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Template: Speeding NIP Not Received In Time

By: Elizabeth Mugan BA/BSc, PGDipLaw, BVC, CIArb - Updated: 29 May 2018 |
 
Template: Speeding Nip Not Received In Time

This letter template can be used as a guide to send to the police force to say that you received the Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) too late.

The date of the offence will be published on the NIP, as this is required to prosecute you. Make sure you check the dates carefully. Hopefully, this template will help you to dispute the speeding ticket if it is received outside the 14 days. If not, and you receive a Fixed Penalty Notice from the police then you should plead "Not Guilty".

See our full guide on disputing an NIP that did not arrive in 14 days for more information.

When sending the letters, you must fill in the missing details, which are in square brackets such as "[INSERT]". You should use the address which is stated on the Notice of Intended Prosecution or the Summons (whichever is applicable). You may find some text in square brackets with "/" in between. Where this is the case, you must choose which option is applicable to you. You should fill in all dates where applicable and sign off your name at the bottom.

Only send copies of any enclosures to the police to ensure you still have the original evidence in case you end up in court. Always send letters by recorded delivery.

Template to send to the police/CPS if you were issued with a NIP after 14 days

[INSERT NAME]
[INSERT ADDRESS]

[INSERT DATE]

Dear [Officer in Charge / Prosecutor in Charge],

[Notice of Intended Prosecution / Summons] [INSERT REFERENCE NUMBER]

I write to acknowledge receipt of your [Notice of Intended Prosecution / Summons ] (above-referenced) dated [INSERT DATE] and received on [INSERT DATE].

I reject the NIP on the grounds that it was sent to me after the 14 day period required to issue a NIP by law. You will be aware that the 14 day period begins from the day after the alleged offence. I received a NIP on [INSERT DATE] and according to the NIP, the date of the offence was [INSERT]. Please find enclosed a copy of the NIP enclosed, with the date that the alleged offence took place highlighted.

Please also find enclosed a copy of the envelope, which details the postmark. This demonstrates that the date the NIP was sent was too late to reach me within the required 14 day period.

It is clear from the above that the NIP arrived too late and therefore, is invalid. In light of this, I respectfully request that you drop the case against me.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Yours faithfully,

[SIGN NAME]

[INSERT NAME]

* Please note: This template is merely a guide to help you to dispute a speeding ticket. It is not guaranteed to discharge your liability. Hopefully, this will result in the police/CPS dropping the case against you, but this is not guaranteed. You should seek advice from a legally qualified specialist, should you need specific advice in relation to your case.

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alexr - Your Question:
Hi,I have recieved an offer of a speed awareness course letter dated 17/05/2018. The offence in question was on 05/04/2018, I was caught doing 59mph in a 60 zone however I was in a works company van and as I now understand should have been doing 50mph. The initial letter which my company recieved in order to get my details to then send me a letter was dated 21/04/2018. As this is outside of the 14 days can I still appeal? Failing that can I ask they send proof of calibration for the mobile camera unit or are there any other ways to dispute this?Many thanks in advanceAlex

