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Template: Speeding NIP Not Received In Time

By: Elizabeth Mugan BA/BSc, PGDipLaw, BVC, CIArb - Updated: 19 May 2017 |
 
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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I have received a N.I.P. On 10/05/17 informing me, that I've been caught speeding in my company issued vehicle (38 in a 30 limit) on 13/01/17 !!!!!!! This time period seems excessive and well after the 14 day limit, but as they would contact my company first, could I argue that this is still time barred ????
NeoDirewolf - 19-May-17 @ 11:28 PM
Meatball - Your Question:
I have just received a NIP saying I was caught on camera exceeding the 70mph doing 81mph. The date of the offence was the 11/03/17 and the dated the 08/05/17, I make that 57 days !!! Surely that slow even for the Welch Police?

Our Response:
If you have changed address or vehicle in the past few months, the police would have sent the NIP to the old address, new keeper etc so it can take longer to issue another one to the correct owner. The same applies if your vehicle is actually owned by your employer or a lease company. If you feel the 14 day rule genuinely applies follow our guide here
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-May-17 @ 1:55 PM
I have just received a NIP saying I was caught on camera exceeding the 70mph doing 81mph.The date of the offence was the 11/03/17 and the dated the 08/05/17, I make that 57 days !!! Surely that slow even for the Welch Police?
Meatball - 9-May-17 @ 3:26 PM
Roo- Your Question:
Hi I have letter to attend court in may for a speeding charge (which I am guilty) and failing to respond to NIP, I never received the NIP or reminder letter so pleaded not guilty to this charge. I have now received a letter to attend trial in May. Is there any advice you have or template letter I can use to settle out of court? Thanks

Our Response:
At this stage it will be difficult to prevent this going to court bearing in mind you have not responded to the initial NIP or the reminder.
NoPenaltyPoints - 22-Mar-17 @ 2:09 PM
Hi I have letter to attend court in may for a speeding charge (which I am guilty) and failing to respond to NIP, I never received the NIP or reminder letter so pleaded not guilty to this charge. I have now received a letter to attend trial in May. Is there any advice you have or template letter I can use to settle out of court? Thanks
Roo - 19-Mar-17 @ 8:49 PM
Stevie - Your Question:
I was caught speeding on the 9.12.16 via a mobile speed camera I made my company aware of it as it was a company van I was driving. I thought I had got away with it but then my work advised me that a letter came through asking for the information on the person driving the vehicle. This was dated the 27.1.17 am I correct thinking that this is invalid as it's past the 14day period even though I'm not the retested keeper of the vehicle? The company has owned the vehicle for over 3 years. Thanks stevie

Our Response:
The NIP should be delivered to the registered keeper within 14 days. If you're sure that the NIP sent to your employer was the out of time and was definitely the first one that was sent you can reject it. See our guide for more information
NoPenaltyPoints - 14-Mar-17 @ 10:02 AM
I was caught speeding on the 9.12.16 via a mobile speed camera I made my company aware of it as it was a company van I was driving. I thought I had got away with it but then my work advised me that a letter came through asking for the information on the person driving the vehicle. This was dated the 27.1.17 am I correct thinking that this is invalid as it's past the 14day period even though I'm not the retested keeper of the vehicle? The company has owned the vehicle for over 3 years. Thanks stevie
Stevie - 11-Mar-17 @ 8:05 AM
Hi, I'm a director of my own company and the registered office is at my accountants where this NIP was sent. I was driving on the motorway and I apparently exceeded a variable the speed limit of 50 by doing 60. The date of the offence was 02/02/2017. The date on the letter is 22/02/17 and the postmark on the envelope is 22/02/17. Do I have grounds to appeal due to this being over 14 days?
BK - 6-Mar-17 @ 5:11 PM
Luke - Your Question:
Hi,I was flashed on the 22/01/2017 and was sent an N.I.P which was dated 16/02/2017. I believe that is out of the 14 day period. What should I do?

Our Response:
Make sure there are no other factors that could affect this. These might be:
You are not the registered keeper (i.e it's a hire car or company car)
You have recently changed vehicle (DVLA records not yet updated)
You have recently changed address (DLVA records not yet updated)
If none of these apply, follow the steps in our guide here
NoPenaltyPoints - 22-Feb-17 @ 11:39 AM
Hi, I was flashed on the 22/01/2017 and was sent an N.I.P which was dated 16/02/2017. I believe that is out of the 14 day period. What should I do?
Luke - 19-Feb-17 @ 10:15 AM
Acwoo - Your Question:
Hi - I received a NIP in January for a speeding offence of going 80mph in a 70mph zone/dual carriageway. It happened in September, 4 months previously! I didn't realise there was a 14 day rule so I signed and returned the paperwork and subsequently sent off my license which has since come back. Is there anything I can do at this point to get my fine and points revoked?Thanks

