Completing your form
Advice and guidance on how to complete the form within your Notice of Intended Prosecution letter.
If you have received what people commonly call a ‘speeding ticket’, you will have had a ‘Notice of Intended Prosecution’ letter from West Mercia Police. Please read the information below for advice on your options and guidance on how to complete the form. You may also find our Frequently Asked Questions useful when completing your form.
Please note: The person or company that the letter is addressed to must complete and return the relevant form within 28 days of the letter. Failure to do so will result in further prosecution and penalties.
You only need to complete and return one form to us. The form you return depends on whether you were the driver or not at the time of the alleged speeding offence, and which option you decide to choose…
If you were not the driver at the time of the alleged offence, please DO NOT pass the letter to the driver. Please fill in the ‘Reply to Notice’ form on page 2 and provide details – to the best of your knowledge – of who was in possession of the vehicle at the time of the alleged offence.
If you were the driver at the time of the alleged offence, you have three options available to you:
If your notice is on white paper, it is a conditional offer of a fixed penalty. A fixed penalty is a fine of £100 and 3 penalty points on your driving licence. To be eligible for a fixed penalty, you must have less than 9 current penalty points.
To opt for a fixed penalty, please complete the ‘Driver’s Statement’ on the front page.
If your notice is on green paper, you may have the option to attend a speed awareness course. The course lasts approximately four hours. In West Mercia, the course costs £85, but your driving licence will not be endorsed with any points. To be eligible for a speed awareness course, you:
– Must have a driving licence (full or provisional, issued in any country).
– Must not have attended a speed awareness course in the last three years or be waiting to attend one.
– Must be able to pay the £85 workshop fee in full. Please do not send any money with your completed form.
– Must be able to attend a workshop within 120 days of the date of the alleged offence.
To opt for a speed awareness course, please complete the ‘Application to Attend a Speed Awareness Workshop’ form on page 4.
Please note: You will hear back from West Mercia Police – usually within 14 days.
Selecting this option means the matter will be passed to a Magistrates Court and you will receive a court summons. You may wish to request a court hearing if:
– Your driving licence holds 8 or more valid penalty points.
– You are unable to pay the £100 in full.
– You wish to present mitigating circumstances.
To opt for a court hearing, please complete the top of the ‘Reply to Notice’ form on page 2 and tick box 1.