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What Is Section 172 Of The Road Traffic Act?

May 11 2022 | Criminal Law

by Jamie Pellman

by Jamie Pellman

Head of Criminal Defence

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How do the police carry out Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act?

When the police witness a driving offence, they will send a Section 172 notice to the address of the registered vehicle keeper. Usually, it is cameras that will record the incident; however, the police can also witness an offence first-hand and send the notice at a later date.

The Section 172 notice should arrive within 14 days to the home address of the registered vehicle keeper. This also comes alongside a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP).

What is a Notice of Intended Prosecution?

A NIP form tells you that the police intend to prosecute the driver of the vehicle over this specific incident. Unlike the Section 172 notice, a NIP does not require a response.

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