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COFPN...seven months
aspar
post Thu, 13 Jun 2019 - 07:39
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A friend has just received a COFPN for a speeding offence. Offence date was seven months ago; so I believe the offence has 'timed out'.

Query is ..what do we do with the COFPN? It says we need to write to the FPU if we want to request a court hearing....It also says '28 days to repkly or court proceedings may be taken'...

I THINK that we just don't reply and then await what they do. If they issue summons we say 'timed out' and they drop it.

Advice/confirmation much appreciated.
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post Thu, 13 Jun 2019 - 08:44
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They have to commence proceedings within 6 months of the offence.

So if a CoFP has been issued for a speeding offence outside this timeframe (or indeed if the suspended period goes past this date) then it can simply be ignored.

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RK=Registered Keeper, OP=Original Poster (You!), CoFP=Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty, NtK=Notice to Keeper, NtD=Notice to Driver
PoFA=Protection of Freedoms Act, SAC=Safety Awareness Course, NIP=Notice of Intended Prosecution, ADR=Alternative Dispute Resolution
PPC=Private Parking Company, LBCCC=Letter Before County Court Claim, PII=Personally Identifiable Information

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post Thu, 13 Jun 2019 - 11:01
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QUOTE (aspar @ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 - 08:39) *
A friend has just received a COFPN for a speeding offence. Offence date was seven months ago; so I believe the offence has 'timed out'.

Query is ..what do we do with the COFPN? It says we need to write to the FPU if we want to request a court hearing....It also says '28 days to repkly or court proceedings may be taken'...

I THINK that we just don't reply and then await what they do. If they issue summons we say 'timed out' and they drop it.

Advice/confirmation much appreciated.


Send three and fourpence, we're going to a dance.

There is no such thing as a COFPN. What else was lost in translation?


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post Thu, 13 Jun 2019 - 11:02
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Has he previously had a request to identify the driver?
What is the document actually called? If it is only a CoFP it can be ignored, but there is a type of all-encompassing document used in some areas, and if it includes a s.172 request then that must be responded to.


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post Thu, 13 Jun 2019 - 12:13
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QUOTE (andy_foster @ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 - 12:01) *
QUOTE (aspar @ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 - 08:39) *
A friend has just received a COFPN for a speeding offence. Offence date was seven months ago; so I believe the offence has 'timed out'.

Query is ..what do we do with the COFPN? It says we need to write to the FPU if we want to request a court hearing....It also says '28 days to repkly or court proceedings may be taken'...

I THINK that we just don't reply and then await what they do. If they issue summons we say 'timed out' and they drop it.

Advice/confirmation much appreciated.


Send three and fourpence, we're going to a dance.

There is no such thing as a COFPN. What else was lost in translation?


My bad....the letter is actually titled "Conditional Offer Of Fixed Penalty Notice"...and since many acronyms drop 'connecting' words, I thought COFPN was what it was.

I'm guessing you're saying it should be COOFPN.....but I don't recall seeing that anywhere??



QUOTE (Logician @ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 - 12:02) *
Has he previously had a request to identify the driver?
What is the document actually called? If it is only a CoFP it can be ignored, but there is a type of all-encompassing document used in some areas, and if it includes a s.172 request then that must be responded to.


Yes they did, and they complied.

No s172 mention....simply two sections...1, making payment and 2 surrendering your driving licence [strange how the money bit comes first!!]
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post Thu, 13 Jun 2019 - 12:20
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Most areas call it a Conditional offer of a Fixed Penalty, I don’t know why they would add Notice at the end as it’s simply not true as no Fixed Penalty Notice is or will be offered. A CoFP being very different to a FPN (which requires the licence to be surrendered before it can be issued).


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Thanks everyone...invaluable as usual!!!
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