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If you have been accused of committing a driving offence without being pulled over, the police have, in the vast majority of cases, up to 14 days to inform you that you have been accused of the offence. For free initial advice call our 24/7 helpline 0203 816 9274.
Typically this will occur for moving traffic offences such as speeding or contravening a traffic signal. The most common way for the police to issue a charge is a notice of intended prosecution (NIP). If you receive a notice of intended prosecution after the 14 day period the prosecution of the offence will usually be void however; if the vehicle in question was involved in an accident the 14 day limit for a notice of intended prosecution to be issued is lifted.
The notice of intended prosecution or section 172 notice gives the registered keeper of the vehicle 28 days to provide information regarding the identity of the driver on the date and time the offence occurred. If driver details are not provided within this period an offence has been committed and a charge of failing to provide driver details will have been committed, this offence carries a punishment of 6 penalty points and a fine of up to £1,000.