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What is the Time Period for Issue of a Motor Ticket

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 16 May 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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I was stopped by 2 officers who were behind me and accused me of running a red light i told them it was amber and 1 of the officers pointed to his body camera and said i will be receiving something in the post and then they drove off , they didnt even get out the car or ask for my details they looked like they were in a hurry. Is this proper procedure and should i worry or were they just trying to scare me.
Muks - 16-May-18 @ 2:09 PM
Tippers - Your Question:
I have received a speeding notice 4 weeks after the date of offence. I thought the police had 2 weeks to issue. Do I still have to pay

Our Response:
If you are the registered keeper of the vehicle (i.e it's not a hire/lease/company car) and you haven't changed address or vehicle in the last few months, you may be able to reject it. Please see our guide here for more information
NoPenaltyPoints - 14-May-18 @ 3:48 PM
I have received a speeding notice 4 weeks after the date of offence. I thought the police had 2 weeks to issue. Do i still have to pay
Tippers - 12-May-18 @ 3:03 PM
marko - Your Question:
If I am stopped at a red light that seems to be out of sync.(changed red to green within a bout 30 seconds then stayed red for about 5 mins) I then took the decision that it was faulty and that it was clearly safe to go. am I in danger of a nip and do I have a valied defence. I didnt see any cammeras on the light but not 100% sure. I could have been sat that forever. am I justified. thanks

Our Response:
There is no clearcut advice on this. In general it is illegal to contravene a red light unless directed to do so by an official person such as a police officer. The Institute of Advanced Motorists have been reported as saying that if the lights are stuck, you should proceed cautiously forward with your lights on. Derbyshire police said of the same incident, that drivers should wait at least four minutes before opting to move forward.
If you can manage to contact the police while you're at a red light that's been stuck for some time, they'll be able to advise you.
If you are penalised, a potential defence might be that the lights were not working properly - but you may be required to prove that your actions were necessary as the lights were not working and therefore didn't comply with the relevant regulations.
NoPenaltyPoints - 11-May-18 @ 11:00 AM
if i am stopped at a red light that seems to be out of sync.(changed red to green within a bout 30 seconds then stayed red for about 5 mins) i then took the decision that it was faulty and that it was clearly safe to go. am i in danger of a nip and do i have a valied defence. i didnt see any cammeras on the light but not 100% sure. i could have been sat that forever. am i justified. thanks
marko - 9-May-18 @ 6:21 PM
If reported for using phone whilst driving how long does it take to arrive and what happens if its been iver 14days...
Jippo - 4-May-18 @ 10:08 AM
Hi, I was travelling home down an A road earlier today and I overtook a car but pulled back in on a solid white line. The next thing I see is a policeman with his lights on behind me indicating me to pull in. So I did so. He mentioned nothing about speeding, just gave me a ticket for pulling in late and said I’d get a letter in a couple of weeks. What does this mean? Is it worse than having an on the spot fine/penalty?! Thanks
KW - 30-Apr-18 @ 11:06 PM
The car in front as it was turning slowed down and I got stuck in red light So I think the camera flashed What is the pelanty for it ?
Nima - 20-Apr-18 @ 9:36 PM
I got a ti ket because I stopped on a carriage way with my hazard lights on they gave me a ticket without asking is anything was wrong 2 mo this later they have sent me a letter to either do a course or points can't they still do that as the officer said I should get a letter 2 weeks after the ticket was issued not 2 montjs
Kat - 20-Apr-18 @ 10:02 AM
D Sam - Your Question:
I went through a red light today accidently. I then noticed the car behind me was flashing his headlights but I was already through and simply kept driving.I now think it may have been an unmarked police car. Will I get a letter through the post and if so how long do they have to write to me?

