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I have been served a speeding NIP. However it took 45 days

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I have been served a speeding NIP.
However it took 45 days to arrive.
Do I fill in all the details and request a court hearing, or do I send a letter explaining.
I don't believe the enforcement unit can stop the action so is the court request my only course of action.
The car was fully registered in my name.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Are you the registered keeper?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Thanks.Does it say reminder on there anywhere?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, it is just a standard NIP.
It does not state reminder at all
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Were you stopped at the scene?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No it was a fixed camera on motorway.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
And it alleges speeding?The DVLA have the correct address for you and your car?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes it's the correct details
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Is this for an offence of speeding?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes it is.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
In that case, on the face of it, they are time barred. They have to issue a NIP within 14 days either verbally or by post. They have not. However, it is important to respond naming the driver. The NIP has to be within 14 days but that doesn't discharge your S172 responsibilities. If you do not name the driver then they will charge you with failing to identify. That is probably what they are hoping you will do. Can I clarify anything for you? Jo
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok, in this case as I name the driver do I then request a court hearing as the other option is to accept the fix penalty which I do not wish to do.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Yes if you are prepared to go to court.Name the driver, reject the fixed penalty and wait for the summons. If they do summons then argue they are time barred.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It does not give you any other option either court or accept the fixed penalty.
Will I need a solicitor in court if they summons, or can I use solicitor in court
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Are you sure this isn't a fixed penalty offer then rather than a nip?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It definitely says notice of intended prosecution.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Does it contain an offer of a fixed penalty?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes it does.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Is there any chance you could scan it and attach it to a post so we can ascertain exactly what it is?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hope you can view that
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
I can only see one page of that but that isn't an offer. That is just a NIP.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry that's everything
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Ok. They are combining the two. I suppose they are free to do that.If you ignore it though they will probably make a fresh offer.Their game is to get you to ignore it so that they can charge you with failing to identify.
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