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Driving offences

Information if you have been notified that you're suspected of committing a driving offence

Parking advice if you live near a school

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We want to let you know what the parking rules are and how we can help to keep the highway clear and ensure the area is safe for pedestrians (especially children), cyclists and drivers.

Parking rules

The road outside your house is usually defined as a 'public highway'. Therefore anyone can legitimately park there but should do so safely, considerately and legally. The introduction of the Traffic Management Act 2004 places a statutory duty on your council to tackle congestion and disruption on the road network.

Your local authority manages the highway network in a manner that allows for some “on street parking”. In areas where parking becomes problematic the authority has the power to introduce restrictions to control the highway use.

Therefore, this means, the highways’ sole purpose is for the free passing and free flowing of vehicles and the areas close to your home are not for your exclusive use to park.

Frequently asked questions

What can be done about people parking on single or double lines or keep clear markings?

If there are road markings, such as single or double yellow lines, both parking and waiting to pick up school children are restricted.

Responsibility for enforcing these restrictions lies with the Civil Enforcement Officer, employed by either Nottingham City Council or Nottinghamshire County Council depending on where you live. Nottinghamshire Police cannot enforce these restrictions.

School 'keep clear' markings should always be kept clear of all traffic. Please let your Police Community Support Officer or Civil Enforcement Officer know if you see a vehicle regularly parking on them.

What can be done if someone blocks my driveway?

If your driveway is completely blocked by a vehicle, the offence of 'obstruction' could be considered. However, obstruction is a complicated offence to prosecute.

It is not enough that a vehicle blocks your driveway. The obstruction has to be ‘actual’ not ‘perceived’. This means that you are actually obstructed at that moment by that vehicle because your immediate passage is blocked. It’s not enough that you might want to use your driveway some time in the future.

A police officer is the only one who can deal with an obstruction. PCSOs do not have legal powers to deal with this issue. You have to be willing to make an official complaint, maybe a statement of evidence and even go to court if the person getting the ticket decides to contest it.

Dropped crossings in the City Council area can be enforced by the City Civil Enforcement Officers.

How can we help you?

The PCSO responsible for your area can liaise directly with the school and put an item in the school newsletter asking parents to consider residents when visiting the school and park with consideration. Our PCSOs can also write a letter to individuals who park dangerously and inconsiderately near your home.

PCSOs and Civil Enforcement Officers from your council will regularly patrol the area outside the school at drop off and pick up times and deal with any issues.

However, due to operational commitments they can’t be outside every school every day.

The good news

Everyone is concerned about the safety of children and, even though the school gate problems can look severe, it doesn't mean children and other pedestrians are in danger.

Parked cars act like mobile traffic calming measures and slow down the traffic when the children are about.

The problem outside school only occurs for very short periods of time during term-time only. The school is part of the community just as you are as a resident.

By working to support improved communication between you, the school staff and the children and their parents, we hope this will enable everyone to understand the problem from the other’s point of view.

When and who to call

When a vehicle is blocking your driveway and you are unable to get in and out of your own property, please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101.

Your local council Civil Enforcement Officers would like to hear from you if vehicles have been left unattended on single or double yellow lines.

What if I don't sign the Notice of Intended Prosecution?

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It is thought in some quarters that a notice requiring information to be provided under Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 does not have to be signed by the person from whom the information is requested.

This is incorrect. 

A number of court decisions have confirmed that

  • the information provided does not infringe Human Rights legislation (incrimination of self or others)
  • a caution is not required under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 prior to returning the information requested
  • this information should be returned, signed, in the format laid out in the notice 

 If a notice is returned unsigned, the keeper is open to prosecution for failing to provide the driver details.

How long are penalty points valid?

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Penalty points remain valid for three years. (Application may be made to the DVLA for points to be removed after four years.) 

If a licence holder receives 12 points within a three-year period, they are liable for disqualification. 

A person who appears to be so liable (for example, nine points already on their licence at the time of a further offence) can't be offered the fixed penalty procedure.

What does ACD mean?

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It means Automatic Camera Device.

What happens if I have a non-GB driving licence?