Our Response:
No once you've returned all the information, you have left it too later to reject it.
NoPenaltyPoints - 14-Feb-17 @ 11:57 AM
Hi - I received a NIP in January for a speeding offence of going 80mph in a 70mph zone/dual carriageway.It happened in September, 4 months previously! I didn't realise there was a 14 day rule so I signed and returned the paperwork and subsequently sent off my license which has since come back. Is there anything I can do at this point to get my fine and points revoked? Thanks
Acwoo - 13-Feb-17 @ 7:51 AM
Mario - Your Question:
Dear LawyerOn 23-Jan 2017 I have received a reminding letter regarding to my speeding offence committed on 6-Dec 2016. Because I haven't received any initial NIP I rang them and told that I didn't receive any NIP. Two days later I have received A NIP dated 25-Jan 2017 which I responded to in writing asking them to drop of the case as it didn't meet the required 14 days rule. In respond to that I received the letter from the Police including information that the letter was sent to me on the 15-Dec 2016 and the penalty still will be enforced. Can you kindly advise me what to do in this situation. Should I paid the penalty or should I respond and refuse to pay it as I didn't receive the initial NIP?Your Sincerely Mario

Our Response:
We are not lawyers. If you want professional legal advice you should make an appointment to see one convenient for you. In our opinion, the police sent a new NIP to you on the basis that you said you hadn't received the first one. They will undoubtedly have a record that the first one was sent on time, so it's unlikely that you'll be successful if you try to pursue the 14 day rule. We suggest you just follow the recommended course of action on the NIP.
NoPenaltyPoints - 9-Feb-17 @ 10:05 AM
Dear Lawyer On 23-Jan 2017 I have received a reminding letter regarding to my speeding offence committed on 6-Dec 2016. Because I haven't received any initial NIP I rang them and told that I didn't receive any NIP. Two days later I have received A NIP dated 25-Jan 2017 which I responded to in writing asking them to drop of the case as it didn't meet the required 14 days rule. In respond to that I received the letter from the Police including information that the letter was sent to me on the 15-Dec 2016 and the penalty still will be enforced. Can you kindly advise me what to do in this situation. Should I paid the penalty or should I respond and refuse to pay it as I didn't receive the initial NIP? Your Sincerely Mario
Mario - 7-Feb-17 @ 12:40 PM
Powerful - Your Question:
HiI got an NIP for an offence dated 2/12/2016. The NIP Letter was dated 16/01/2017 and was received on 21/01/2017. It is obvious that this has passed the 14days cos the letter was dated 16th Jan 2017.Please do I have a chance here.?Thsnks

Our Response:
As long as you haven't changed vehicle or address recently and you are the registered keeper (i.e it's not a lease, company or hire car), the you may be able to use the 14 day rule. See our Guide
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-Jan-17 @ 2:01 PM
Hi I got an NIP for an offence dated 2/12/2016. The NIP Letter was dated 16/01/2017 and was received on 21/01/2017. It is obvious that this has passed the 14days cos the letter was dated 16th Jan 2017. Please do I have a chance here.? Thsnks
Powerful - 22-Jan-17 @ 12:10 PM
Hi I received a 'Requirement for Name and Address of Driver' following a police on a bicycle pointing out to me while 2 phones in my lap, and while I was on a single carriageway with no where to stop I carried on. I received this letter 28 days after the alleged offence and was wandering if this surpasses the usual 14day rule. Do I have grounds for this claim to be rejected.
N.G - 2-Jan-17 @ 7:56 PM
I was flashed on the motorway the other night; when I was about to go under the gantry the speed limit was dropped to 60. I think I was doing about 74, the camera's must of got about 10/15 cars. Is there any way to get out of this as it seems a bit unfair that they can drop the speed & get you at the same time.
Jason - 1-Dec-16 @ 6:22 PM
Bill - Your Question:
I was caught by a motorway camera (unfortunate, asI was aware of the 40mph limit but it caught me doing 46).I was in a hire car, and have only just received the NIP exactly a month later. Does the fact that they had to contact the hire company first negate the 14 day rule, or is it worth still trying to avoid the fine on the 14 day rule

Our Response:
Unfortunately for you, the former applies - the police will have attempted to contact the registered keeper (hire company) first, so the 14 day rule does not apply.
NoPenaltyPoints - 21-Nov-16 @ 10:45 AM
I was caught by a motorway camera (unfortunate, asI was aware of the 40mph limit but it caught me doing 46). I was in a hire car, and have only just received the NIP exactly a month later. Does the fact that they had to contact the hire company first negate the 14 day rule, or is it worth still trying to avoid the fine on the 14 day rule
Bill - 18-Nov-16 @ 11:27 AM
Cal - Your Question:
Hi,I received a speeding ticket last night from an offence in Hampshire on 26th Oct at 12:48pm, I live/work in Newcastle and have never been to Hampshire, I was at work all day with my car parked on a secure HMRC site. I can prove I was at work but I don't think the security cameras would have caught my car in shot. My car is a private reg and its unlikely the photo has been misread so I'm assuming there is someone driving about with the same plate on? I'm hoping for a common sense approach without the need for going to court? Any ideas/suggestions would be very helpful?Thanks

