If you woke up this morning expecting a plethora of pink envelopes to be delivered through your door you may be feeling a tad disappointed to be greeted by an official looking envelope with the words “Central Ticket Office” glaring at you! If you have been unlucky enough to receive, today of all days, a NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) in the mail, you do have our sympathy.
Let’s say the notice alleges that your vehicle was snapped at 38mph in a 30mph zone and that since you are the registered keeper of the vehicle you will be required to name the driver of the vehicle at the time of the alleged offence. You remember back and it was you driving the car, on your way home from a long day at work. You’re facing 3 points for speeding, or a possible 6 points if you Fail to Furnish driver details. Problem is, you already have 9 points from within the last 3 years and have had the pleasure of attending a speed awareness course last year meaning you can’t go on one again for some time. You don’t want to lose your licence, so you begin to think of some “clever” strategy to get you out of this mess!
Amongst other thoughts whizzing around your brain you keep coming back to the fact that your partner has no points and from memory, the photo of your vehicle is unlikely to be clear to show if it was you or her driving. So you start to think about how you can diplomatically suggest that she can take the rap for this offence. As your plan starts to crystallise, you think to yourself, “it’s no big deal and of course, you’ll make up for it with an extra special Valentine’s gift?”