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Hello, this is Jim and I am a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and Republic of Ireland) and happy to help you today.
Unfortunately it can. With hire or leased vehicles the NIP's can take weeks if not months to arrive. All the Police have to show is they posted the NIP to the registered keeper of the vehicle within 14 days of the alleged offence for the NIP to be valid/in time. They can take up to 6 months in some cases - so unfortunately the NIP would still be valid unless the hire company didn't receive it until after 14 days (and assuming the DVLA details were updated with their vehicle and address, etc).
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