the penalty. that was back in june. i looked for those papers to notice that they had different reference numbers on them & obviously the one i didn't pay proceeded to court even tho both papers are for the same offence because the date and time are exactly the same and even the road name. how can i know get my money back? thank you
FADI K - 10-Feb-17 @ 12:21 AM
jpoflondon - Your Question:
I had a conditional offer of a fixed penalty that I paid last october doing 35 in a 30 limit that I paid. now I have a notice of intended prosecution that acknowledges my payment but was sent because I forgot to send in driving licence counterpart for endorsement ( and maybe driving licence). it seems harsh. I cant find original docs as I thought I had dealt with everything. CAn I appeal/explain this to someone? Also I havent been well working part time and seeing lots of doctors- is that a defence?thanks jon

Our Response:
If the documents are all valid, can you not simply obtain replacements and submit them?
NoPenaltyPoints - 9-Feb-17 @ 11:57 AM
I had a conditional offer of a fixed penalty that i paid last october doing 35 in a 30 limit that i paid. now i have a notice of intended prosecution that acknowledges my payment but was sent because i forgot to send in driving licence counterpart for endorsement ( and maybe driving licence) . it seems harsh. i cant find original docs as i thought i had dealt with everything. CAn i appeal/explain this to someone? Also i havent been well working part time and seeing lots of doctors- is that a defence? thanks jon
jpoflondon - 7-Feb-17 @ 8:26 PM
I got a speeding ticket on April 7th last year (1st ever), doing 56 on a 50 temporary zone on a motorway. I filled out the NIP and returned it and filled out the FPN requesting the speed awareness course. I heard nothing from May last year until today, when I received a further steps notice claiming I owe the enforcement unit £327. I've had no correspondence since I returned the FPN. There were no instructions sent with either the NIP or FPN barring where to return it to. Should I challenge the £327?
Shed7 - 25-Jan-17 @ 9:14 PM
Hello I received my first ever speeding fine in Sept2016 . I felt that it was unfair(a confusing junction where speed changes without clear signage) so I asked them for evidence, however that never came despite the officer on the phone telling me it would be sent the next day. When it got close to the deadline I decided for to pay it as it was too stressful. I also was supposed to send in my licence as i got 3 points on it but i did notsend it in time. Since then I've been out of the country and just returned and have heard nothing at all. My question is, is it now too late, will i get into trouble for not sending in my license at some point, what would that entail? what should I do?
Afi - 25-Jan-17 @ 6:27 PM
fox - Your Question:
When they say "that this conditional offer is only for 28 days from the date on this letter"does it mean 28 working days(not including weekends and bank holidays)

Our Response:
No it includes weekend days etc
NoPenaltyPoints - 20-Jan-17 @ 2:32 PM
when they say "that this conditional offer is only for 28 days from the date on this letter" does it mean 28 working days(not including weekends and bank holidays)
fox - 19-Jan-17 @ 2:55 PM
I was driving down for work, and was pulled by police for no insurance, as far as I was concearned I had insurance, apparently I'd missed a payment 1 and they'd sent me a letter out but because I'm away for 6 weeks at a time I never got the letter, I have written to the courts explaining but haven't heard anything yet, if the court turn down my appeal what should I expect, will I have to appear in court or will I get a ban ? Or be fined and points ?
Blondie - 30-Dec-16 @ 12:00 PM
Hi i been caught going through a red light and doing 45 in a 30 zone on a provisernal liciences would you have a ruff idea what the outcome is
Skywalker1 - 18-Dec-16 @ 11:57 PM
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