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No NIP within 14 days

No NIP (notice of intended prosecution) within 14 days leads most drivers to feel that they have escaped prosecution but that is not always the case.

There are a few things that you need to consider. Firstly, are you the registered keeper of the vehicle or is the vehicle leased or a company vehicle?

If you own the vehicle and you are the registered keeper of the vehicle, the notice of intended prosecution should be sent to your registered home address within 14 days of the offence. If you have moved but the notice is sent to your old address the prosecution will often move ahead in your absence. It is extremely important that you keep your V5 up to date and your licence with any change of address.

If the vehicle is lease or hired, the notice of intended prosecution will be sent to the lease/hire company first. This should still be sent within 14 days of the offence. Once this is received by the hire/lease company they will provide the information to the police as to who made the hire/lease agreement. The police will then write to the nominated person (this is usually always after 14 days, and sometimes a few months later), however as long as they have written to the registered keeper within 14 days then there is very little you can do to challenge the service of the notice.