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Payment of a fine

What is the Conditional offer of Fixed Penalty?

The conditional offer of fixed penalty lets you settle the matter without having to go to court and consists of a fixed payment of £100 and a three penalty point endorsement on your driving licence.

I thought the fine was only £60?

As of 16 August 2013, the government increased the fine from £60 to £100.

Can I accept the fine but not the points?

No - the Fixed Penalty consists of a fixed payment of £100 and a three penalty point endorsement on your driving licence. The Fixed Penalty is set by the Government and is not negotiable, therefore it cannot be split or amended in any way.

How long are the points valid for?

Penalty points are valid for three years, but cannot be removed from the licence until four years has elapsed.

Can I pay a higher fine and not have the points?

No. The fine is set at a £100 payment and three penalty point endorsement on a driving licence. The Fixed Penalty is set by the Government and is not negotiable, therefore it cannot be split or amended in any way.

How can I pay the fine?

The easiest method to pay your fixed penalty fine is to pay online.  Payment can also be made via cheque or postal orders made payable to the HM Courts & Tribunals Service. You also need to send in your driving licence for the endorsement to be processed.

What if I pay the fine online/over the phone but don’t send in my licence?

The legislation states that for the conditional offer to be complied with, a UK licence or a copy of a non-UK licence must be sent into the fixed penalty office for the points to be endorsed following the payment of the fine.

Where the fine is paid but the licence is not received, the matter will be referred to the Court. Once this occurs, the option to accept the Fixed Penalty is no longer available, the fine will be refunded and the only option is to then respond to the summons.

Can I pay for the fine in instalments?

No. The fixed penalty office is unable to accept payment in instalments and the £100 must be paid in a single transaction.

If you are unable to pay the fine in full within the required timescale, you may wish to have to have the matter heard in Court where the magistrates can take your circumstances into consideration and they may allow payment of the fine in instalments. However, the Court can also impose further court costs, which we are unable to specify.

I’ve got mitigating circumstances I want considered

Correspondence, such as letters, emails or telephone calls, to the camera and ticket office, in relation to the following issues, will not be accepted as reasons for speeding or running a red light:

  • I did not know the road
  • I did not see the signs
  • I was not aware of camera enforcement in the area
  • I was late
  • The road was clear
  • It was late at night/early in the morning
  • I have a clean driving licence
  • I was momentarily distracted
  • It is my first offence
  • The car behind me forced me to speed
  • The camera may be faulty
  • I needed the toilet
  • I was following my Sat Nav

The Fixed Penalty system is designed as a fast track system where the offender does not dispute that an offence has taken place.

We will NOT enter into correspondence with an individual. You can request to contest the matter or have mitigating circumstances considered in Court.

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