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Who Do I Ring If I Have Lost My Speeding Ticket?

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Who Do I Ring If I Have Lost My Speeding Ticket?

Q.

I got caught speeding and received my ticket but I have now lost it.

Who do I ring to get another 1 issued? I need to know asap as I think it is almost due.

(Mrs Kelly Spires, 25 September 2008)

A.

The idea of the fixed penalty system is to speed up the paperwork involved and cut down on the number of minor traffic offenders (which includes speeding drivers) ending up in the courts, which wastes their time and ours. The speeding ticket that you received would have given you the option of paying the fixed penalty or appealing against it. This was sent out by the regional police force in the area where you were caught speeding, not the one where you live.

If you have good grounds to appeal against the ticket then you should fill in the details on the back and send it back within 21 days. However, if you can't send it back (because you've lost it) then most forces do send out a reminder. Sometimes people don't receive the first one so the first they know about the offence is the reminder.

Responding Without Appealing

If you don’t want to appeal against the speeding ticket but just want to pay the fine and get it over and done with, then you would normally fill the ticket in and send it back with your licence and a cheque to cover the fine. With speeding the current standard penalty is £60 and three points on your licence, unless you were going much faster than the relevant speed limit. That's why you have to send your licence in, to get the points put on it.

As you haven't got the ticket, you can send all of that into the police force who caught you, if you can find out the right address and person to send it to. But without the ticket, it's not likely you'll remember all the details. It's also a risk to send your licence off into a central police office without the right paperwork as there's a good chance you'll never see it again.

Use the Internet

If you have access to the internet you can look up the regional police offices websites and find out the phone number of the right department at the relevant force. It's likely to be called the Fixed Penalty Unit or the Central Ticket Office, something along those lines.

Give them a ring and explain what's happened. You'll need to give them all your details, the car's details and your best guess as to when the offence was committed. They should be able to look it up on their computer systems and let you know what the deadline is for replying. In most cases they will re-issue the paperwork and give you another chance to pay but they do not have to do this.

Even if the deadline has passed you can still pay the fine and then it will be up to the head of the ticket processing department to decide whether to prosecute or not.

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Eram - Your Question:
Hi I recieved a speeding letter few weeks ago I think. But I wasnt driving my vechile at the time of the offense. I have misplaced the letter that I had to fill in and send bak. What do I do to get a new copy?

Our Response:
You have 28 days in which to return your completed NIP. If it's still within 28 days you may be able to contact the police authority (which issued the NIP) and ask them to send a duplicate.
DrivingExpert - 19-Sep-17 @ 12:32 PM
Hi I recieved a speeding letter few weeks ago I think. But I wasnt driving my vechile at the time of the offense. I have misplaced the letter that I had to fill in and send bak. What do I do to get a new copy?
Eram - 17-Sep-17 @ 6:59 PM
I have lost my letter from a speeding ticket it was a course one I had to go on instead Off getting 3 point
Hammer - 10-Jul-17 @ 3:13 PM
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Roz - 17-Jun-17 @ 2:34 PM
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Aristote - 19-Apr-17 @ 10:14 PM
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Jord - 15-Oct-16 @ 2:32 PM
Hi my son has received a speeding notice is it 3 points no matter how fast he was going, it says he was over by 35 mph in a 30 mph zone how many points will he get and do you think they would offer him a course please.
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leanney88 - Your Question:
Hi,I think I was maybe flashed by a speed camera 2 weeks ago, I have recently changed address so the DVLA has my paperwork to change this over. I have not received anything yet and cannot gain access to my old address. I have emailed the central ticket office for my area but they have not replied and I have been unable to contact them via telephone. Will the police send out a reminder at any point? If my address has changed in the meantime then will the reminder be sent to my new address?Thanks,

Our Response:
Sometimes the DVLA takes a few weeks to update its records, so the police may have your old address. Try contacting the DVLA to find out when your records were changed. In general we advise anyone changing address to have the post forwarded for 6 to 12 months - the Post Office offers this re-direct service for a small charge.
DrivingExpert - 26-Apr-16 @ 11:17 AM
Hi, I think I was maybe flashed by a speed camera 2 weeks ago, I have recently changed address so the DVLA has my paperwork to change this over. I have not received anything yet and cannot gain access to my old address. I have emailed the central ticket office for my area but they have not replied and I have been unable to contact them via telephone. Will the police send out a reminder at any point? If my address has changed in the meantime then will the reminder be sent to my new address? Thanks,
leanney88 - 25-Apr-16 @ 10:42 AM
Khusaain121 - Your Question:
Hi,One of My business cars was flashed speeding in a 40 zone doing 52 however as I was abroad I had received a notice I only saw it 30 days later and now a few days ago I have received a final warning letter now I need to try and identify the driver at the time how long do I have after this final warning letter to respond ?Thanks in advance

Our Response:
Return the form straight away, with name of all the drivers that could possibly have been using the vehicle that day, you could inlcuded a note to show that you have only just recieved it because you've been away and will endeavour to find out who the specific driver was asap. If this is your business, it would be wise to have someone opening business post if you are to be away for more than a few days.
DrivingExpert - 13-Apr-16 @ 12:11 PM
Hi, One of My business cars was flashed speeding in a 40 zone doing 52 however as I was abroad I had received a notice I only saw it 30 days later and now a few days agoI have received a final warning letter now I need to try and identify the driver at the time how long do I have after this final warning letter to respond ? Thanks in advance
Khusaain121 - 12-Apr-16 @ 6:23 AM
@Dorothymantooth. The NIP should eventually find its way to you, but you could contact the police authority to let them know that the DVLA records have been very recently changed.
DrivingExpert - 15-Jun-15 @ 2:26 PM
I was recently caught speeding doing 70mph past a 50mph speed camera. I think the fine has gone to my old address as days after I was caught I changed where my car is registered to my new address. Will I be sent a new fine or will a reminder come to my new address? Or am I going to have to ring someone at the DVLA to send me a new one?
DorothyMantooth - 10-Jun-15 @ 1:53 PM
@sandra. You should get the information off the NIP and call the relevant authority to let them know that you are not in the country at the moment.
DrivingExpert - 20-May-15 @ 12:59 PM
Hi I wonder if you can help me I received a speeding ticket fine through the post It said 24 days to respond to the letter I wish to make payments and go on the speeding course so I don't get any points on my licence But I have mis placed the letter I don't know what to do Regards
Aaijae - 20-May-15 @ 12:23 AM
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sandra - 17-May-15 @ 7:26 AM
@yasamine. If you informed the DLVA of your change of address, any notifications will go to your new address.
DrivingExpert - 25-Feb-15 @ 12:23 PM
I think I may off had a speeding ticket on the m6that went to my old addresshow do I check to make sure I font have any out standing speeding tickets
yasamine - 23-Feb-15 @ 2:01 PM
@mac. It depends which area constabulary issued the NIP I'm afraid (ie. which part of the M20 you were on at the time). So without those details we will not be able to help. Your local constabulary office should be able to point you in the right direction though.
DrivingExpert - 19-Jun-14 @ 12:56 PM
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mac - 19-Jun-14 @ 7:13 AM
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