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What is the Time Period for Issue of a Motor Ticket

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 22 Oct 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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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
Hi I 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?
shazzy - 22-Oct-17 @ 11:18 PM
Hi I was pulled over driving to my girlfriends carto 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 likea 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?
Cleaver01 - 21-Oct-17 @ 10:20 AM
Jaz - Your Question:
In the early hours of this morning I had to rush my fiancé into hospital as he’d had a bleed. I went through 2 red lights (cautiously). I’m am very worried about the consequences. Please could you advise

Our Response:
This is not always accepted as a defence unfortunately for you. In an emergency, you are expected to call an ambulance. Emergency vehicle drivers are trained and have the necessary equipment (flashing lights/sirens etc) to facilitate driving through traffic lights and busy junctions.
NoPenaltyPoints - 20-Oct-17 @ 3:16 PM
Had a new company car on the 15th September Was 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
millie - 20-Oct-17 @ 7:54 AM
In the early hours of this morning I had to rush my fiancé into hospital as he’d had a bleed. I went through 2 red lights (cautiously). I’m am very worried about the consequences. Please could you advise
Jaz - 18-Oct-17 @ 2:47 PM
Rinde - Your Question:
I have just received in the post a notification that on 26/06/17 I stayed in a Tesco car park for 3 hours 39 mins, 39 minutes longer the free parking. There's photographic evidence and I'm not disputing the alleged offence but its taken nearly four months to be notified and yet I'm given only 14 days to pay a reduced fine. Is there a time limit to when to fine is voided if not issued immediately?

Our Response:
If a private parking company issues a ticket by post alone, they have to do it within 14 days of the incident.
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-Oct-17 @ 11:35 AM
I have just received in the post a notification that on 26/06/17 I stayed in a Tesco car park for 3 hours 39 mins, 39 minutes longer the free parking.There's photographic evidence and I'm not disputing the alleged offence but its taken nearly four months to be notified and yet I'm given only 14 days to pay a reduced fine.Is there a time limit to when to fine is voided if not issued immediately?
Rinde - 13-Oct-17 @ 12:25 PM
Hi! I was slowing to stop at a Red light which then changed to Red-Amber, as I saw Amber, I came off the brake and started to accelerate - as I crossed the line the light went Green and the red light camera flashed twice... Should I expect a fine and points...? Thanks, Bradley
bradleylawrence_ - 4-Oct-17 @ 12:05 AM
Mambo- Your Question:
I received a parking ticket for the 18th of September and the picture on the ticket shows the the back of my car and number plates visible driving off the car park but the date and time on the ticket, my wife had the car all day at work 5 miles away, how is that possible and should I pay the ticket, if so why?how do I solve it?

Our Response:
Write to the parking operator, tell them you weren't there on that day and have evidence of that. Ask them for more details as your vehicle reg may have been cloned and you want to report it to the police. Chances are if they've got the date wrong, they'll not follow it up anyway. If the date is right and your car definitely wasn't there, it should be quite easy to prove this (your wife's employer for example).
NoPenaltyPoints - 3-Oct-17 @ 2:45 PM
I received a parking ticket for the 18th of September and the picture on the ticket shows the the back of my car and number plates visible driving off the car park but the date and time on the ticket, my wife had the car all day at work 5 miles away, how is that possible and should I pay the ticket, if so why?.how do I solve it?
Mambo - 1-Oct-17 @ 7:10 PM
Donna - Your Question:
My husband was caught doing 50 in a 30 zone and received the NIP within 14days and responded back immediately. It has now been a further 14 days. He has 3 points. Do you have any advice on possible consequences and timescales please? Thanks

Our Response:
The police actually have up to 6 months in which to initiate further action. Travelling at 50mph in a 30mph zone would usually result in a court summons.
NoPenaltyPoints - 29-Sep-17 @ 11:45 AM
My husband was caught doing 50 in a 30 zone and received the NIP within 14days and responded back immediately. It has now been a further 14 days. He has 3 points. Do you have any advice on possible consequences and timescales please? Thanks
Donna - 27-Sep-17 @ 2:39 PM
djsm1ddy - Your Question:
Brought a new car on 29th July. Went to a party the same day. My wife drove home. Got flashed by a static camera. No fine through the post. Received a reminder notification today (8th Sept) asking for details of the driver. Bearing in mind we never received the first notification, can I contest this? Presumably it went to the dealer who I got the car from>

Our Response:
No, if you are not the registered keeper at the time the police send the NIP ( DVLA records are not always updated immediately) then the 14 day rule will not apply.
NoPenaltyPoints - 11-Sep-17 @ 11:12 AM
Brought a new car on 29th July. Went to a party the same day. My wife drove home. Got flashed by a static camera. No fine through the post. Received a reminder notification today (8th Sept) asking for details of the driver. Bearing in mind we never received the first notification, can I contest this? Presumably it went to the dealer who I got the car from>
djsm1ddy - 8-Sep-17 @ 1:26 PM
Jen - Your Question:
NIP for an offence on 22nd January 2017 for speeding on a dual carriageway received and returned immediately confirming details. Nothing heard since and it's now September, is there a reason for this and is it now forgotten or out of time?

