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Template: Speeding NIP Not Received In Time

By: Elizabeth Mugan BA/BSc, PGDipLaw, BVC, CIArb - Updated: 14 Jan 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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Andy- Your Question:
Hi, could you give me some advice please.I have received an NIP for an offence 48 in a 40 zone committed on the 24/11/2017.The NIP is dated the 11/12/2017Is this outside of the 14 days?Can I appeal?Thanks in advanceAndy

Our Response:
It is outside the 14 period. If you are the registered keeper of the vehicle and have not changed address or vehicle details in the last few months, you may be able to challenge this, see our guide here
NoPenaltyPoints - 18-Dec-17 @ 12:59 PM
Hi, could you give me some advice please. I have received an NIP for an offence 48 in a 40 zone committed on the 24/11/2017. The NIP is dated the 11/12/2017 Is this outside of the 14 days? Can I appeal? Thanks in advance Andy
Andy - 15-Dec-17 @ 6:42 PM
Pope30 - Your Question:
Hi, I received NIP today (12/12/2017) the letterhead is dated yesterday and the post stamp carries the same date. The offence was exactly one month ago 12/11/2017 so clearly outside of the 14 day window. Where it gets a bit complicated is I took delivery of a new car on 26/09/2017. Could this have caused the delay in the ticket?Thanks,Matt

Our Response:
The delay may have been because the vehicle was not showing as registered to you. Two months after you purchased the vehicle does seem an excessively long period even by DVLA standards, perhaps the seller did not send the details away immediately? It may be worth questionning the delay in the NIP anyway...see our guide here
NoPenaltyPoints - 15-Dec-17 @ 12:21 PM
Hi, I received NIP today (12/12/2017) the letterhead is dated yesterday and the post stamp carries the same date. The offence was exactly one month ago 12/11/2017 so clearly outside of the 14 day window. Where it gets a bit complicated is I took delivery of a new car on 26/09/2017. Could this have caused the delay in the ticket? Thanks, Matt
Pope30 - 12-Dec-17 @ 5:44 PM
Frandad - Your Question:
I received an NIP for speeding on 14th November - NIP dated 13th.The alleged offence having taken place on 30th October. This means I received the NIP 15 days after the offence - is this too late ?The predicament is that the registeted owner of the vehicle is Royal Mail who identified me as the driver as I had signed for the keys. There were 2 of us in the vehicle at the time and we genuinely do not remember who was driving. The only photographic evidence reveived has been a rear view of the van which is of no use.I need to decide what to do asap as the 28 day deadline is up this week. Obviously reluctant to say I was driving when I dont know if I was.

Our Response:
Our guide here give more information about what to do. In general if you were not driving and more than one person is insured for the vehicle you should not return a signed NIP. Instead, write to the address given on the NIP stating that you acknowledge receipt of the NIP but you do not know who was driving the vehicle at that time. Request all photographic evidence and/or other evidence the police have so that you can help them to identify the driver and assure them that you are doing all you can to speak to and identify the other possible offenders in the meantime
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Dec-17 @ 2:45 PM
Tuz - Your Question:
Hi, I received a NIP about 5 days ago. The date of my offence was 28/10. The date on the letter says 23/11. I was driving a work van which is owned by a lease company. Obviously I received the NIP after 14 days. Do I have to pay up? Thank you

Our Response:
Yes unfortunately for you, the 14 day rule will not apply if the NIP had to be sent to the registered keeper first etc.
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Dec-17 @ 12:01 PM
I received an NIP for speeding on 14th November - NIP dated 13th.The alleged offence having taken place on 30th October. This means I received the NIP 15 days after the offence - is this too late ?The predicament is that the registeted owner of the vehicle is Royal Mail who identified me as the driver as I had signed for the keys. There were 2 of us in the vehicle at the time and we genuinely do not remember who was driving. The only photographic evidence reveived has been a rear view of the van which is of no use.I need to decide what to do asap as the 28 day deadline is up this week. Obviously reluctant to say I was driving when I dont know if I was.
Frandad - 5-Dec-17 @ 10:45 PM
Hi, I received a NIP about 5 days ago. The date of my offence was 28/10. The date on the letter says 23/11. I was driving a work van which is owned by a lease company. Obviously I received the NIP after 14 days. Do I have to pay up? Thank you
Tuz - 5-Dec-17 @ 2:28 PM
Dan - Your Question:
I received a NIP for speeding on 3/11/17, for an offence on 5/10/17. I received my new car on 3/10/17 & my correct address was on the V5C on 5/10/17. Could I appeal the NIP on grounds that it took 29 days to receive the NIP? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Our Response:
Probably not, the DVLA does not always update its records straight away.
NoPenaltyPoints - 21-Nov-17 @ 11:50 AM
I received a NIP for speeding on 3/11/17, for an offence on 5/10/17. I received my new car on 3/10/17 & my correct address was on the V5C on 5/10/17. Could I appeal the NIP on grounds that it took 29 days to receive the NIP? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Dan - 20-Nov-17 @ 2:44 PM
Aqib - Your Question:
I recieced a NIP for an offence on the 2nd of June but I was not the official keeper of the car until the 1st of September. My guess is that it was going to the previous address but from the time of the address change and receiving the NIP was 49 days. Will this rule still apply or is it invalid as there was an address change?

