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philo44
NIP Details and Circumstances
What is the name of the Constabulary? -
Date of the offence: - February 2009
Date of the NIP: - 67 days after the offence
Date you received the NIP: - 68 days after the offence
Location of offence (exact location as it appears on the NIP: important): - Nutwell Lane between Parkway and Eastfield Road, Armthorpe
Was the NIP addressed to you? - Yes
Was the NIP sent by first class post, second class or recorded delivery? - First
If your are not the Registered Keeper, what is your relationship to the vehicle? -
How many current points do you have? - 3
Provide a description of events (if you know what happened) telling us as much about the incident as possible - some things that may seem trivial to you may be important, so don't leave anything out. Please do not post personal details for obvious reasons - Caught by a camera in a parked van at the side of the road doing 38mph in a 30mph speed limit.

NIP Wizard Responses
These were the responses used by the Wizard to arrive at its recommendation:
Have you received a NIP? - Yes
Are you the Registered Keeper of the vehicle concerned (is your name and address on the V5/V5C)? - Yes
Did the first NIP arrive within 14 days? - No
Was there a valid reason for the NIP's late arrival? - Unsure
Although you are the Registered Keeper, were you also the keeper of the vehicle concerned (the person normally responsible for it) at the time of the alleged offence? - Yes
Were you driving? - Yes
Which country did the alleged offence take place in? - England

NIP Wizard Recommendation
Based on these responses the Wizard suggested that this course of action should be considered:
  • The law requires you to provide the information requested in the Section 172 notice within the 28 day period, naming yourself as the driver. If you are considering obtaining formal legal advice, do so before returning the notice.

    You should note that there is nothing to be gained by responding any earlier than you have to at any stage of the process. You are likely to receive a Conditional Offer of a Fixed Penalty (COFP) and further reminder(s). If you want to continue the fight, you should ignore all correspondence from the police until you receive a summons. You need to understand from the outset that while you will receive much help and support from members on the forums, you will need to put time and effort into fighting your case and ultimately be prepared to stand up in court to defend yourself.

Generated by the PePiPoo NIP Wizard v3.3.2: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 17:35:25 +0100
southpaw82
Why would they have the wrong address for you?

In any case, if the police could not with reasonable diligence have found your actual address then the 14 day limit does not apply.
philo44
The address listed on my VC5 doc (and hence with the DVLA) is an old address. However, about 6 months back, I was in direct correspondence with the same constabulary regarding another driving offence where their final action in the matter was to send my driving licence back to me at my current address. I'm confused as to why they would not be able to re-contact me at my current address since they had used it recently. Also, even with wrong address isn't 68 days a very, very long time? Would that matter?
Pete D
The V5 address was wrong so the 14 day rule is out of the window. The probable sent a reminder to the ols address as well then with no response check the insurance data base and you present address popped up. Pete D
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