Our Response:
The police have 6 months in which to initiate further action, so it's possible that they've decided not to proceed. There's a possibility that some correspondence has gone astray, so you could always ask about it just to check.
NoPenaltyPoints - 8-Sep-17 @ 10:54 AM
I was driving towards a set of lights on amber and it went red at the last second as I went over what are my chances
John - 7-Sep-17 @ 10:32 PM
In november 2016 the police charged me with careless driving they stopped me on the road and issued a slip which i refused to take its been 11 months and i havnt heard anything back yet can they still do something
Ryan - 7-Sep-17 @ 9:53 AM
NIP for an offence on 22nd January 2017 for speeding on a dual carriageway received and returned immediately confirming details. Nothing heard since and it's now September, is there a reason for this and is it now forgotten or out of time?
Jen - 7-Sep-17 @ 8:13 AM
Rob - Your Question:
I was driving on the wrong side of the road don't think there was any cameras but went through traffic lights what will happen to me if anyone knows ?

Our Response:
If your vehicle was captured on camera, you could be penalised for running a red light but also for careless driving. Assuming you are the registered keeper of the vehicle and your details have not changed recently, you should hear within 14 days of the offence.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Sep-17 @ 10:59 AM
I was driving on the wrong side of the road don't think there was any cameras but went through traffic lights what will happen to me if anyone knows ?
Rob - 2-Sep-17 @ 4:25 PM
My car was flashed by a static speed camer at 72 in a 60 on the 2/8/2017at 2am the Nip was delivered to me on the 22/8/2017 I am the registered keeper and same address. Should I accept it or send it back? Al so the NIP is dated 21/8/2017. Any advice?Colin archer
Archie - 24-Aug-17 @ 9:15 AM
Armz - Your Question:
I've done around 65mph on a 50mph dual carriageway and felt like I got flashed by a speed camera. I done it on 8th August around 1am. It's now 22nd August. Am I in the clear? Or the letter can still come?

Our Response:
Assuming you are the registered keeper of the vehicle and have not moved home/changed vehicles recently, you should receive an NIP within 14 days. It should be dated on or before 23rd August 2017.
NoPenaltyPoints - 23-Aug-17 @ 2:39 PM
I've done around 65mph on a 50mph dual carriageway and felt like I got flashed by a speed camera. I done it on 8th August around 1am. It's now 22nd August. Am I in the clear? Or the letter can still come?
Armz - 22-Aug-17 @ 2:32 PM
Chnook - Your Question:
Iv jyst recieved a speeding fine on 10th august but the offence was on the 27th june.it was a hertz hire van.what rights do I have

Our Response:
The 14 day rule does not apply in this instance as you were not the registered keeper of the vehicle.
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-Aug-17 @ 2:20 PM
Iv jyst recieved a speeding fine on 10th august but the offence was on the 27th june.it was a hertz hire van.what rights do i have
Chnook - 15-Aug-17 @ 2:10 AM
Andy - Your Question:
My friend drove through an amber light in his hgv class 1 but had to ho through a set on red because they were so close to the 1st set that if he stopped he would have blocked the road,this happened around may 11th & he has heard nothing yet,is it past the time where he can get an NIP

Our Response:
The registered keeper of the vehicle must receive the NIP within 14 days of the offence. If he is not the registered keeper (e.g it's a company vehicle), he should contact them and see if they've received anything.
NoPenaltyPoints - 30-Jun-17 @ 12:55 PM
My friend drove through an amber light in his hgv class 1 but had to ho through a set on red because they were so close to the 1st set that if he stopped he would have blocked the road,this happened around may 11th & he has heard nothing yet,is it past the time where he can get an NIP
Andy - 29-Jun-17 @ 6:17 PM
Sutchy - Your Question:
I was caught and pulled over by an on the spot policeman back in February for doing 52 in a 30, I still haven't heard anything about this since, what is likely that will happen?n

Our Response:
It's likely that you will receive a court summons for this kind of speed. If it goes to court, you can expect a find of between 125 and 175% of your weekly income, plus 6 points or even a short ban. The police have up to 6 months after the offence in which to initiate proceedings.
NoPenaltyPoints - 27-Jun-17 @ 1:49 PM
Bert88 - Your Question:
I received a NIP from the Police with regards to being caught by a Mobile Speed Camera on the 4th of June, and the letter is dated the 22nd of June, I have been reading some stuff on the 14 days rule, does that apply in my case as the letter is dated 18 days after the reported infringement?

Our Response:
If you were not stopped at the time, then an NIP should be issued within 14 days. There are some instances where the 14 day rule cannot be used such as where you're not the registered keeper, you have changed vehicle or address recently etc. See our guide here, for more information
NoPenaltyPoints - 27-Jun-17 @ 12:24 PM
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