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post #9 of (permalink) Old 5th April 2006
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As Selwonk says, a copper with a handheld unit will usually stop you on the spot (or have a colleague further down the road waiting to do exactly that.) But there are handheld camera units these days, so it's not beyond the realms of possibility that they've snapped your pic to send you a NIP in the post.

If they're going to prosecute, then they have to notify the registered keeper within 14 days of the offence taking place. If a NIP arrives outside of that period, check the postmark. Sometimes they will chance it and send out a NIP well after the 14 day period has expired. If they do, then you have the pleasure of writing back and telling them what they can do with it (don't just ignore it.)

It's more of a worry if you have a leased car or were driving a rental car. The NIP may come through to the owners within 14 days, but they can take as long as they want to forward it to you. What's more, they tend not to give you the opportunity to challenge the ticket, and often add their own admin costs on top of the fine.
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