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What is the Time Period for Issue of a Motor Ticket

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 15 Jan 2018 | 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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Alex - Your Question:
I got a mobile phone use ticket a month ago, they said they would get back to me by this time. Is it still valid?

Our Response:
What kind of "ticket" were you stopped at the time? Were you given a fixed penalty or simply a notice to confirm you'd been stopped etc? Sorry not enough information here.
NoPenaltyPoints - 17-Jan-18 @ 3:42 PM
I got a mobile phone use ticket a month ago, they said they would get back to me by this time... Is it still valid?
Alex - 15-Jan-18 @ 2:20 PM
westie - Your Question:
Issued with a speeding ticket. Offence was 29/11. I received letter on 10/01 2018.can I contest this

Our Response:
Assuming you are the registered keeper of the vehicle and have not changed your address in the months either side of the offence you may be able to challenge this. See our guide here for more information
NoPenaltyPoints - 12-Jan-18 @ 3:12 PM
Issued with a speeding ticket. Offence was 29/11. I received letter on 10/01 2018.can i contest this
westie - 10-Jan-18 @ 8:32 PM
Ziggy4lyf - Your Question:
Hi. A month ago I got pulled over by the police in a van for going through a red. They had issued me a ticket. They said.i had to wait for a letter to come through with the fine and penalty points. But I have not recieved any letter and its been a month. What does that mean? Thanks

Our Response:
It can take up to 6 months before you hear further from the police in some cases.
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-Jan-18 @ 12:09 PM
Hi. A month ago i got pulled over by the police in a van for going through a red. They had issued me a ticket. They said.i had to wait for a letter to come through with the fine and penalty points. But i have not recieved any letter and its been a month. What does that mean? Thanks
Ziggy4lyf - 7-Jan-18 @ 7:47 PM
Smith - Your Question:
Hi all I ran a red accidentally so scared really didn't realise what I had done no camera in traffic light but cctv on the other side what should I do!!

Our Response:
There's not much you can do really. If you have been captured by a police camera, you will hear within 14 days (assuming you are the registered keeper of the vehicle etc)
NoPenaltyPoints - 3-Jan-18 @ 2:58 PM
Hi all I ran a red accidentally so scared really didn't realise what I had done no camera in traffic light but cctv on the other side what should I do!!
Smith - 1-Jan-18 @ 2:10 PM
Do NIP tickets checkcar insurance?
Catlady - 21-Dec-17 @ 11:19 PM
jackman - Your Question:
Hello,I think I was flashed on the motorway recently speeding. Should I have received this within 14 days? Does the speed I was going influence how long it may take? I read above about if you were doing over a certain amount it could mean a court summons? Is this the same for all or just if you've actually been stopped?Thanks

Our Response:
If you were caught on camera but not stopped at the time of the offence, you should receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) within 14 days assuming you are the registered keeper and haven't changed vehicle or address in the past few months. The NIP will be issued irrespective of the speed.
NoPenaltyPoints - 20-Dec-17 @ 12:52 PM
Hello, I think I was flashed on the motorway recently speeding. Should I have received this within 14 days? Does the speed I was going influence how long it may take? I read above about if you were doing over a certain amount it could mean a court summons? Is this the same for all or just if you've actually been stopped? Thanks
jackman - 19-Dec-17 @ 6:32 PM
Gfunk - Your Question:
My boyfriend was driving my car and went through a red light and got flashed. He is uninsured on my car and I don’t know what is going to happen or what to do. Any advice would be appreciated.

