Speeding summons: the 14-day rule

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Q: I received a summons for driving at 41mph on a 30mph road, but the summons arrived a month after the alleged offence, the document being dated only yesterday.

I think the reason for the delay is that the DVLA thought I’d sold the car when in fact I had sold a car that used to carry the same personalised registration.

My understanding is that a summons has to be delivered within 14 days of the offence taking place; is this the case?

The only burden on the police is to send the summons to the last known address of the registered keeper

A: The only burden on the police is to send the summons to the last known address of the registered keeper.

A police mistake can amount to a defence.

If the mistake was on the part of the DVLA, you can’t argue that the summons was delivered late, if the police simply sent it within 14 days to the (incorrect) name and address on the V5.


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