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Subject to changes in legislation on 1 April 2009, for offences detected from this date the driver will be able to consider the Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty regardless of where their licence was issued. 

Please indicate on the Notice of Intended Prosecution if you are a non-GB Licence/Counterpart holder and we will provide more information with the Fixed Penalty.

Why are there no speed limit signs on the road where the alleged offence took place?

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In areas with street lighting, the speed limit is 30mph unless there are signs saying otherwise. 30mph signs are only displayed at the perimeter of such a zone.

This is covered within the Highway Code, under Speed Limits, which states

You MUST NOT exceed the maximum speed limits for the road and for your vehicle. Street lights usually mean that there is a 30 mph speed limit unless there are signs showing another limit.

Visit the Highway Code website for more information on speeding

My vehicle was not on the road named at the stated time. What should I do?

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You must write to us at the address shown on the notice, giving any information that supports your claim. 

You must include images of the front, sides and rear of your vehicle. 

The evidence will be reviewed and any such claims will be investigated rigorously.

I have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution in relation to a camera offence. What should I do next?

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Complete section 1 advising us if you were the driver at the time of the offence. 

If you weren't the driver at the time of the offence, fill in part 1 indicating you were not the driver. 

Make sure you complete section 3 with the nominated driver details in full. In both cases, section 4 must be completed in full and signed. 

Without this your documents can't be processed and will be returned to you. 

You have 28 days to comply with this request. 

Failing to provide driver details is an offence and carries higher penalties and could lead to you appearing at court.

I can’t find my driving licence. What should I do?

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You should apply immediately to DVLA, Swansea for a replacement licence. 

An application form D1 is available from Post Offices or you can phone the DVLA. 

You will need to produce a current driving licence, regardless of whether the matter is dealt with by attending a Speed Awareness course, Fixed Penalty or court. 

Remember, you still need to reply to the Notice of Intended Prosecution within the 28 day time limit, so return the form, leaving the driver number blank.

Can I attend a course to avoid points on my licence?

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Yes, we give drivers the opportunity to attend a half-day Speed Awareness or What's Driving Us course as an alternative to prosecution.

The course, which costs £92, follows the national model. They are run by a private company AADriveTech

If you complete the course successfully, you won't incur any penalty points or be fined in relation to your offence.

To be considered, you must be the named driver and fully complete parts 1 and 4 on the reverse of the Notice of Intended Prosecution. 

You must include your date of birth. If you're eligible, you will receive an offer letter with more details about the course.

As we are part of the national scheme, you could take up the course in a different police force area (who participate in the National Speed Awareness or What's Driving Us Scheme).

If you need more information visit Nottspeed and click on the Education section.

The person driving at the time stated lives abroad. What should I do now?

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You must provide proof of this, for example a copy of travel documents and an address. 

We also need to see proof that the person named was insured to drive your vehicle. 

Enquiries will then be made with that person. 

We follow up all information given.

How do I know if I’m eligible for a Speed Awareness course?

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To be eligible you must meet this criteria 

  • you admit to being the driver of the vehicle and this is received by us within 42 days of the date of the offence 
  • you haven't attended a Speed Awareness course within the last three years 
  • the speed you were travelling at the time of the offence must fall within the acceptable speed range (Speed limit + 10% + 9mph). For example, in a 30 mph limit – you could attend a course up to 42mph inclusive. 

If under any circumstances you are unable to satisfy any of the criteria, you won't be eligible for a Speed Awareness course.

Am I entitled to know all the facts of the alleged offence before I tell you who the driver was?

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No, you are provided with all the relevant facts we are legally obliged to disclose on the Notice Of Intended Prosecution, including time, date, location and speed. 

The cameras used to record the evidence are all Home Office-approved and fully calibrated. 

Once known, the driver may receive an offer of a Speed Awareness Course, Conditional Fixed Penalty or be taken to court.

I am not guilty because I wasn’t speeding or because the lights weren't showing red. What happens now?

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This is not mitigation. It amounts to a ‘not guilty’ plea. 

You could consider seeking legal advice about this.

What happens if I go to court?

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If you were the driver, you can challenge the alleged offence in court. 