Our Response:
Do you mean you have received an NIP? No, you can't really challenge this under the 14 day rule as you are not the registered keeper of the vehicle. If you want to challenge the calibration of the camera you will need to be willing to attend court and to be able to argue any techical details posed to you. Do you have a reason to believe the camera was not calibrated correctly? We don't know of any other reasons you could dispute your speeding penalty.
NoPenaltyPoints - 29-May-18 @ 3:25 PM
Hi, I have recieved an offer of a speed awareness course letter dated 17/05/2018. The offence in question was on 05/04/2018, i was caught doing 59mph in a 60 zone however i was in a works company van and as i now understand should have been doing 50mph. The initial letter which my company recieved in order to get my details to then send me a letter was dated 21/04/2018. As this is outside of the 14 days can i still appeal? Failing that can I ask they send proof of calibration for the mobile camera unit or are there any other ways to dispute this? Many thanks in advance Alex
alexr - 29-May-18 @ 6:34 AM
Hi, received the NIP today (24/05) letter dated 23/05 relating to an offence of 35 mph in a 30 in North Wales on the 05/05 at 19:45. I count 18-19 days. No address issues or postal strikes. Should I send the template letter?
Tomo - 24-May-18 @ 7:25 PM
DebbieG - Your Question:
On Thursday 26/04/2018, at 14-20 pm (ish) my car was flashed by a speed camera traveling at 37 in a 30 MPH speed limit. I received the NIP, which I completed to inform them I was a passenger in the car, and it was in fact my husband driving, and he fully admits this. The NIP arrived on the 02/05/2018, but as yet my husband has not heard anything about the speeding incident. It is now 15 days since the incident happened, but where do we stand on the 14 day ruling if nothing else happens in the next 5 days? Any information or advice would be gratefully appreciated.

Our Response:
We have already answered your question here
NoPenaltyPoints - 15-May-18 @ 12:06 PM
On Thursday 26/04/2018, at 14-20 pm (ish) my car was flashed by a speed camera traveling at 37 in a 30 MPH speed limit. I received the NIP, which I completed to inform them I was apassenger in the car, and it was in fact my husband driving, and he fully admits this. The NIP arrived on the 02/05/2018, but as yet my husband has not heard anything about the speeding incident. It is now 15 days since the incident happened, but where do we stand on the 14 day ruling if nothing else happens in the next 5 days? Any information or advice would be gratefully appreciated.
DebbieG - 11-May-18 @ 3:06 PM
Flo62 - Your Question:
Received NIP today 09/05/18 dated 05/05/18 for speeding (36 in a 30) on 27/02/18 is it worth pursuing 14 day rule ???

Our Response:
If you are the registered keeper (i.e if it's not a company car or lease car etc) and you have not changed address or vehicle recently, then you may be able to use the 14 day rule. Check our guide here
NoPenaltyPoints - 11-May-18 @ 12:45 PM
Received NIP today 09/05/18 dated 05/05/18 for speeding (36 in a 30) on 27/02/18 is it worth pursuing 14 day rule ???
Flo62 - 9-May-18 @ 10:11 PM
Hi, I received NIP for speeding on the motorway on 60 variable speed limit. The date of the offence 03/04/2018 and I received the letter today which is 04/05/2018. I'm assuming I'm able to contest. I've had the car over a year in a 4 year lease. I've not change my address during that time and I'm the registered keeper of the vehicle. My question is whom should I send the letter rejecting the NIP
Mon786 - 4-May-18 @ 5:27 PM
Hi guys, I would very much appreciate some further advice regarding the 14 day appeal. For context: Offense date: 19/03/2018 Notice Issue date: 24/04/2018 Variable speed limit (on a motorway) Limit was 40 recorded speed 54. I understand that this NIP is served well out of 14 days so I can send the rejection letter above. I am worried though about the next step, if the police don't accept this and drop the charge. Can they take me straight to court? Can they increase the fine or points? Do I still have the opportunity to pay fixed penalty £100 and accept 3 points? Would really appreciate some feedback on this, been searching but couldn't find the answer anywhere so apologies if this has already been covered. Thanks,
john - 25-Apr-18 @ 7:44 PM
Hi i was pull over by police on 7/02/2018 for overspending buth i get letter today 22/03/2018 it’s have chances to disput that penalty i not change my address for last 6 year and the car is on my name and is registered on my adress before 9 mouth ???Thank you!
Stan - 22-Mar-18 @ 1:55 PM
tbro12 - Your Question:
Hi,I would really appreciate your help. I have just received a NIP for an offence that happened on the 22/02/18. The notice issue date was 13/02/18 and the NIP was received by post the following day. Can I appeal it as the NIP was received after 14 days?Are there any reasons that this appeal may be rejected, due to the recent bad weather for example?Many thanks, Tony