Our Response:
Were you driving the vehicle at the time? Who was the registered keeper? Had you just not recorded it with the DVLA? If you don't think it was you driving you should say so. If it's simply that you hadn't changed the details, the 14 day rule will not apply.
NoPenaltyPoints - 3-Nov-17 @ 3:08 PM
Map - Your Question:
Hi there.Just received today ,2 November ,an NIP that happened on 5 September of this year.The address is correct but the name of the vehicle owner is completely different from mine even though I am the registered keeper.Can I still use your template to appeal considering the offence date and the fact I have just received the NIP.Kind regards.Martin

Our Response:
Assuming you haven't changed your vehicle, you may be able to appeal. If they police can prove it was a simple typographical area, they may be able to reject your appeal though.
NoPenaltyPoints - 3-Nov-17 @ 11:22 AM
I recieced a NIP for an offence on the 2nd of June but i was not the official keeper of the car until the 1st of September. My guess is that it was going to the previous address but from the time of the address change and receiving the NIP was 49 days. Will this rule still apply or is it invalid as there was an address change?
Aqib - 3-Nov-17 @ 10:24 AM
Hi there. Just received today ,2 November ,an NIP that happened on 5 September of this year. The address is correct but the name of the vehicle owner is completely different from mine even though I am the registered keeper. Can I still use your template to appeal considering the offence date and the fact I have just received the NIP. Kind regards. Martin
Map - 2-Nov-17 @ 1:55 PM
jc - Your Question:
My hubby got caught pressing his mobile phone on loudspeaker on his lap in stationary traffic in London - knows it was wrong and never would normally do it but he did so he understands the penalty ! he was caught by police on pushbike ! we are very concerned as the policeman took details etc and verified him and said would get 6 points and fine - which we understand - he said it would be 2-3 weeks to arrive - this time has elapsed and nothing has arrived, however we are going on holiday in 3 weeks for 3weeks and worried that if it comes whilst we are away its will end up in court as we wont be there to deal with it ?? how long should it normally take and what should we do ??

Our Response:
You have 28 days in which to respond to a fixed penalty notice, so your holiday shouldn't affect it too much. It might be worth asking someone to collect/open your post while you are away if it's of real concern.
NoPenaltyPoints - 23-Oct-17 @ 3:15 PM
my hubby got caught pressing his mobile phone on loudspeaker on his lap in stationary traffic in London - knows it was wrong and never would normally do it but he did so he understands the penalty ! he was caught by police on pushbike !we are very concerned as the policeman took details etc and verified him and said would get 6 points and fine - which we understand - he said it would be 2-3 weeks to arrive - this time has elapsed and nothing has arrived, however we are going on holiday in 3 weeks for 3weeks and worried that if it comes whilst we are away its will end up in court as we wont be there to deal with it ?? how long should it normally take and what should we do ??
jc - 20-Oct-17 @ 9:55 AM
Just received an NIP 56 days after the alleged offence.I had only bought the car 4 days prior. I understand I am unlikely to be successful if I contest the NIP due to the car changing hands only 4 days previously, but 8 weeks seems a *little* excessive in terms of time it took for the NIP to reach me (my registered keeper docs came through several weeks ago, I obviously completed the documents as keeper the day I bought the car).The NIP says I will have only 120 days from the date of the alleged offence to complete a speed awareness course - my friend had to do one recently and said all the ones in the area were very booked up - I'm worried I won't be able to do the course in time.Can I ask for an extension of time to get it done, given how very long it took for the NIP to reach me?
Jess - 26-Jul-17 @ 11:37 PM
Colin - Your Question:
Received a NIP on 14th July for an offence that was on 29th May (46 days later). The registered address of my car had been changed on the 2nd June (according to V5C doc). The NIP makes no mention of whether they'd previously tried contacting me, and I'm unsure how long it takes to send a nip (from date of offence) out based on camera data. This is well outside 14 days, should I contest this?

Our Response:
It's likely that a challenge under the14 day rule would not be accepted here, due to the different address at the time of the offence.
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-Jul-17 @ 11:44 AM
Received a NIP on 14th July for an offence that was on 29th May (46 days later). The registered address of my car had been changed on the 2nd June (according to V5C doc). The NIP makes no mention of whether they'd previously tried contacting me, and i'm unsure how long it takes to send a nip (from date of offence) out based on camera data. This is well outside 14 days, should I contest this?
Colin - 17-Jul-17 @ 1:36 PM
Monica - Your Question:
I received a NIP dated 27.06.2017 for causing obstruction on 09.04.2017. I was parked on the side of a road (with no yellow lines) along with perhaps 25 other cars but was not obstructing the road in any way. I would like to reject it on the grounds that I received it over the 14 days. My question is whether I should still fill in the form and identify myself as the driver and send this along with the rejection letter? or should I just send the rejection letter?

Our Response:
Take a look at our guide here, for more information
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Jul-17 @ 11:37 AM
I received a NIP dated 27.06.2017 for causing obstruction on 09.04.2017. I was parked on the side of a road (with no yellow lines) along with perhaps 25 other cars but was not obstructing the road in any way. I would like to reject it on the grounds that I received it over the 14 days. My question is whether i should still fill in the form and identify myself as the driver and send this along with the rejection letter? or should I just send the rejection letter?
Monica - 5-Jul-17 @ 11:06 AM
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
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