Imagine a nasty little notice – a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) – has dropped through your letterbox. It claims your car has driven through a red light. Or bust Basildon’s 30mph speed limit. “But I’ve never been to Basildon… honest, bruv!”
Maybe it wasn’t you who jumped the red but as the registered keeper of the motor, you’re responsible for naming whoever was driving the car. You must do this within 28 days. If you don’t, you can expect a fine of £1,000 and six points on your licence.
But if you want to contest the NIP, you’ll need to go to court. Tell the police and they will issue you with a court summons, which states why you want to go to court. Think carefully because going to court is expensive – you’ll have to pay court costs. It’s risky, too. If you lose, you could still be fined up to £1,000 – and have six points slapped on your licence.