Ticketing Process

30 Speed Limit sign

Stage 1:

An offending vehicle is caught by an enforcement camera.

Camera image of a vehicle doing 41mph

Stage 2:

The film is developed and viewed by the Police Road Safety Unit.

Reel of film negative being examined

Stage 3:

The film is then read to verify that an offence has been committed and the vehicle registration details are recorded.

Envelope containing Notice of Intended Prosecution

Stage 4:

The registered keeper’s details are obtained from the Police National Computer (PNC) and a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) form is sent to the keeper within 14 days of the offence.

Notice of Intended Prosecution

Stage 5:

The keeper has 28 days to respond to this form. It is the owner’s responsibility to name the driver at the time of the offence. Once the driver has been identified, a Conditional Offer of a £100 fixed penalty and 3 points against the drivers’ licence is sent to the driver. The option of a Speed Awareness Workshop is offered to some drivers as an educational alternative to the fine and points. The course costs £90 and is offered for low level offences. Click the link for more information about Drive Education Workshops.

File being prepared for court

Stage 6:

…or if a fixed penalty is not appropriate, due to the severity of the offence or because the driver has 8 points or more already, then a file is prepared for court.

£60 fixed penalty

Stage 7:

The driver has to send the payment of the fixed penalty and both parts of their driver’s licence to the Fixed Penalty Office (details are on the Ticket Queries page) within the time given. When the penalty is paid and the licence endorsed with 3 points, the case is closed. If the penalty is refused, the case contested or ignored then the case is passed to the Courts and a Summons will be issued.