Our Response:
Have you received an NIP? This is usually to identify the driver...simply return the forms and say you were not the driver. If there is space for more information, you can add the details you've given above. It might also be worth calling into or ringing your local police station to say that you think someone else is using your number.
NoPenaltyPoints - 3-Nov-16 @ 12:44 PM
Hi, I received a speeding ticket last night from an offence in Hampshire on 26th Oct at 12:48pm, I live/work in Newcastle and have never been to Hampshire, I was at work all day with my car parked on a secure HMRC site. I can prove I was at work but I don't think the security cameras would have caught my car in shot. My car is a private reg and its unlikely the photo has been misread so I'm assuming there is someone driving about with the same plate on? I'm hoping for a common sense approach without the need for going to court? Any ideas/suggestions would be very helpful? Thanks
Cal - 3-Nov-16 @ 8:33 AM
i received a nip but the envelope had no date stamp on it. the letter inside was dated at the top though and that date is well over a month from when the offence took place. can i dispute my case still on the grounds of these dates on the nip letter being late
starkers1981 - 21-Oct-16 @ 6:58 PM
Green48 - Your Question:
Hi, I was done for speeding on the Monday 19th of September, I received the letter to say I was speeding on the Thursday 22nd of September and sent it off the following Tuesday. It's now the 4th of October and I'm worried they didn't get the letter I sent back saying it was me driving and my details. I sent it 1st class, was I suppose to send it via recored delivery or something? I hope not

Our Response:
There are no rules that give the method of posting you should use but it's always handy to get a proof of posting in this kind of situation. As you have however, try not to worry, it can take a few weeks for the police to get back to you with their decision. In fact if a court summons is likely the police have up to 6 months in which to initiate the action. To put your mind at rest, you could try calling to make sure they have received your completed form.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Oct-16 @ 10:05 AM
Hi, I was done for speeding on the Monday 19th of September, I received the letter to say I was speeding on the Thursday 22nd of September and sent it off the following Tuesday. It's now the 4th of October and I'm worried they didn't get the letter I sent back saying it was me driving and my details.. I sent it 1st class, was I suppose to send it via recored delivery or something? I hope not
Green48 - 4-Oct-16 @ 1:16 AM
JF2112 - Your Question:
Have received an NIP for doing 37 in a 30 which was issues well over the 14 days from offence date as offence was 13/8/16 and date letter was typed was 26/9/16 Would I get away with this on the 14 day rule? I already have 9 points on my licence so if f prosecuted could end up with a ban

Our Response:
If you haven't changed vehicle or address recently and you are the registered keeper then it might be worth a try here's our full guide.If it's company, lease or hire vehicle, it won't be applicable.
NoPenaltyPoints - 30-Sep-16 @ 10:46 AM
Have received an NIP for doing 37 in a 30 which was issues well over the 14 days from offence date as offence was 13/8/16 and date letter was typed was 26/9/16 Would i get away with this on the 14 day rule? I already have 9 points on my licence so if f prosecuted could end up with a ban
JF2112 - 29-Sep-16 @ 3:36 AM
I was flashed by a speed camera in South Yorkshire, allegedly travelling at 34 mph in a 30 mph speed limit. I returned the NIP admitting to being the driver and I've been offered a speed awareness course. As I live in the north of Scotland the nearest course is 265 miles from home. I'm not planning to be back in England until next year. I'm considering contesting the alleged offence in court due to the marginal offence and the distance involved in attending the educational course. What likelihood is there that I would actually be prosecuted for 34 in a 30 limit? The camera was outside a school but it was evening time during the school holidays.
Steve - 25-Aug-16 @ 10:28 AM
Caught speeding 17.7.16 - NIP issued 03.08.16, 17 days after offence. Can this be rejected?
Cj1 - 20-Aug-16 @ 9:11 PM
DIP - Your Question:
Hi drive for a lease company I think I was flashed on M1 approx 65 in 50 zone. How long have the police got to trace who was driving ?

Our Response:
The police will send the lease company (i.e the registered keeper), the NIP. The lease company then return this (they usually have up to 28 days in which to do so) - the police will then send the NIP to the driver (i.e you). This process could be quite lengthy.
NoPenaltyPoints - 11-Aug-16 @ 1:47 PM
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