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What is the Time Period for Issue of a Motor Ticket

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 20 Mar 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
What Is The Time Period For Issue Of A Motor Ticket

Q.

I was flashed running a red light nearly 3 weeks ago, but have heard nothing. Is there a period when the ticket should be issued? Or is there a time period after which it becomes invalid?

(Mr Alex Grammenos, 30 September 2008)

A.

If you go through a red light without stopping or are caught out speeding above the legal limit, you are likely to be issued with a Notice of Intended Prosecution or NIP. These can be issued on the spot or in the case of an automatic camera placed near the lights or on the stretch of road where you commit the offence, then the first time you'll know you've been caught for definite is when the ticket appears on your doormat. But how long should this take?

Flashed by a camera

If you have been 'flashed' by a camera, or think you have, then the next few weeks can bring a tense wait, while you wait to see what the postman brings each day. In this scenario, the registered keeper of the vehicle should expect to be informed by post within 14 days, and when it arrives, the NIP should contain information on the location, the alleged offence and the time and place that it took place.

What happens if it doesn't come within 14 days?

If the ticket does not reach the offender, or the registered keeper of the vehicle within 14 days, then it can be considered invalid - unless one of the following conditions is applicable:

  • If the offender was issued with a ticket on the spot by a police officer
  • If the notice was sent by post within a reasonable time so that it could be expected to arrive within 14 days (for example, if a postal strike was to interrupt normal service), then it can be deemed that the NIP has been served even though it didn't arrive within the normal 14 day window. This is unusual, but worth bearing in mind.
  • If the vehicle is involved in an accident and the driver knows this, then the police don't have to send an NIP.
  • If the police haven't been able to get the name and address, or if the offender didn't comply with providing this information - someone driving a work or hire car could fall under this condition.
  • If an address is not available or the offender has moved on without notifying the DVLA, then service at the last good known address of the offender will be seen as enough effort from the issuing authority.

In the case above, if none of the above conditions apply, then it would seem that you've not been issued with a ticket this time. Do remember how dangerous it is to Run Red Lights, and try to make sure you don't make the same mistake again!

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I was handed a traffic offence report 14 days ago for fiddling with the satnav on my phone while at lights. It was in a different county to where I live. The officer let me off three of the potential six points but said he still had to give me the three. Already have nine for speeding so ... is it possible he changed his mind and didn't file it??
Hack - 20-Mar-17 @ 2:55 PM
Alexis - Your Question:
Hi I've been pulled over on the 20th Feb. Haven't received yet the ticket anybody knows how long it takes to receive the ticket ? Thanks

Our Response:
It can take up to 6 months for the police to initiate further action. If it's simply a fixed penalty it will usually take around 28 days.
NoPenaltyPoints - 28-Feb-17 @ 11:43 AM
Hi I've been pulled over on the 20th Feb . Haven't received yet the ticket anybody knows how long it takes to receive the ticket ? Thanks
Alexis - 26-Feb-17 @ 4:22 PM
Hey, i went through a red light in my dads car.I am not insured for that car. Can this ban me from driving?
K - 16-Feb-17 @ 3:06 PM
rahimi - Your Question:
I was stopped by police officer on 2 feb 2017 for routine check, I was driving a motorbike for delivery. Officer told me that I dont have business insurance and therefore they will seize the motorbike, I told officers that I do have business isurance and called my insurance company they told the officer that I do have business insurance and provided my policy number. Then the officer said it is ok but your L plate is not according to legal criteria and therefore you r charged with not driving accordance to your licence. I told officer that Im using same L plates from 2 years and I have been stopped many times for routine check by police and they never said anything about them and even ddnt even warn me once about them. Then I called to my boss and within 10 minutes he brought new L plates but officer said they have to take the motorbike and they took it with them and it cost me £220 to release it as I lost my all documents next day to recover my bike and had to wait for a week to get them so thats why it cost me £220. Now it has been almost two weeks but I ddnt heard anything from police regarding the offence. And was it really an offence because I displayed both L Plates only problem was that back L plate was little broken from side but still it could be clearly seen and could police seize my motorbike even I got brand new plates. Advise needed many thanks