Our Response:
Please see the response to @Ross87 here - his question is virtually identical
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-Mar-18 @ 12:40 PM
Apologies, the notice issue date is the 13/03/18, not 13/02/18 as stated in my previous comments. Kind regards, Tony
tbro12 - 15-Mar-18 @ 9:50 AM
Hi, I would really appreciate your help. I have just received a NIP for an offence that happened on the 22/02/18. The notice issue date was 13/02/18 and the NIP was received by post the following day. Can I appeal it as the NIP was received after 14 days? Are there any reasons that this appeal may be rejected, due to the recent bad weather for example? Many thanks, Tony
tbro12 - 15-Mar-18 @ 9:23 AM
Hi, further to my previous question and your response, I did change address 4 weeks before the offence took place, however made sure my license and insurance were updated straight away. If this has caused the delay in getting the NIP to me, does this decrease the chance of my dispute being upheld? thanks,
Faz - 7-Mar-18 @ 3:25 PM
T - Your Question:
Hi I received a NIP to my company that date of the offence was the 2nd feb and was received at my firm on the 28th ?Is it worth contesting it

Our Response:
Did the company complete the form and return it? If so, you can't contest it.
NoPenaltyPoints - 7-Mar-18 @ 2:55 PM
Faz - Your Question:
Hi,I received an NIP today dated 01/03/2018 stating the offence took place on 29/01/2018. Is it worth disputing this under the time barring rules?Thanks

Our Response:
Unless you recently changed vehicle, or home address and DVLA records have not yet been updated or you not the registered keeper of the vehicle (as in a company car or a lease car) then you might be able to use the 14 day rule. Please read our guide here for more information
NoPenaltyPoints - 7-Mar-18 @ 2:39 PM
Hi I received a NIP to my company that date of the offence was the 2nd feb and was received at my firm on the 28th ? Is it worth contesting it
T - 6-Mar-18 @ 8:06 PM
Hi, I received an NIP today dated 01/03/2018 stating the offence took place on 29/01/2018. Is it worth disputing this under the time barring rules? Thanks
Faz - 6-Mar-18 @ 6:23 PM
My company received a NIP on the 29/12/17 for an offence on the 7/11/17 they passed my details on and I received the NIP on the 17/01 with the wrong name and then again on 07/02 with the corrected details, do I have the right to appeal based on the notification period ? Kind regards Neale
/n./a./ - 21-Feb-18 @ 3:17 PM
Challenger - Your Question:
Our Response:You didn't originally state that you were stopped at the time of the offence.you don't receive an NIP if you are stopped at the time and the 14 day rules does not apply. It sounds like you've had a fixed penalty of a fine plus points. Not seeing the signs is not a valid reason to appeal.NoPenaltyPoints - 2-Feb-18 @ 11:22 AMNo, the officer said they would notify me IF they decided to prosecute and said I would probably be summoned to court and would have a chance to challenge the decision.I got none of those. It says "the court has ordered" on it, no fixed or FPN on any letter.

Our Response:
It looks like you didn't receive the court summons then. As long as the courts can prove it was sent, there isn't much you can do about this.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Feb-18 @ 3:29 PM
Our Response: You didn't originally state that you were stopped at the time of the offence....you don't receive an NIP if you are stopped at the time and the 14 day rules does not apply. It sounds like you've had a fixed penalty of a fine plus points. Not seeing the signs is not a valid reason to appeal. NoPenaltyPoints - 2-Feb-18 @ 11:22 AM No, the officer said they would notify me IF they decided to prosecute and said I would probably be summoned to court and would have a chance to challenge the decision. I got none of those.It says "the court has ordered" on it, no fixed or FPN on any letter.
Challenger - 3-Feb-18 @ 10:46 AM
Challenger - Your Question:
Our Response:Did you receive the court summons before it went to court? Sorry it's not clear from your question.NoPenaltyPoints - 31-Jan-18 @ 12:17 PMNo Summons at all. Only 'Notice of endorsement of driving record' and 'Notice of fine and collection order'. The order says I should pay on or before 30/01/2018, but I only got both letters on this Saturday, 27/01/2018. I was stopped doing around 40 in a 30 zone I think. The road was a connecting dual carriageway from a 50 limit. I explained that I did not see the signs and was told their is one on each side of the road where the roundabout connects the two roads. I just recently moved to the area at the time so I was unaware of the signs and was stopped about 1/4 of a mile past them. Think it was April/June last 2017. They used a speed gun and told me the court will decide whether or not they will prosecute, or may decide to take no further action.