Our Response:
If the vehicle was caught on camera, the NIP will be sent to the registered keeper (i.e you). You will then need to complete the form to say you were not the driver and provide the actual driver's details. If you knowingly allowed your boyfriend to drive without insurance, you could be penalised yourself. The fixed penalty (if it doesn't go to court) for driving without insurance is £300 fine and 6 points. Running a red light carries a fixed penalty of £100 fine plus 3 points.
NoPenaltyPoints - 19-Dec-17 @ 3:46 PM
My boyfriend was driving my car and went through a red light and got flashed. He is uninsured on my car and I don’t know what is going to happen or what to do. Any advice would be appreciated.
Gfunk - 17-Dec-17 @ 9:46 PM
Darren - Your Question:
Hi I was following a friend down a duel carrigeway didnt realise my speed woops. A marked police car pulled my friend over and he wrote on his NIP 102minimum. 3 days later I get a NIP through the post. The NIP didnt state my speed. So I have forwarded off confirming I was the driver. Whats the average waiting time for a ticket and what would be my likely outcome. I have been driving for 11 years and have a clean license. Thanks

Our Response:
A speed of 102mph (assuming you were doing a similar speed to your friend) on a dual carriageway would almost certainly result in a court summons. These can take up to 6 months to initiate.
NoPenaltyPoints - 8-Dec-17 @ 2:58 PM
Hi I was following a friend down a duel carrigeway didnt realise my speed woops. A marked police car pulled my friend over and he wrote on his NIP 102minimum. 3 days later i get a NIP through the post. The NIP didnt state my speed. So i have forwarded off confirming i was the driver. Whats the average waiting time for a ticket and what would be my likely outcome. I have been driving for 11 years and have a clean license. Thanks
Darren - 7-Dec-17 @ 2:19 PM
Davi708 - Your Question:
Hi, while going to work I was waiting at the lights to turn right behind a car. There was a flashing police car stopping a vehicle infront. When the light's turned amber to red I also turned right with the vehicle in front. Although there are no cameras at the lights and the police didn't stop my vehicle either, is it possible for the police to send a NIP letter in case I crossed the lights when it was red? Thank you

Our Response:
It's possible but probably unlikely if the police officer was engaging in stopping another vehicle.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Dec-17 @ 3:12 PM
Hi, while going to work I was waiting at the lights to turn right behind a car. There was a flashing police car stopping a vehicle infront. When the light's turned amber to red I also turned right with the vehicle in front. Although there are no cameras at the lights and the police didn't stop my vehicle either, is it possible for the police to send a NIP letter in case I crossed the lights when it was red? Thank you
Davi708 - 5-Dec-17 @ 12:18 AM
Stuart - Your Question:
Hello, I've just received a speeding ticket from a converted red light camera, from over two months ago, 38 in a 30. I have not moved and am the registered owner, and I think it even has the wrong date, but only a day out. What's my best course of action? Many thanks for any help.

Our Response:
Our guide on how to Dispute a Speeding Ticket Sent in the Wrong Time Frame should help.
NoPenaltyPoints - 1-Dec-17 @ 3:43 PM
Hello, I have just received a speeding ticket from a fixed red light camera, 38 in a 30, two months after the offence. I have not moved, and am the registered keeper. What is the best way to proceed? Many thanks.
Stuart - 30-Nov-17 @ 6:06 PM
Hello, I've just received a speeding ticket from a converted red light camera, from over two months ago, 38 in a 30. I have not moved and am the registered owner, and I think it even has the wrong date, but only a day out. What's my best course of action? Many thanks for any help.
Stuart - 30-Nov-17 @ 6:03 PM
Hi, while going to work this morning I was waiting at the lights to turn right behind a car. There was a flashing police car stopping a vehicle infront. When the light's turned amber to red I also turned right with the vehicle in front. Although there are no cameras at the lights and the police didn't stop my vehicle either, is it possible for the police to send a NIP letter in case I crossed the lights when it was red? Thank you
Davi708 - 30-Nov-17 @ 9:21 AM
Kunak - Your Question:
Hi. Can I fight and claim points back as I just got to know 14days time rule. my ticket has been delivered 3months later and I recieved 3 points which as I can see I shouldn’t. thank you

