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What to do if you receive notification of a speeding offence (Notice of Intended Prosecution)

A Notice of Intended Prosecution is sent out when a vehicle has been detected driving over the speed limit.  

The law states that the initial notice of intended prosecution is sent within 14 days of the offence.

We send the first Notice to the vehicle’s DVLA registered keeper, who has to identify the driver. You may receive a Notice if the registered keeper has identified you as being the possible driver during the alleged speeding offence.

If you were the driver at the time of the offence, you need to complete section A of the Notice of Intended Prosecution, providing your driving licence number, date of birth and telephone number.

If you were not the driver, you are legally responsible for providing us with the name, address and date of birth of the person who was the driver at the time of the offence in section C of the form.

If you fail to respond you may be prosecuted under section 172 of the Road Traffic Act of 1988 which can incur 6 points and a £1000 fine.

In all cases, return your Notice to:

Lincolnshire Police
Traffic Process Unit
PO Box 999

If you receive a Notice after the 14 day period

If you believe that the notice has been served outside the 14 day period you should still make a response to the notice as instructed. 

You should respond within 28 days from the date printed on the notice to ensure it is dealt with promptly.

Receiving a Notice for a previously-owned vehicle

You will receive a notice if you are the current or last-known registered keeper of the vehicle according to DVLA records at the time the alleged offence was processed.

It is your responsibility to notify the DVLA when you dispose of your vehicle. You should complete the notice with the details of who you sold the vehicle (complete sections B & C). If you haven’t already, you should ensure that you have updated the DVLA. 

Notify DVLA that you have sold, transferred or bought a vehicle.

Not sure who was driving at the time of offence?

As the registered keeper/nominated driver it is your legal responsibility to provide the details of the driver at the time of the offence. You can request photographs where there is a genuine driver identification issue and the images can aid identification.  However, the photograph may only show the rear of the vehicle and may not assist with identification.  It is still the responsibility of the registered keeper/nominated driver to identify the person driving. 

If you wish to request photographs you can email tpu@lincs.pnn.police.uk quoting your reference number.

Options available for the driver

If you were the driver there are three ways in which we can deal with the offence.   

  • Speed Awareness Course (dependent on the speed at the time of offence and if you have attended one before)
  • Fixed penalty and fine
  • Court hearing

You will be notified of which options are available to you once an admission has been received.

Speed awareness course

If you have been offered this option you will receive instructions on how to contact a national provider to book a course. You will need to contact your chosen provider to find out their fee and payment options.

Fixed penalty fine and penalty points

If you have been given the option of a Fixed Penalty, you will need to pay the fine before sending your licence off to be endorsed.

You can pay online or over the phone by using the options below:

  • penaltynotice.direct.gov.uk  
  • 24 hour automated payment line 0300 1231 481
  • Cheques or postal orders (must be made payable to HMCTS with your notice number written on the reverse)

Once you have paid the fine, you must send your driving licence and the completed form to:

Regional Fixed Penalty Office
PO Box 10066
LE11 9HB

Due to high demand, the waiting time for the return of licences is currently up to four weeks from receipt.

Court Hearing

Depending on the speed you were travelling at the time of the offence, the case may be referred to the Magistrates Court.  You will be sent paperwork in order to make a plea and submit any mitigation to the Magistrates for consideration.


If you cannot comply with the options offered you must contact us as soon as possible so we can assist you.

Appealing the decision

The Traffic Process Team cannot overturn a decision therefore will not consider appeal letters.

However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you feel need to be considered you should select a court hearing (from the options as outlined below) to provide mitigation to the Magistrates for consideration.

In this instance costs may be awarded against you by the court and you may incur more penalty points.  

What are the speed limits?

The speed limits can be found by visiting the gov.uk website.

Who operates the cameras in Lincolnshire?

All cameras in Lincolnshire are operated and maintained by the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, information and copies of calibration certificates can be found on their website www.roadlincs.com.

More help and support

Traffic Process Team
Lincolnshire Police
PO Box 999
Tel: 101 (option 2)
Email: tpu@lincs.pnn.police.uk  

28 Dec 18 11:51 AM

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