Speeding ticket

I’ve seen the recent article in the sun about fighting speeding tickets if they arrive after 14 days but I have a question I can’t find the answer to. I was caught speeding late November (21st I think) 6 days later my leasing company received the ticket (charged me £10 admin, nice) and told the police that I was the driver … it’s now the 20th of December and I’ve heard nothing they’ve had my name for more than 14 days … does the same apply and could I challenge the delay in court?

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  • caprikid1
    caprikid1 Posts: 2,130 Forumite
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    6 months to prosecute I believe.
  • DB1904
    DB1904 Posts: 1,240 Forumite
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    I’ve seen the recent article in the sun about fighting speeding tickets if they arrive after 14 days but I have a question I can’t find the answer to. I was caught speeding late November (21st I think) 6 days later my leasing company received the ticket (charged me £10 admin, nice) and told the police that I was the driver … it’s now the 20th of December and I’ve heard nothing they’ve had my name for more than 14 days … does the same apply and could I challenge the delay in court?
    No, the 14 day rule only applies to the registered keeper. 
  • DB1904 said:

    No, the 14 day rule only applies to the registered keeper. 
    This.  As long as the lease company received the NIP within the 14 day period then you can't get off on that technicality.
  • Jenni_D
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    edited 20 December 2021 at 12:15PM
    You may recall a case about David Beckham escaping a prosecution due to the failure of the Police to ensure the NIP arrived within 14 days. This related to a hire (lease?) car ... the reason DB "got off" with it is because the hire company date stamped all incoming mail, and this provided proof that the NIP arrived late.

    In your case you have proof that the NIP arrived in time with the lease company, so the 6 months for prosecution is the time window you now need to work with.

    PS - a £10 admin fee is quite low; many lease companies may charge a lot more. And yes, it'll be in your lease T&Cs that they can do this. ;) 
    Jenni x
  • You can look forward to receiving your own "request for driver's details" in due course. The police will also provide you with your own "Notice of Intended Prosecution" (NIP). There is no legal requirement for them to do this. As above, the first NIP is the only one subject to a time limit and in fact is the only one legally required at all. Subsequent NIPs are provided as a courtesy and because the system that produces the request for driver's details automatically produces a NIP as well (usually printed on the same piece of paper).
  • £10 is quite reasonable. My son was charged £25 by the car hire company to deal with the paper work, and that was 10+ years ago. He lives in the USA, and he didn't hear any more about it..
  • KXL88
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    Yea I lease from Lex Autolease, and it's also £10, previous car they charged £15 not so bad. But for me, I have still yet to receive a 32J fine back in November, they have contacted Lex on time, they have fowarded my details on time, but nothing has arrived in the post yet. I'm just worried, if I will be hit with a massive fine. I've even called Lex, and they advised me to contact the council on their email, and I have about a month ago, still nothing. Me personally I didn't believe that the fine should have stood, since on the video evidence, I was merely merging into ahead only, and never entered the turn lanes (no markers nor islands there either).
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