Our Response:
If you didn't object at before the penalty was issued, you can't do so at a later date.
NoPenaltyPoints - 29-Nov-17 @ 12:07 PM
Hi. Can I fight and claim points back as I just got to know 14days time rule... my ticket has been delivered 3months later and I recieved 3 points which as I can see i shouldn’t.. thank you
Kunak - 28-Nov-17 @ 6:56 PM
I know that I’ll likely get a red light ticket in the next 14 days as I saw the light flash. Never happened before. Good record. Older. Fixed income. Because the ticket is almost $500 how do I ask for a reduction in the amount? Does that mean I have to contest it? I wouldn’t be contesting just asking for leniency correct?
Pat - 8-Nov-17 @ 10:47 PM
Lockylockwood- Your Question:
I have received a NIP dated 28/10/2017. Saying I ran a red light back in 09/08/2017. This was clearly over 14 days ago. 1. Where do I stand with this?2. I genuinely don't even remember doing it.

Our Response:
The NIP should be issue within 14 days of the offence. If however, you have changed vehicle or address in the weeks prior or immediately following the offence or you are not the registered keeper, the police take longer to trace you as the driver and the 14 day rule does not apply. If you think you weren't in the area and the offence wasn't committed by you, you could appeal but should expect to appear in court.
NoPenaltyPoints - 7-Nov-17 @ 9:38 AM
I have received a NIP dated 28/10/2017. Saying I ran a red light back in 09/08/2017. This was clearly over 14 days ago. 1. Where do I stand with this? 2. I genuinely don't even remember doing it.
Lockylockwood - 31-Oct-17 @ 7:20 PM
Just has a speeding ticket through was doing 37 in a 30 caught my mobile van the letter came through dated 24/10/17 only Got it today does it stand I know there is a rule about receiveing it within 14 days if it invalid what do I need to do
Kj - 26-Oct-17 @ 6:04 PM
shazzy - Your Question:
HiI was caught by police driving too slowly (30mph on a 40mph road) in the middle lane. The police officer said that they will send me a letter which may contain 3 points + fine or taking an awareness course. Its been 5 weeks but I have not received anything. Is there a possibility they decided to let me go?

Our Response:
We don't know whether a no further action decision has been taken but because you were stopped at the time, the police do have up to 6 mothns in which to take proceedings further.
NoPenaltyPoints - 25-Oct-17 @ 12:00 PM
Cleaver01 - Your Question:
Hi I was pulled over driving to my girlfriends car to a car wash roughly 300 yards down one road from our house, turns out I wasn't insured to drive her car which I honestly thought I was the police officer seemed to undertand this and was sympathetic to the situation I was in but still none the less gave me a ticket for it, iv now got the letter through the post 5 weeks later 300 fine and 6 pints is there a time scale to which the letter has to arrive? 5 weeks seems like a long time, and also do you think I would be able to contest it in court? I'm not too bothered about the fine but the points I am as I have a clean licence and I like to keep it that way?

Our Response:
If you are stopped at the time of the offence, the police have up to 6 months in which to start further proceedings, so no they are not beyond any time limit. If you have a good reason for not wanting 6 points on your licence (e.g. you drive for a living and have held a clean licence for significant length of tiem), it might be worth taking it to court to see if a judge would reduce it. You should however, seek professional legal advice before considering this.
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-Oct-17 @ 10:10 AM
millie - Your Question:
Had a new company car on the 15th SeptemberWas caught by a mobile speed camera doing 80 on a dual carriageway on the 22nd September.NIP was sent to my company dated the 18th October.I have checked with the dealer who tell me they informed the DVLA of the ownership details on the 15th.Is the NIP valid as it is outside the 15 day time limit

Our Response:
If the DVLA hadn't processed the information at the time of the offence, there's not much you can do here as it won't be accepted under the 14 day rule, or as a defence of actual speeding.
NoPenaltyPoints - 23-Oct-17 @ 3:12 PM
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