A court appearance would be your choice as an alternative to a Speed Awareness course or Conditional Fixed Penalty, if offered. 

If you are found guilty, the magistrates can decide upon any fine or penalty points to be awarded. 

However, the court can increase the fine or points if it is deemed appropriate, and impose costs.

How do I know if I'm eligible for a What's Driving Us course?

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To be eligible you must meet these criteria

  • you admit to being the driver of the vehicle and this is received by us within 42 days of the date of the offence (You must complete Part 4 on the reverse of the Notice of Intended Prosecution)
  • you haven't attended a What’s Driving Us (red light violation) course within the last three years
  • the time into red does not exceed three seconds.

If under any circumstances you are unable to satisfy any of the criteria, you won't be eligible for this course.

What would happen if I ignore the Notice of Intended Prosecution?

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This would result in your prosecution for failing to provide the details of the driver. 

A conviction for this offence would result in six penalty points on your licence and a possible maximum fine of £1,000.

Who knows about the alleged offence?

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Our Central Ticket Office is the only office holding information relating to the alleged offence. 

ALL enquiries should be made in writing to the Central Ticket Office at the address given on the Notice of Intended Prosecution.

Why haven’t I received the Notice of Intended Prosecution within 14 days of the alleged offence?

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You are probably not the recorded keeper of the vehicle. 

The law states that a Notice of Intended Prosecution must be sent within 14 days to the keeper as recorded at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). 

Where there is no current keeper shown, there will be a delay until the new keeper is identified.

Why is the Certificate of Service box not completed on my Notice of Intended Prosecution?

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The lack of entries does not render the notice invalid. 

Your notice is a copy of the original. 

The original document is signed, dated and retained at the Central Ticket Office. 

This ensures that it can be produced in the event of a court hearing.

What if I don’t know who was driving?

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It is your duty, as the keeper of the vehicle, to identify the driver. 

Owning a vehicle carries with it a number of responsibilities. 

You should know not only who can drive it, for insurance purposes, but who is driving it at all times. 

Unacceptable responses may result in prosecution for failing to provide details of the driver. 

A conviction for this offence would result in six penalty points on your licence and a possible maximum fine of £1,000.

What to expect if you've committed a speeding or red light offence

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Information on what to do if you've been caught speeding or driving through a red light in Nottinghamshire.

How you will be notified of the offence

You will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution after committing an offence. You will need to follow instructions on the notice, completing all relevant sections of the form and return it within 28 days.

If you were not the driver at the time of the offence or have any other questions about challenging the offence or contacting the driver of the vehicle at the time of the offence, please see our frequently asked questions on challenging speeding or red light offence.

What if I don't sign or ignore the Notice of Intended Prosecution?

Ignoring, failing to sign the notice or otherwise failing to provide details of the driver at the time of the offence is itself an offence that could lead to prosecution, placing six penalty points on your licence and a possible maximum fine of £1,000.

Our approach: Driver education courses

Nottinghamshire Police is part of the Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership which educates drivers about the consequences of speeding and motoring offences and works to improve compliance with speed limits and traffic signals.

Speed awareness or 'What's driving us' courses

We give drivers the opportunity to attend a half-day ‘speed awareness’ or ‘what's driving us’ course as an alternative to prosecution after they have committed a speeding or red light offence.

The course is offered subject to eligibility, costs £92 and forms part of a national programme, meaning you can complete the course in another police force area if you do not live in Nottinghamshire.

If you complete the course successfully, you won't incur any points or further fines in relation to your offence.

Book a Driver Awareness Course

Not answered your query?

Frequently asked questions

Before calling, you can see whether your query has been answered in our frequently asked questions on challenging speeding or red light offence.

For Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership-issued tickets

Contact the Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership:

  • Call 0115 844 4028 between 11.30am and 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Write to Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership, PO Box 7850, Nottingham, NG5 8XN

For tickets issued by a Nottinghamshire Police officer

Please refer to the Traffic Offence Report Guidance below which provides relevant advice and contact details for Traffic Offence Reports issued by Nottinghamshire Police officers.

 

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