What you need to do next
Step One – Receiving your Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP)
The combined Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and requirement under s172 RTA 1988 to provide details as to the driver is the first letter you will receive if you are the registered keeper of the vehicle that was recorded by the safety camera. You are required by law to complete the document to provide details of the driver at the time of the alleged offence, and return it within 28 days.
It is an offence not to provide the information required and you will be prosecuted if you do not do so. Click on the link below for answers to frequently asked questions about the NIP.
Step two – Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty Notice
If you have completed the document in the allotted time and have identified yourself as the driver at the time of the offence, you will be notified of how prosecution will proceed.
A Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued. If you take up the offer this means that the matter could be dealt with without a court hearing. Instead you can opt to pay a fine, and your driving licence record would be endorsed with three penalty points. You should make payment (online, by telephone or by post) and submit your driving licence by post to the address specified within 28 days.
If you already have nine penalty points or more, or if you did not have a valid driving licence at the time of the offence, you will not be able to take up the Conditional Offer, and the matter will be dealt with directly by the courts.
Where the offence is considered to be too serious to be dealt with by way of a Conditional Offer, a summons would be issued and the matter dealt with by the courts.
You may wish to contest the allegation at court, which is your right. However, if found guilty the Magistrates may impose a fine of up to £1,000, endorse your licence with up to six penalty points, and you may have to pay court costs too.
If you fail to respond to the NIP or the Conditional Offer within the allotted time, a summons will be issued and you may be required to attend a Magistrate’s Court.
Click on the links below for guidance on how to fill in the combined NIP/s172 and Conditional Offer forms. Please note that this is general information only - always consult a solicitor for more specific advice.