Thanksfor the information and the time.
I am sorry but I cannot give you good newsthen. I’m afraid you arein difficulty here.
These fixed penalties are an invention of thepolice. They don’t exist in law. They certainly weren’t provided for by Parliament. The purpose of them is to divert cases fromcourt.
The reality is that, come what may, they didn’t getyour licence so couldn’t add points. Irealise that wasn’t your fault but that doesn’t change the fact. They haveturned to a summons because they only have six months to lay an information orthey will be time barred.
The question is whether you have a defence to thesubstantive charge. If you were going toaccept the FPN then I suppose not.
If you plead guilty thoughand mitigate on the basis that you tried to accept but failed for whateverreason then they may give you a fine of £85 and the surcharge of £15 plus 3points. I have seen magistrates do thatmany times. It can’t be guaranteedthough.
There is one option thatyou could try; I think you were thinking of it anyway. Write to them and declare your ignorance andmake clear it was all your fault and ask them to let you accept the FPN. They can do it when it suits them.
I'msorry this isn't the answer you wanted but it is the position that you face andI have a duty to inform you truthfully.
Hopethis helps. Please let me know if you need more information.