Notice of Intended Prosecution

A Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) is normally served for speeding offences. What if the NIP arrived late?

By law you are also required to have notice served on the following offences, Dangerous or careless driving/cycling, Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous place, Failing to conform with the indication of a police officer directing traffic or with a traffic sign.

The general rule is that a Notice of Intended Prosecution should be served within 14 days. There are however exceptions to this rule which are discussed further on our NIP Guide page with more information on how the 14 days is calculated.

It’s been 14 days and I haven’t received anything?

Moving house or buying a new car can delay the notice getting to you. If you had been driving a hire or company car a NIP can take weeks or in some cases months to reach you. The Police have to show that the notice was served with 14 days of the offence, they don’t have to show you actually received it. Always keep the envelope when you have received the notice as proof of when the notice was posted.

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