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What is the Time Period for Issue of a Motor Ticket

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 17 Nov 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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Skrt - Your Question:
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Our Response:
The maximum time in which further action can be initiated by the police is 6 months. You usually tend to hear within 28 days if the case is not going to proceed to court.
NoPenaltyPoints - 29-Aug-18 @ 3:42 PM
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Skrt - 28-Aug-18 @ 1:29 PM
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Rico - 20-Aug-18 @ 8:26 PM
Oddjob - Your Question:
Hi allIn was pulled over today by the police after being caught using my mobile phone whilst driving. After going through all of the initial checks, the officer wrote it up. I was not given any paperwork by the officers. Should I have received something?What is the process now? Should I be concerned that I received no paperwork from the officers?

Our Response:
You don't need to have received any paperwork. The police have up to 6 months to initiate further action.
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Aug-18 @ 11:52 AM
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Oddjob - 11-Aug-18 @ 9:26 PM
Nickdm - Your Question:
Hi, I got stopped for checking my phone whilst in traffic nearly 2 months ago.The copper gave me a paper ticket but I havnt had anything in the post as yet.Should I still be nervous?Many thanks

Our Response:
The police actually have up to 6 months in which to take further action.
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-Aug-18 @ 12:29 PM
Harps - Your Question:
Hey, I was issued a NIP and I have just received a reminder letter, however I was never sent the first letter. Does the 14 day rule apply? If so, what do I do now? Also, where is the information on this website from? Thank you

Our Response:
Unfortunately if the police can prove the initial letter was sent out, there's not much you can do about this and the 14 day rule will not apply. The information on this site is mostly using legislation, police and government websites.
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-Aug-18 @ 11:27 AM
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Nickdm - 9-Aug-18 @ 8:41 AM
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Mark - Your Question:
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Our Response:
No the 14 day rule will not apply in this case.
NoPenaltyPoints - 31-Jul-18 @ 12:04 PM
Was - Your Question:
Hi,I was stopped 4 weeks and 4 days ago for going through a red light. (Just)I have had a letter now saying about a course or points. Are they over the time to still take action or is there no time limit?Many thanks

Our Response:
No, the 14 day rule doesn't apply if you are stopped at the time of the offence. It is only relevant if an NIP has to be sent to identify the driver.
NoPenaltyPoints - 30-Jul-18 @ 1:58 PM
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Mark - 30-Jul-18 @ 12:26 PM
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Was - 27-Jul-18 @ 12:14 PM
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KGeorge - 11-Jun-18 @ 8:02 PM
Muks - Your Question:
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Our Response:
You may receive a fixed penalty notice or court summons if your details were taken at the time.If not, you may receive an NIP through the post asking to confirm you were the driver of the vehicle.
NoPenaltyPoints - 22-May-18 @ 2:56 PM
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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
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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
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