What is a Section 172 Notice?

Our specialist Road Traffic Solicitor, Serena Joshi, answers some of the questions we are frequently asked by drivers who receive a Section 172 Notice.

 

What is a Section 172 Notice?

A Section 172 Notice (Road Traffic Act 1988) is also known as a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP). It is a letter from the police which contains the details of an offence and asks for the details of the driver at the time of the alleged offence.

 

How long do the police have to send a Notice of Intended Prosecution?

The police must send the Notice of Intended Prosecution to the registered keeper of the vehicle within 14 days of the date of the offence.

 

How long do you have to respond to a Notice of Intended Prosecution?

You must respond within 28 days of the date of the Notice.

 

What happens if you don’t respond to a Notice of Intended Prosecution?

You can be charged with the offence of failing to provide the driver’s details.  This offence is punishable with six penalty points and a fine.

 

What will happen after I return a Notice of Intended Prosecution?

The police have a number of options – you may be offered a fixed penalty notice, an opportunity to attend a driver improvement course or you could be summoned to attend the Magistrates Court.

 

I have received a NIP.  What do I do?

Seek expert legal advice straight away.

Our team of specialist lawyers will be able to check the Notice of Intended Prosecution, establish whether you may have a defence and offer clear advice on the correct action to take.

Call us on 0121 726 9116 or alternatively click here to send us a message and one of our specialist Road Traffic lawyers will contact you.