Our Response:
We can't really say but if it was a police officer that didn't intend stopping you - it's unlikely that they would have flashed their lights. If it was an un-uniformed officer he/she would not have been able to stop you (as they must be in uniform) so there's a chance you might still receive an NIP. If you are the registered keeper of the vehicle and haven't changed address or vehicle recently, then you will received it within 14 days of the offence.
NoPenaltyPoints - 20-Apr-18 @ 9:43 AM
I went through a red light today accidently. I then noticed the car behind me was flashing his headlights but I was already through and simply kept driving. I now think it may have been an unmarked police car. Will I get a letter through the post and if so how long do they have to write to me?
D Sam - 17-Apr-18 @ 6:55 PM
Scoop1 - Your Question:
Hi I was driving and I missed my turning so I went to this roundabout so I could come back on myself but didn’t realise there was lights on the roundabout till I went through them if I went through two which I’m not sure if it was one or two would I get 3 points each red light?

Our Response:
If there were cameras on each light then there's a chance you will receive two separate penalties.
NoPenaltyPoints - 9-Apr-18 @ 3:30 PM
Hi i was driving and I missed my turning so I went to this roundabout so I could come back on myself but didn’t realise there was lights on the roundabout till I went through them if I went through two which I’m not sure if it was one or two would I get 3 points each red light?
Scoop1 - 8-Apr-18 @ 2:05 PM
Thomas - Your Question:
I think I was speeding though those yellow average speed cameras. How long do they or can they take for a notification to arrive? It’s been nearly 2 weeks now. Thanks for you replay. Tom

Our Response:
If you are the registered keeper of the vehicle and have not changed vehicle or address recently, then you should hear within 14 days. See our guide for more information
NoPenaltyPoints - 4-Apr-18 @ 12:23 PM
Dkw - Your Question:
Hi I caught in my phone 4 months ago and I have only just received the penalty letter, does this apply in the 14 day rule? Thanks

Our Response:
No, if you are stopped at the time of the offence, the 14 day rule does not apply.
NoPenaltyPoints - 4-Apr-18 @ 11:31 AM
Warya - Your Question:
I was stopped by police on 1st Mar 2018 on the motorway for speeding and I was told I will be given 3 points and £100 fine, it’s since been a month but I’m yet to hear from the by post - I accepted the fault and did not choose to contest at court - should they be writing to me and how long do they have to do so?

Our Response:
The police actually have up to 6 months in which to take further action, so it may be a while before you hear further.
NoPenaltyPoints - 4-Apr-18 @ 10:21 AM
I got stopped by the police today for using my phone while driving. They asked me if was using the phone and I pleaded guilty. They appreciated the fact that I was being honest and wasn't trying to hide. However they didn't take any details from me or no penalty was issued at the time. Should I consider this as a warning or will I get the penalty notice sent through the post? I'm feeling really paranoid about this and any advice would be highly appreciated.
Prash - 2-Apr-18 @ 7:58 PM
Hi I caught in my phone 4 months ago and I have only just received the penalty letter, does this apply in the 14 day rule? Thanks
Dkw - 2-Apr-18 @ 10:31 AM
I think I was speeding though those yellow average speed cameras. How long do they or can they take for a notification to arrive?It’s been nearly 2 weeks now. Thanks for you replay. Tom
Thomas - 1-Apr-18 @ 8:10 PM
I was stopped by police on 1st Mar 2018 on the motorway for speeding and I was told I will be given 3 points and £100 fine, it’s since been a month but I’m yet to hear from the by post - I accepted the fault and did not choose to contest at court - should they be writing to me and how long do they have to do so?
Warya - 1-Apr-18 @ 9:59 AM
Hi i was stopped by a police officer over 2 weeks ago but not yet received my letter.Hegave me the blue slip.I do drive a company car but they had my address on the slip so we know how long before i get my letter?
Jue - 29-Mar-18 @ 11:41 AM
Ct - Your Question:
Hi, I was going above the speed limit considerably on the M5 and went past a police car pulled In on the other side of the road.Once I went past his lights flashed and started driving off the other way, what are the chances that I have been clocked by the police? There was no concrete barrier, instead just bollard looking things. Cheers.

