Frequently asked questions
What is a Notice of Intention to Prosecute/Section 172 document?
You have been sent a notice of intention to prosecute and a request for information in respect of an alleged offence of speeding or contravening a red light traffic signal.
In ALL cases a notice of intention to prosecute will have been served on the registered keeper of the vehicle within 14 days of the date of the alleged offence. If you have received a notice outside this period you are a nominated driver and required by law to respond to the s172 request for driver information within 28 days.
I was the driver of the vehicle, what must I do now?
If you were the driver of the vehicle at the time of the alleged offence and this notice is addressed to you, please complete Section A, including your driving licence number and your date of birth.
If you do not provide ALL the detail requested this may prevent us from being able to offer you a diversionary course or a fixed penalty, and you may receive a summons.
Have a look at the example below, you should complete all these areas as shown by the guidance arrows.
The completed document must be returned within the specified timescale and a pre paid envelope is enclosed for your reply.
Failure to complete any part of the required details and return the notice could result in court proceedings.
If any of your details need to be amended or changed,then also complete Section B with the changes .
I was not the driver of the vehicle, what should I do now?
As the recipient of the notice, you are required to provide sufficient information as to the driver/owner/hirer of the vehicle by completing Section B/C.
Such requests for information may be made of any person believed to have information, which is in their power to give, which in turn may lead to the driver at the time of the alleged offence being identified.
DO NOT PASS THE FORM TO THE PERSON YOU ARE NOMINATING AS THE DRIVER
Please use the enclosed pre paid envelope for your reply
What happens if the vehicle is registered to a company?
Please complete Sections A & B - ensuring that the driver's details are provided in Section B
What happens if I ignore the notice?
Under the requirements of Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 you are required to provide the information requested within 28days. If you fail to comply with this requirement you shall be guilty of an offence. On conviction, this offence carries a maximum fine of 1000 sterling and a mandatory 6-point endorsement.
I dont know who was driving my vehicle?
It is the responsibility of the vehicle keeper to provide details of the driver at the time of the alleged offence. If you are not the vehicle keeper you must provide any information which is in your power to give which may lead to the identification of the driver.
Please be advised, simply saying you do not know who was driving is not sufficient and any reasons for failing to supply the information above must be provided in detail with any documentary evidence available.
You are expected to do everything in your power to give this information and make diligent enquiries and the decision will ultimately be for the courts to make as to the information or lack of information supplied.
Can I have a copy of the photograph or the calibration certificate?
Yes, by accessing the relevant sections of this website you will find a tab directing you the detail relevant to your offence.
PLEASE NOTE the photographic evidence may not assist you to identify the driver. The prime purpose of the photograph is to show the location of the vehicle at the time of the alleged offence. As the recipient of the notice you are required to provide the information requested.
On this site you will also be able to view details of the site location.
How do I know the offence details are correct?
All cameras used by Drivesafe, the Casualty Reduction Partnership for the Greater Manchester Area, have Home Office Type approval, as required by Section 20 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988. They are fully calibrated and checked in accordance with operational and manufacturers guidelines.Drivesafe have given assurances that all equipment used fulfils all enforcement criteria and are also operated in line with the above guidance by fully trained camera technicians.
Why are there no 30mph speed limit signs in the area?
The absence of speed signs indicate the road is restricted to 30mph. All other limits require repeater signs.
You may wish to examine the Highway Code for further information, you can view this document by visiting www.direct.gov.uk and search for 'Highway Code'
My notice arrived more than 14 days after the alleged offence.
In ALL cases a notice of intention to prosecute will have been served on the registered keeper of the vehicle within 14 days of the date of the alleged offence. If you have received a notice outside this period you are a nominated driver and required by law to respond to the s172 request for driver information within the timescales indicated.
Can I plead mitigation in this matter?
Yes. Any information should be forwarded with the completed 172 notice to the Central Ticket Office.
Central Ticket Office
PO Box 423
Help/Advice line: 0161 856 0905 (open 24 hours)
Enquiries Tel: 0161 856 3471 or 0161 856 3493 (open 9am-1pm Monday to Friday)