NIP Rules - Notice of Intended Prosecution
I have recently received a NIP from the Camera Processing Unit xl alleging that I exceeded the 70 mph speed limit
On x/2010 at x >> x the driver of motor vehicle x did exceed 70 mph speed limit on dual carriageway (manual detection) contrary to S89(1) RTRA 84 Sch 2 RTOA 88. The recorded speed was 83mph.
The car is not an SL - it is an S Class - a completely different car - two more doors for a start (however in mitigation mine is a long wheelbase version - which could account for the 'L')
The car is not registered to me and the registered keeper has already sent back a similar form naming me as the 'assigned'.
The NIP is not signed by any person or body. It is from the Camera Processing Unit crest on it.
Within the text of the note are the words: 'This notice is issued for and on behalf of the Chief Constable of the x' - however no managers name or any other details - in other words this NIP is not signed and it is not from a Police Authority.
Am I liable to prosecution under S 172 if I don't send it back as I am not the registered keeper and that person has already complied by sending my details?
If I ignore it - what might happen next? Will they go back to the registered keeper?
Is the wording of the NIP legal? It could have come from anyone.
Whilst x Police appear to offer 'safe speed' courses as an option to prosecution (and I am within ACPO guidelines at 83) the Safety camera Partnership element only offers these to people caught exceeding the 30 mph limit by up to 9 mph - which seems not only discriminatory (we are all equal under the law) but stupid as such offenders stand a much greater chance of killing or injuring someone than those of us on dual carriageways!
This is a pity as I was looking forward to attending one of these courses - can I negotiate with them??!
The points issue is not a big deal - my last were in 1993 - it's as always the principle - especially as the Conservatives said they'd raise the national limit to 80 if elected - I'd have been alright then !
Your advice and opinions welcomed.
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