If you have received a NIP it does not necessarily mean that you are going to face prosecution, but may act as a warning that you may face prosecution.
The NIP must be served to the driver or registered keeper of the offending vehicle within 14 days of the offence. Failure to serve the NIP within this time limit will result in the offence not proceeding at court.
If the details of the driver are not known or cannot be collated, the NIP will be sent to the registered keeper of the offending vehicle.
Frequently asked questions
Why have I received a Notice for a Camera Detected Offence?
The Notice is in line with a Government Strategy to make roads safer for all road users.
Exceeding the speed limit or contravening a red light is an offence for which a fine and points are mandatory. Excessive speed is a contributory factor in many fatal and serious collisions therefore safety cameras are in place to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.
Who should fill in my Notice of Intended Prosecution?
The Notice of Intended Prosecution must be completed by the person named on the document.
The Notice of Intended Prosecution should not be passed to the driver to complete.
In the case of a company, the Notice should be completed by the company secretary or director, nominating the driver.
If the named person is unable to complete the form, i.e. they are abroad please contact us by email email@example.com.
I don’t know who was driving my vehicle
Under Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, it is your responsibility as the registered keeper, hirer or nominee to nominate the driver of the vehicle at any given time. If you are unable to nominate the driver of the vehicle at the time of the offence, you must confirm this in writing to the Camera and Tickets Office.
Please note that failure to provide the full details of the driver is an offence and the matter may then go to Court. If you are convicted, the penalty can be a fine of up to £1000, six penalty points on your driving licence and/or disqualification from driving.
All court hearings will be subject to a Criminal Court Charge of £150.
I don’t have the full name or address of the person who was driving my vehicle
Under Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, if you are unable to provide the full name or address of the driver at the time of the offence, this is an offence in itself and therefore the matter may proceed to Court. If you are convicted, the penalty can be a fine of up to £1000, six penalty points on your driving licence endorsement and/or disqualification from driving. All court hearings will be subject to a Criminal Court Charge of £150.
If you are unable to provide the full name or address of the driver of the vehicle at the time of the offence, you must confirm this in writing to the Camera and Tickets Office.
I received the Notice more than 14 days after the offence, does this invalidate it?
According to the DVLA, the initial Notice of Intended Prosecution must be posted to reach the Registered Keeper of the vehicle, by ordinary post within 14 days of the alleged offence. The registered owner/keeper has the responsibility to ensure all details held by DVLA are correct.
Postal Delay does not necessarily invalidate service of the notice.
The 14 day ruling does not apply to nominated drivers, hirers or new keepers of the vehicle, or where police enquiries find new information following this initial notice.
I think my vehicle has been cloned, what do I do?
For our investigation team to look into this matter, they require photographs of the front, rear and sides of your vehicle as well as a photograph of the vehicle registration plates (front and rear). Please send them to the address on the front of the Notice. We are unable to consider any claims of cloned vehicles without these images.
You may want to contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to inform them you believe your car has been cloned.
Where possible you should email the images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve received a Notice but I’ve sold the vehicle
You must respond to the Notice stating who you sold the vehicle to and providing a copy of the sales invoice, or any other equivalent documents confirming proof of sale. It is not acceptable to inform us you sold the vehicle with no forwarding, or incomplete, new owner details.
The seller of the vehicle is legally required by the DVLA to complete the log book with the new owner’s and previous keeper’s details. If you have not yet updated DVLA or DVLA do not appear to have updated their records, you should write to them.
What happens if I ignore this Notice?
If you fail to respond to the Notice, the matter will be referred to the Magistrates’ Courts for failure to provide the required information, as well as for the original offence.
It should be noted that once at Court, the offence of failing to provide the required information can incur a fine of up to £1000, six penalty points on your driving licence and/or disqualification from driving. All court hearings will be subject to a Criminal Court Charge of £150.
Do I need to send my licence or payment with the Notice?
No. Do not send us your driving licence at this stage, unless you hold a non-UK licence where we ask that a COPY of your licence is sent in with the Notice.
I’ve lost my licence so can’t provide a licence number
Without the correct licence number, we are unable to potentially offer the option of an educational course. If you hold a UK licence, you may be able to request your licence number by contacting the DVLA.
I was the driver, but my driving licence is in a different name to that on the Notice
We are unable to process a response to the Notice if the name on the Notice does not match the name given on the driving licence.
If you have not yet updated your licence to your new name, you need to contact the DVLA to apply for a new licence.
Once you receive your new licence number, you can then complete the Notice and send it to the cameras and tickets office. Please note, the Notice still has to be responded to within the 28 day timescale, as stated on the form.
If your driving licence is in your current name, but the Notice is in a previous name, please complete part one of the Notice and note your current details in part two. We also require evidence of the change of name, so please also forward a COPY of your marriage certificate/deed poll, or other document which confirms the change in name, with your Notice.
What do I do if my photocard is out of date?
There is an expiry date on your photocard, which requires you to apply for a renewed licence on or before that date. You should apply for a renewed licence on or before this date, you should not be driving on an expired photocard licence.
What happens after I have confirmed I was the driver?
Once you have admitted the offence, a document offering you the options available will be issued. This may include the option of accepting the Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty or attending an educational course (this is subject to strict criteria). You can also request to contest the matter or have mitigating circumstances considered in Court, and in certain circumstances you may be referred directly to Court, for example, in high speed offences.
I’ve sent my Notice back but received a reminder
These letters may have crossed in the post, but we would advise you to also complete the reminder and return this to the Camera and Tickets Office, as the first document may not have been delivered. We would recommend you send your completed document by recorded delivery.
I’ve received a reminder but not the original Notice
The original Notice of Intended Prosecution would have been sent first class post via Royal Mail and assumed to have been delivered within two days of leaving the Camera and Tickets Office. Failure of delivery by Royal Mail does not necessarily invalidate service of the Notice.
We would advise that you complete the reminder and return this to the Camera and Tickets Office within the specified time frame.
I have received a Notice for more than one offence, what happens now?
You must respond to each Notice confirming the driver at the time of the alleged offence.
Regrettably, we are unable to consider requests for multiple offences to be dealt with as a single or as a fewer number of offences. Each offence is a separate issue and therefore, must be dealt with as such.
You may wish to request these matters be heard by a Magistrates Court, who can consider the outcomes of multiple offences on the basis of the evidence put before them.
Alternatively, you may be eligible for a course or fixed penalty on these offences.
Please note only one course can be completed within a three year period and, if you are eligible for the course, the offer will be automatically issued.
For Fixed Penalties, please note you can only have up to nine valid points on your driving licence. Details of the available alternatives to Court and how to accept these will be issued on receipt of the completed Notices.
How can I request photographic evidence?
You can request photographic evidence by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. You must provide your Notice number and vehicle registration number, and you must be the person named on the Notice of Prosecution in order to request this evidence.
If you are the person named on the Notice of Intended Prosecution you can log onto our viewing platform https://starportal.access.bch.police.uk/login and see your photographic evidence and calibration certificate. To do this you will need your Notice paperwork which contains the Notice number, VRM and Passcode.
The photos only show the rear of the vehicle, do you have a picture of the driver?
Please be aware that the purpose of the photographic evidence is not to identify the driver but to place the vehicle at the location on the time and date specified on the Notice of Intended Prosecution.
The identification of the driver is the responsibility of the person to whom the Notice has been addressed. Please note, the photographs displayed are the only ones relating to the alleged offence, therefore it is not possible to supply alternative aspect images nor make adjustments to their clarity or exposure in order to identify the driver.
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