The Form - Notice Of Intended Prosecution
This page provides you with guidance on how to fill out the Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) form correctly and other useful information you may need to know.
If you have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution through the post, you will need to complete the form and return it to the Dorset Police Central Ticket Office. Completing this form and signing it is a legal requirement under Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Before you get started on your Notice of Intended Prosecution form, there are a few important points to note;
- Complete the form using BLOCK CAPITALS - putting one character in each box
- The form consists of three pages, only page 3 has to be completed, signed and returned to the Central Ticket Office
- Page 3 must be completed, signed and returned ONLY by the person or company to whom it is addressed.
- As the recipient of the notice, you are required under Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act, 1988, to provide the requested information by completion of the response section which must be signed. Failure to do so within the time limit specified on the attached document will render you liable for prosecution.
How To Complete Each Section Of The Form
Part 1 - To be completed if you WERE the driver of the vehicle at the time of the alleged offence.
1. If you were the driver complete Part 1 by ticking the 'yes' box.
2. You will then need to place a tick in the 'yes' box of either;
Part 1a - if you would like to be considered for the fixed penalty procedure OR
Part 1b - if you would like the matter dealt with by way of a Court Hearing
3. Once you have ticked box 1a or 1b, fill in your Driver Number (found on your driving licence)
4. Then fill in your date of birth and sign the form.
5. You only need to complete 1c if your details on the Notice Of Intended Prosecution are incorrect
6. Return the form to Dorset Police Central Ticket Office, Headquarters, Winfrith, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8DZ
Part 2 - Only to be completed if you WERE NOT the driver at the time of the alleged offence.
1. Complete section 2 by nominating who the driver was at the time of the alleged offence.
2. You must then sign the Notice of Intended Prosecution - DO NOT PASS THE FORM TO ANYONE, the form has to be completed by you.
3. Return the Notice of Intended Prosecution to the Dorset Police Central Ticket Office
The Dorset Police Central Ticket Office will then issue a new Notice of Intended Prosecution to the driver you nominated.
PLEASE NOTE - Failure on the part of the registered keeper to provide information on the identity of the driver at the time of an offence could result in prosecution with a maximum financial penalty of £1000, an endorsement of 6 penalty points and possible driving disqualification.
A person who knowingly provides the Police with false information as to the driver of their vehicle or the whereabouts of their vehicle commits a crime of attempting to pervert the course of justice or perverting the course of justice. This is a far more serious crime than the original offence and can carry a prison sentence.
The Notice of Intended Prosecution is required to establish who the driver was at the time of the offence. Therefore, payment and driving licence documents are not required at this stage. PLEASE DO NOT SEND THESE WITH YOUR NOTICE OF INTENDED PROSECUTION RESPONSE. You will be advised in writing of the next step by the Dorset Police Central Ticket Office.
Company or hire company
If a company or Hire company has received the NIP, it is the responsibility of the Company Director / Secretary to complete this document, not the driver concerned, DO NOT PASS THE FORM TO WHO YOU THINK WAS DRIVING. If you are the company director or Secretary then you will need to complete Part 2 nominating who was driving at the time of the alleged offence and return the form to Dorset Police Central Ticket Office, who will issue a new NIP to the nominated driver.
You should supply the residential address of the individual and not a c/o address. Please check that your address records are correct before completion of the document.
Driving Licence Details
It is vital that you supply the correct driver number by entering the details onto the Notice of Intended Prosecution. If you do not hold a DVLA Swansea issued licence then please supply a photocopy of your licence in addition to completing the Notice Of Intended Prosecution.
If you have lost or mislaid your licence we advise you to apply immediately for a replacement. Forms can be obtained from the Post Office giving you full details of how to obtain a replacement licence.
If you have 9 penalty points or more
If you were the driver at the time of the offence and have 9 or more valid penalty points on your licence, the Fixed Penalty Scheme cannot be entered into and a court hearing will be arranged for the matter to be dealt with. However, you must still complete this notice.
Video &/or photographic evidence
This is not supplied as a matter of routine, however it may be used in any subsequent court hearing.
If you still have any queries please contact the Central Ticket Office on (01305) 227549.