Our Response:
This does sound like the police have been a little unreasonable but we can't really give you any individual advice without knowing much more detail. Could you try Citizens' Advice perhaps?
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-Feb-17 @ 10:15 AM
I was stopped by police officer on 2 feb 2017 for routine check, i was driving a motorbike for delivery. Officer told me that I dont have business insurance and therefore they will seize the motorbike, I told officers that I do have business isurance and called my insurance companythey told the officer that I do have business insurance and provided my policy number. Then the officer said it is ok but your L plate is not according to legal criteria and therefore you r charged with not driving accordance to your licence. I told officer that Im using same L plates from 2 years and I have been stopped many times for routine check by police andthey never said anything about them and even ddnt even warn me once about them. Then i called to my boss and within 10 minutes he brought new L plates but officer said they have to take the motorbike and they took it with them and it cost me £220 to release it as I lost my all documents next day to recover my bike and had to wait for a week to get them so thats why it cost me £220. Now it has been almost two weeks but I ddnt heard anything from police regarding the offence. And was it really an offence because I displayed both L Plates only problem was that back L plate was little broken from side but still it could be clearly seen and could police seize my motorbike even I got brand new plates. Advise needed many thanks
rahimi - 15-Feb-17 @ 1:45 AM
Another slave of sys - Your Question:
I have a couple of questions:1) I was photographed by a GATSO BV TYPE 36 camera for failing to stop at a red light, as soon as I received the fine for this I paid within the time period as requested but failed to send away my driving licence, subsequently I then received a court summons, I was told It wasn't a mandatory requirement for me to attend as the hearing would proceed in the same manor none the less, which saved me a days wage that I would have lost. One of the additions to the original fine was now a victim surcharge, who is this mysterious victim?? 2) why did I have to send off my plastic photocard licence in the first place if I had already admitted to the offence, the plastic photocard cannot be and doesn't get endorsements printed on it so why would you need me to send it.? Is it so this exact scenario happens, genuine human error allowing you to request more money, it seems a little harsh to me and I look forward to your reply.

Our Response:
There are no victims in your case, but the victim surcharge is a charge made by courts to help support victims in general. There is a list of organisations which have received this support on the government website. We can't find any information on exactly how much has been collected through this surcharge though. Your driving licence is always viewed when you commit a crime.
NoPenaltyPoints - 14-Feb-17 @ 10:36 AM
I have a couple of questions: 1) I was photographed by a GATSO BV TYPE 36 camera for failing to stop at a red light, as soon as I received the fine for this I paid within the time period as requested but failed to send away my driving licence, subsequently I then received a court summons, I was told It wasn't a mandatory requirement for me to attend as the hearing would proceed in the same manor none the less, which saved me a days wage that I would have lost. One of the additions to the original fine was now a victim surcharge, who is this mysterious victim?? 2) why did I have to send off my plastic photocard licence in the first place if I had already admitted to the offence, the plastic photocard cannot be and doesn't get endorsements printed on it so why would you need me to send it....? Is it so this exact scenario happens, genuine human error allowing you to request more money, it seems a little harsh to me and I look forward to your reply.
Another slave of sys - 12-Feb-17 @ 6:29 PM
Mjs - Your Question:
I was stopped for using a mobile device whilst driving. This was on 20 December 2016. I received a ticket from the officer. How long until I receive the paperwork through the post. It is 7 February 2017 and haven't received anything.

Our Response:
It can take up to 6 months before further action from the police.
NoPenaltyPoints - 9-Feb-17 @ 11:00 AM
I was stopped for using a mobile device whilst driving. This was on 20 December 2016. I received a ticket from the officer. How long until I receive the paperwork through the post. It is 7 February 2017 and haven't received anything.
Mjs - 7-Feb-17 @ 6:15 PM
I received a parking ticket mid Dec at my work place, I was going to appeal as I felt the markings are in a poor state of repair however I then noticed the registration no. on the ticket was wrong by one digit so ignored it. Now a month later I have received an amended ticket through the post with a picture of my car on it. Is this legally enforceable?
Annoyed - 31-Jan-17 @ 6:21 PM
I stopped on a single yellow line In front of Greenwich market and waited for 1min with emergency light on within the restricted hours. The sign said no loading which I didn't just picked up a friend. I'm freaking out as already received about a dozen of them this year alone. My wife is going to kill me. Have been online and nothing is clear. Please help if you've been in a similar situation I realised that a camera was pointed at me on my direction as I took off Have been online looking for
Arni - 27-Jan-17 @ 7:17 PM
Morning I got a speeding ticket while i had a hired car on the 22nd Dec and i had a letter from the hired company saying that it had been sent on to let them know i was the driver I have not heard about this ticket should i be worried.
lol - 24-Jan-17 @ 11:56 AM
My son was stopped by the police on 20/11/16 for going through a light at Amber, which was red by the time he got through.He was told he would be sent a Conditional offer of a fixed penalty. He hadn't heard anything so thought he wouldn't now, but has just received a conditional offer dated 19/1/17.Is this within the time limit?Many thanks for any advice you can offer.
Sue - 24-Jan-17 @ 10:52 AM
I was sent a NIP, mobile camera, on a road where both my wife and I travelled 4 times within 1 1/2hour on the same day running errands. Even though the time is on the NIP it could have been either one of us. To check we asked for the photo to see if we could identify who was driving. They have sent an image of rear of car, not face on, stating 'The photograph is intended to identify the vehicle not the driver this does not excuse you from your duty to supply the necessary information' But how can I do that if I don't know - I would have to hazard a guess who was driving. Do I just guess?
G - 19-Jan-17 @ 6:29 PM
Company van caught speeding notice to company and then back to be put in my name how long do I wait
Wend - 13-Jan-17 @ 12:50 AM
Hi there, Can red light camera flash you if you are driving towards it? The lights were just turning amber when I drove through it (at the speed limit) nut it looked like the infrared light lit up (or could have been the reflection of lights as it was still dark).
Mel - 11-Jan-17 @ 9:05 AM
Botty1984 - Your Question:
I received an NIP dated 3/1/17 for an offence dated 15/10/16. I haven't changed address or changed any details. What do I do?