Our Response:
It's probably fairly unlikely that you were caught, but we can't say for sure.
NoPenaltyPoints - 27-Mar-18 @ 12:11 PM
Hi, I was going above the speed limit considerably on the M5 and went past a police car pulled In on the other side of the road. Once I went past his lights flashed and started driving off the other way, what are the chances that I have been clocked by the police? There was no concrete barrier, instead just bollard looking things. Cheers.
Ct - 24-Mar-18 @ 2:50 PM
I accidently took a roundabout the wrong way today. I can't belive i even did that. I didn't meet a car on the way. There was a lorry waiting to get out and he clearly saw me. I'm mortified. How long before I know if I get a penalty on this and what would they penalty be?
Nelvana - 21-Mar-18 @ 3:04 PM
Tommo - Your Question:
Hi, about 8 weeks ago today was caught out by a static speed van , received a letter to ask if I was the driver of the car , I have sent the reply back , but still have not been informed if I am getting points or a speed awareness course, how long do I have to wait to see what is happening to me.Kind regardsAdam

Our Response:
It can take up to 6 months depending on whether a court summons or fixed penalty is to be issued.
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-Mar-18 @ 1:39 PM
Hi, about 8 weeks ago today was caught out by a static speed van , received a letter to ask if I was the driver of the car , I have sent the reply back , but still have not been informed if I am getting points or a speed awareness course, how long do I have to wait to see what is happening to me . Kind regards Adam
Tommo - 15-Mar-18 @ 10:32 AM
Desi - Your Question:
I need an urgent advice and hope someone here can help me.The first of the cases is a penalty in a bus lane from 24/09/2017 (never received a letter to know that I have a penalty) with the amount of £203.00, have made a challenge however after what happened today I am really scared - received another letter - “ Notice of enforcement agent” for completely different penalty from 17/08/2017 - £513.I have never received any letter to be aware of that I have any of those penalties.Tried to contact the local council but there is no any advisor that I can speak with. In the council itself no one couldn’t advice me except to make a challenge for the ticket. Please if someone can advice I really do not know what should I do. I understand that I have made a mistake, however I was not aware that I own money in the council. Apologies in advance if my writing is a bit messy, it’s so frustrating all this for me

Our Response:
Had you just bought the car at time or changed address? That may explain why the original NIPs were not received by you. If that was the case, you will need to write to council formally stating that you have never received any previous communication and that the DVLA had not updated your records at the time. That should be sufficient. If you failed to notify the DVLA of any changes then of course you have to take responsibility for this and make arrangements to pay the debts.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Mar-18 @ 3:05 PM
I need an urgent advice and hope someone here can help me. The first of the cases is a penalty in a bus lane from 24/09/2017 (never received a letter to know that I have a penalty) with the amount of £203.00, have made a challenge however after what happened today I am really scared - received another letter - “ Notice of enforcement agent” for completely different penalty from 17/08/2017 - £513 ...... I have never received any letter to be aware of that I have any of those penalties. Tried to contact the local council but there is no any advisor that I can speak with. In the council itself no one couldn’t advice me except to make a challenge for the ticket. Please if someone can advice I really do not know what should I do. I understand that I have made a mistake, however I was not aware that I own money in the council. Apologies in advance if my writing is a bit messy, it’s so frustrating all this for me
Desi - 2-Mar-18 @ 10:17 PM
Hi, I think I may have driven through a red light and got flashed (i think), it had only just changed to red but I did speed up slightly am I 100% going to get a NIP? Or is there any leeway
Sarah2626 - 23-Feb-18 @ 10:29 AM
jet - Your Question:
It is 20th February 2018 and I have just recieved two bus lane fines where the contravention was on the 9th December and the 11th December. 2017 (Over two months!) They say I have not paid and the fines are increasing by 50 % but they did not send any previous charges at any point. Do I have to pay?

Our Response:
Ask them if they have any proof of posting/sending the initial penalty notices first of all. They may have photographic evidence etc. Are you are the registered keeper of the vehicle?
NoPenaltyPoints - 21-Feb-18 @ 11:42 AM
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