What to do if you receive a speeding ticket/Notice of Intended Prosecution.
Notice of Intended Prosecution
A Notice of Intended Prosecution form is sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle within 14 days of the alleged offence. The form asks if you were the driver of the vehicle and gives you the opportunity to confirm this, or tell us whether someone else was driving, if it was a hire vehicle, if the vehicle had been sold or was owned by someone else at the time of the offence. If it was any of these, you must respond, returning your notice to us and giving us the information, so that we can continue with your options or send a new Notice of Intended Prosecution to the person/company identified.
If you fail to respond to a Notice of Intended Prosecution within the stated time limit or you fail to complete or sign the notice, then a summons can be issued for failing to furnish information and you will be required to attend a Magistrates Court.
What happens next?
If it was you driving, after we have received your completed Notice of Intended Prosecution, there are several options that may be available to you. If you are eligible, you may be offered a speed awareness course as an educational alternative to penalty points and a fine.
If you are not eligible for a speed awareness course, (because you have had one in the last three years, your speed is too high or you have not responded promptly), the next option for you may be a conditional offer of fixed penalty. This offers you the chance to pay a £100 fixed penalty fine and have your licence endorsed with three penalty points.
If you are not eligible for a conditional offer of fixed penalty (because you have more than 8 penalty points valid on your licence or your speed was too high) or you choose to contest the allegation in court, then the matter will be heard by a Magistrates Court. If they find you guilty, you may have to pay several hundred pounds in court costs, up to a maximum fine of £1,000 and possibly receive additional penalty points on your licence.