Our Response:
If you are the registered keeper of the vehicle, you may be able to dispute this on the basis that it was not issued within the 14 day period. Follow the steps in our guide here
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Jan-17 @ 10:57 AM
I received an NIP dated 3/1/17 for an offence dated 15/10/16. I haven't changed address or changed any details. What do I do?
Botty1984 - 4-Jan-17 @ 12:04 PM
1) Are mobile camera / radar vans (without flash) considered the same as fixed flashing cameras for your advice on 14 days notice? 2) Is "Christmas postage" an allowable reason for it taking more than 14 days, assuming there is no postage strike or significant "act of god"? TIA
CH - 21-Dec-16 @ 9:54 PM
I get speeding tickets twice in one week I am taxi driver! !in both event 35 drove in 30 zone. But I never attend in awareness course.did I still lose points in my license? ?
Xara - 16-Dec-16 @ 6:24 PM
loz - Your Question:
I was stopped for using my phone when driving, the officer could not print the penalty notice of and said he would visit my address to give me this how ever this was 1 week ago. Is there a time limit for them to issue this to me

Our Response:
No, if you were stopped at the time of the offence, the police have up to 6 months in which to initiate any action.
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-Dec-16 @ 11:03 AM
I was stopped for using my phone when driving, the officer could not print the penalty notice of and said he would visit my address to give me this how ever this was 1 week ago. Is there a time limit for them to issue this to me
loz - 15-Dec-16 @ 1:47 PM
detty - Your Question:
If I have run a red light within seconds of changing colour in a works van and have now got notice of penalty but incident was 15.11.16 and notice to prosecute is dated 2.12.16 more than 14 days is it valid?the camara is one on the lights via GMP

Our Response:
No. Because it's a works van, the NIP would have been sent yourcompany (the registered keeper) first, so the police have longer to send an NIP to the actual driver.
NoPenaltyPoints - 14-Dec-16 @ 11:19 AM
if i have run a red light within seconds of changing colour in a works van and have now got notice of penalty but incident was 15.11.16 and notice to prosecute is dated 2.12.16 more than 14 days is it valid? the camara is one on the lights via GMP
detty - 13-Dec-16 @ 11:38 AM
I've lost the letter I got through the post for a red light , how do I go about contacting someone about it ?
Keely - 8-Dec-16 @ 8:35 PM
Ali - Your Question:
I was stopped by a police officer for doing 47 in a 30, It is a dual carriageway and I thought it was 40 minimum. I know I was still speeding but at least I could have prevented penalty points and just paid for the awareness course. Is there anyway I can contest this. I cannot see any 30 signs up. There is one about 200 yards but that is where the road is a single lane but no signs when it becomes a dual carriage way just the dual carriage way sign.

Our Response:
30 mph repeater signs are not allowed on a road with a continuous system of street lighting. 30mph limits can be (and often are) placed on dual carriageway roads in urban areas, so you should always assume that the speed limit is 30mph on roads like this.
NoPenaltyPoints - 7-Dec-16 @ 11:46 AM
Alan - Your Question:
It says failure to comply with red traffic light

Our Response:
See our answer below.
NoPenaltyPoints - 7-Dec-16 @ 11:34 AM
Alan - Your Question:
I was stopped by the police for going through a red light late at night no cars on road he give me a ticket & sailing it will come through the post its been two & half weeks how long does it take

Our Response:
The police actually have up to 6 months in which to initiate further action. If a fixed penalty notice is to be issued however, it's likely you will receive it within 28 days of the offence. If it's a court summons, it can take a lot longer.
NoPenaltyPoints - 7-Dec-16 @ 11:00 AM
I was stopped by a police officer for doing 47 in a 30, It is a dual carriageway and I thought it was 40 minimum. I know I was still speeding but at least I could have prevented penalty points and just paid for the awareness course.Is there anyway I can contest this.I cannot see any 30 signs up.There is one about 200 yards but that is where the road is a single lane but no signs when it becomes a dual carriage way just the dual carriage way sign.
Ali - 6-Dec-16 @ 12:00 PM
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