What to do if you've received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) or a Community Speed Watch letter. 

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An officer stopped me and issued me with a notice / receipt.

The notice/receipt is a Notice of Intended Prosecution.

You'll need to respond to the NIP within 28 days from the date it was issued to you.

To accept the NIP, you need to complete Section A on the back of the form and return this within 28 days of the date shown on the NIP to:

Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership
PO Box 2117
Stafford
ST16 9ZR


Please note: If you don't do this you could be fined up to £1,000; receive six penalty points and/or be disqualified from driving. 

Once your response is received and processed you'll receive a second letter called a 'conditional offer of fixed penalty.' 

If you're eligible to attend a Speed Awareness Course, you'll be offered the opportunity to attend a course. 

Courses are available throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland and a full list of course providers is sent out with the conditional offer letters.  If you have lost this or need further information, you can call 0300 111 8012 for further help.

Full details of how to book and pay for the course will be included with the conditional offer letter.

If you are not eligible for a course, or if you prefer to pay the fixed penalty fine and accept points on your licence instead, full details of how to pay the fine to the Fixed Penalty Office of HM Courts and Tribunal Service will also be included in the letter.

Please note: If you accept the NIP, you must return the completed notice to us by post as we cannot currently accept these electronically.

 

Disputing the NIP

You may dispute the NIP by requesting a court hearing. To do this you must first complete Section A on the back of the NIP and add a covering letter to say that you wish for the matter to proceed to court.

Send these documents to:

Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership
PO Box 2117
Stafford
ST16 9ZR


Once your request is received and processed you'll receive a letter confirming the hearing date at court with a form to complete. 

In the form you will be able to write down any information or evidence that you would like the Magistrates to consider when reaching their decision.

You're not required to attend the hearing, unless you wish to, but in some cases the Magistrates might insist that you are there. 

Please note: If you're found guilty of the offence, you'll have to pay a fine and may also have to pay court costs and prosecution costs in accordance with the Magistrates Court Act 1980. The total cost could be a lot higher than the fixed penalty notice.