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Template: Speeding NIP Not Received In Time

By: Elizabeth Mugan BA/BSc, PGDipLaw, BVC, CIArb - Updated: 19 Oct 2021 |
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



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,



* 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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Hello, I got stung by a speed camera on the 18th of September in a company van. The NIP that was sent to said company was issued on the 6th of October. So quite a bit over the 14 days. Is this still null and void when it's a company vehicle so long as the NIP to the company itself was issued too late??
Boo - 19-Oct-21 @ 7:51 PM
Hi I received a NIP today (14/01/21) dated 11/01/21 but the alleged offence was on 14/12/2020 so WELL over the 14 day mark. Do I right a letter directly to the police WITHOUT sending off the section 172?Thank you
Lc475899 - 14-Jan-21 @ 10:13 PM
I've just received an email from my car hire company that I have been issued with a speeding fine. On opening the email the offence took place on the 1/11/20 . But the NIP letter dated to the hire company was 18/11/20. Does this fall out side the 14 day notification window as timed barred.
Ian - 25-Nov-20 @ 9:45 AM
Hello All.Can somebody help me please!I have received NIP issues 03.11.2020 but the offence took place 07.10.2020.My fiancée was driving at that time on my vehicle .He is on my insurance.Do I stand a chance for NIP to be cancelled as it is over 14 days period?What steps should I take .Many Thanks in advance .
Domi - 6-Nov-20 @ 7:57 AM
I received a final reminder from Staffordshire police today (19/10/20) which is dated 15/10/20 for a speeding offence on 19/09/20 at 7am but did not receive any other notifications prior to this. Where do I stand on this?
Grant Shaw - 19-Oct-20 @ 4:30 PM
Hi, I haven’t received this fine or letter through the post in the last 14 days, what do I do as i need to send off my licence and i am struggling to do so without knowing any info on my offence, will the offence be revoked if i don’t receive the letter, do i receive the points if I haven’t received the letter/fine, how do i pay it if I haven’t received it.
Sean - 7-Oct-20 @ 12:39 PM
Hi, I’ve received a speeding ticket dated the 10th of July but received this the following week on the 18th of July which I posted on the same day. This was then received by the ticketing office on the 23/07. I have now again received a final request for driver information dated 27/08 as they state they haven’t received my letter which I have proof of postage/delivery for. Is this grounds for an appeal? And if so how do I do this? Thanks
missy - 1-Sep-20 @ 12:26 PM
Hi received an nip dated 13/8/20 with offense taking place at 03/7/20. So assume I have good grounds for the ticket being barred. My question is where do I stand with filling out the provided form. Do ignore it and send the letter template provided or do I complete the form to send along with the letter. I'm guessing I do not complete the form but don't want to be caught out by something trivial. Thanks.
Jam - 1-Sep-20 @ 11:01 AM
Does an NIP issued after seeking details from a lease company look the same as one issued directly to the driver? After 20 years of no tickets, I've picked up 2 this year - first one came straight to me, bypassing my co. car lease company, I had a SAC and it never reached my HR dept. for a slap on the wrist. Just had another one - my fault entirely - I know the road and was careless... it appears to have come straight to me, but it arrived 21 days post offence. I haven't had the dreaded HR email from work! I don't want to ask anyone at work, or the lease company, in case I stir a hornet's nest - but I also don't want to raise a frivolous challenge and end up with more than 3 points and £100 fine! Any ideas? - thanks!
TurnedEmo - 30-Aug-20 @ 11:48 PM
I received a speeding fine for speeding at 86mphin a 70mph on the M3 between J3 and J4 . The offence was on 18th May 2020 but the NIP was sent on 10th July 2020. I was driving a company car, the Suury Police located the driver by 26th May 2020. So why did the NIP arrive 10th July 2020 and not 26th May 2020. Surely this would cancel the fine
Aqua - 23-Aug-20 @ 7:22 AM
Hi I received a speeding ticket for an alleged offence of speeding in excess of 50mph on the 12/05/2020 from North Yorkshire Police. The letter is dated in the header details as the 01/06/2020 and as it was sent to my company offence they stamped it as received 05/06/2020. Does the 14day notice start from the 12/05/2020 and also a bit strange that it does not say what actual speed I was over the limit. Thanks Gra
Gra - 12-Jun-20 @ 11:33 AM
Hi, Received a NIP today that was issued for the 2/3/20 but the offence took place on the 11/2/20. I have changed address but pop by the old house daily to collect post but regardless of this the nip was issued 20 days after the offence.Surely this is enough grounds for them to drop the case?
Bransome - 4-Mar-20 @ 11:54 PM
Hi I received a NIP on the 18/02 for an offence on the 18/01. The letter is dated 18/02. Am I right in saying that this is outside the 14 day period and as such I have grounds to reject. Also are you able to advise what happens after you reject the NIP, for example am I able to get a speed awareness course if process has been correct or will it go to court.
Pab - 19-Feb-20 @ 3:30 PM
hi i have just received a nip dated 22-01-2020 arrived 25-01-2020 and alledged offence was october 6th 2019 over 3months ago were do i stand any help would be appriciated
vixen - 26-Jan-20 @ 1:17 PM
Have received a NIP dated 12/11/19 for an offence of speeding on the M25 on 24/10/19. Seems like a straightforward case of using the 14 day argument but everything that looks simple invariably isn't so what else should I be checking for??? Many thanks for any advice/ help you can offer!
