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Sirs, I receive a NIP dated 25.06.14 on 30.06.14 for an alledged speeding offence committed on 21.05.14.....I wrote to Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership on 26.06.04 pointing out that the notice was issued outside the requisite time.....They promptly wrote back claiming that they had notified the "registered keeper" within the timescale allowed. I had aquired the vehicle on the 06.05.14 from a trade dealer....In their letter the SSRP stated that they had been advised (presumedly by the previous owner) that I was the driver....he could not have known this. The SSRP claim that the NIP was issued on 21.05.14....the day of the offence which they state was at 20:41....is that likely ? I have a clean driving liceence and the speed recorded was 38 MPH. Is it worth while pursueing this matter or should I just go on a speed awareness course ? Yours, John XXXXXXX.
The alledged offence occured at 20:41 hrs. The notice would have had to have been issued during the following 3 hrs 19 mins. Possible I suppose if the system is totaly automated including download of camera info ?
I was driving and recall the camera flash....my point is that the authorities did not comply with the notification requirements....the first I knew of thier intention to prosecute was in thier NIP which arrived with me over 4 weeks after the offence....I don't think that they issued the notice to the previous keeper when they claim ie. within 4 hrs of the alleged offence....the speed camera is a Gatso type which, as I understand it, requires manual downloading of film, manual scrutiny of the imagery, keeper check with the DVLA and dispatch of the notice...not in 4 hrs in the late evening I'm sure.
The issue here is not whether an offence was committed but was due proceedure adhered to.
That's fair enough.....I'm sure you are right....I did commit the offence...just hoped I could keep my clean licence on a "technicality".
Suppose I can by going on the speed awareness course....I believe they're quite good.
I've already rated your service....somewhat concerned that I will incure further costs if I rate again...the site isn't at all clear on this....I have paid £47.00....OK with that but NO MORE.
Further to your reply advising me that I need to do nothing else I have received at least 5 e-mails asking me to rate your service....I suspect that somewhere, somehow this is away to get more money !
Perhaps be a good idea for you to look into it from the clients point of view.