Our Response:
You didn't originally state that you were stopped at the time of the offence....you don't receive an NIP if you are stopped at the time and the 14 day rules does not apply. It sounds like you've had a fixed penalty of a fine plus points. Not seeing the signs is not a valid reason to appeal.
NoPenaltyPoints - 2-Feb-18 @ 11:22 AM
Our Response: Did you receive the court summons before it went to court? Sorry it's not clear from your question. NoPenaltyPoints - 31-Jan-18 @ 12:17 PM No Summons at all. Only 'Notice of endorsement of driving record' and 'Notice of fine and collection order'. The order says I should pay on or before 30/01/2018, but I only got both letters on this Saturday, 27/01/2018. I was stopped doing around 40 in a 30 zone I think.The road was a connecting dual carriageway from a 50 limit.I explained that I did not see the signs and was told their is one on each side of the road where the roundabout connects the two roads.I just recently moved to the area at the time so I was unaware of the signs and was stopped about 1/4 of a mile past them. Think it was April/June last 2017.They used a speed gun and told me the court will decide whether or not they will prosecute, or may decide to take no further action.
Challenger - 31-Jan-18 @ 4:04 PM
Challenger - Your Question:
I did not receive NIP at all! Only two letters, both from court. One about a fine and the other saying points will be added to my license. I received these on Saturday gone, but the offence was months ago. Is there a template for this or what can I send?

Our Response:
Did you receive the court summons before it went to court? Sorry it's not clear from your question.
NoPenaltyPoints - 31-Jan-18 @ 12:17 PM
Al - Your Question:
Further to your resposse to Tuz above I'm in the same predicament. The vehicle I was driving is a company one but leased from a rental firm. If they have not received the NIP in the 14 days does that mean I am still liable for prosecution?

Our Response:
If yourcompany is not the registered keeper either then the 14 day rule will not apply.
NoPenaltyPoints - 31-Jan-18 @ 11:48 AM
I did not receive NIP at all! Only two letters, both from court.One about a fine and the other saying points will be added to my license.I received these on Saturday gone, but the offence was months ago.Is there a template for this or what can I send?
Challenger - 30-Jan-18 @ 12:14 PM
Further to your resposse to Tuz above I'm in the same predicament. The vehicle I was driving is a company one but leased from a rental firm. If they have not received the NIP in the 14 days does that mean I am still liable for prosecution?
Al - 30-Jan-18 @ 7:24 AM
Bobski - Your Question:
I was caught doing 81 mph on the motorway in my company car back in September 2017, the ticket arrived at our company HQ oon the 26th Of January 2018. What are my rights?

Our Response:
Was the NIP received by the company, the first one that had been issued? If so, the company may be able to reject it. SeeSe our guide for more information.
NoPenaltyPoints - 29-Jan-18 @ 11:06 AM
I was caught doing 81 mph on the motorway in my company car back in September 2017, the ticket arrived at our company HQ oon the 26th Of January 2018. What are my rights?
Bobski - 26-Jan-18 @ 10:09 AM
Hi, I intend to challenge/ reject a NIP on the basis it was issued 2-3 months after the date of offense, i am the registered keeper and no addres change in last 1 year. Should i still sign the form and provide the information requested side by side the rejection letter which i intend to send. Thanks
Shub - 25-Jan-18 @ 7:40 AM
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