brett - 5-Dec-19 @ 1:02 PM
I received aNIP on 22nd November 2019 (postdated envelope) stating that I was doing 87mph on a dual carriageway 70mph on the 2nd October. I was driving the vehicle on this day. We have recently moved to Devon and I changed my address in July and subsequently received my updated replacement shortly after. The speeding offense was recorded by a manned camera and I was not pulled over on the day. Will having this from a manned camera effect this case? Also, should I contact the DVLA to confirm if the address change from months ago would have contributed to the delay of the NIP and will the police throw the book at me?
MatthewC - 3-Dec-19 @ 12:40 AM
Hello, I have received a speeding ticket from thames valley police from 19/05/2019 stating I was doing 86mph in a 70zone I received this today on 14/08/2019 so it’s been 3 months from the date of the offence - they have not offered me course where do i stand????
Victim - 19-Sep-19 @ 10:33 PM
Hello, I have received a speeding ticket from heddlu police from 27/04/2019 stating I was doing 38mph in a 30 zone I received this today on 14/09/2019 so it’s been 4 and a half months from the date of the offence - where do I stand with this?
Webbs - 14-Sep-19 @ 12:21 PM
hi there I receive a final notice from heddlu police saying I got seven days to respond on nip it been a month since I flash by a mobile van on the 16/6/19 and I receive this letter on the 16/7/19 a month later what can I do with this
wolvesfc - 17-Jul-19 @ 11:12 PM
Hi I have been stopped by the police on the motorway and issued a ticket for Middle Lane hogging. This incident happened on 15-Jan-2019. I am traveling in the middle lane and it was not safe for me to get into the leftmost lane also I was traveling 70-mile speed. I got a letter on 24-March-2019 with an incorrect incident date ie 13-Jan-2019. The letter asking me to pay 100£ fine within 28 days. It will cost three points in the license. I called the call center and reported to them about the incorrect incident date. They told me the date will be corrected and will reissue a penalty notice once again. I will be given another 28 days to make the payment. The next letter I got 16-May-2019 with correction of the incident date on the first page of the letter. In the back side of the page (where payment reference number was given) again had wrong incident date ie 13-Jan-2019 instead of 15-Jan-2019. I tried to make the payment on 27-may-2019 and system was showing an error. I called the call center again. They told me they can see the letter been reissued again however due to the technical issue with software it was gone to court. There are unable to do anything. They told me only option available for me is reply to the court summon. Please advice me. Should I accept the court summon and make the payment (it will be more now) or is there any other option for me. I work in a security area any court records against me can affect my job. Please I am kindly requesting for some advice Thanks Manoj I called up the call center again (101 Ext -number ) ,
Rav - 6-Jun-19 @ 2:19 PM
MALIBU - 22-Apr-19 @ 12:41 AM
I was recently caught by a camera in a parked police van doing 36mph in a 30 zone just before it turns into a 60 zone but there were no signs anywhere near the area where I got caught telling me I was in a 30 zone. Is there a law stating a minimum distance a speed limit sign must be displayed from where the offence takes place?
Andy - 12-Apr-19 @ 1:06 PM
I was caught speeding by a policeman using a radar gun on 24th Feb and given an NIP on the spot from the Police Officer. However I have just received the FPN today (25th March) which is more than 28 days after the offence took place and the NIP issued. Is it still valid. Every website I have been on talks about the 14 day period for NIP's to be issued but none mention the time period for FPN's
Quinster - 25-Mar-19 @ 11:15 AM
My partner recieved a NIP for an offence dated 9th Jan, NIP dated 28th Feb. Objected to this as way outside the 14 days, but that's been ignored. They have stated that DVLA never updated their records, even though the log book was issued to my partner months ago, so don't see how this can have gone to the old owner.
caben - 21-Mar-19 @ 1:26 PM
I have just recieved an NIP (9th March 2019) but the 24th Nov 2018. Surely I can refuse this considering it's been over 3 months since the incident? Cheers
LC - 10-Mar-19 @ 8:25 AM
HI I was forwarded a notice of intended prosecution by my employer. I was driving a company car on the 14 of November. The nip is dated 27 November and was received on the 29th. Can I appeal as the driver even though I'm not the registered owner? What alternatives do I have? Thanks
Interoma - 5-Dec-18 @ 10:43 AM
Hello the camera speeding offence too place 06/08/2018 and the NIP was dated 05/09/2018 and send to my employers old address. Can I still challenge in on the 14day rule ? Many thanks
underwp - 12-Nov-18 @ 11:00 AM
I received a NIP and returned form as requested. But have now seen that they are supposed to send within 14 days. I was sent a NIP, dated in the letter 10/08/18 for an offence on 23/05/18, at least 77 days after offence. In addition, I had called up several weeks after the offence date to ask if I had an NIP (as was about to leave the country for a month), and was told No! Feel like they have fraudulently taken £100 off me. Should I try and reclaim?
Charles - 4-Oct-18 @ 7:40 PM
Hi there. Do I need to provide a photo of the envelope if it was franked? I can't see any distinguishing marks to say when it was sent/received. Thanks
speeddemon111 - 4-Oct-18 @ 4:39 PM
NIP 54mhp in 40mph (on motorway) Incident date: 13/7 Date on NIP 18/8 Date received in post: 30/8 I'm registered owner and keeper Not driver. Should I challenge the NIP being outside 14days?
aliawee - 3-Sep-18 @ 6:07 PM
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