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We have put together a list of frequently asked questions regarding this process, this list is not exhaustive. The list will be reviewed and amended on a regular basis in the light of feedback received from the general public.


Traffic Offence Reports

What is a traffic offence report (TOR)?

Traffic offence reports replace all Endorseable Fixed Penalty notices in Gloucestershire. They can also be issued for seat belt offences (non-endorseable). If you have been issued with one of these then please DO NOT make contact with this office as we will not be able to help you. The central ticket office will write to you with further instructions.

What happens next?

The TOR process is designed to allow a range of ways in which the offence(s) can be disposed of. These are as follows:

  1. Having considered all the facts no further action is to be taken and you will be notified of that fact.

  2. It may be an option for you to attend an educational course as an alternative to prosecution for the offence. Completion of the course will mean that you will not be prosecuted for the offence(s). You should note that courses are not available for allegations of defective vehicle condition and driving without the correct documentation, Insurance MOT etc. There are four courses available depending on the alleged offence so most offences will allow you to do a course if you are eligible. As long as you haven’t completed the same course in the preceding three years you will be offered a place on a course. Education is an effective alternative to prosecution and people are less likely to re-offend.

  3. In the event that a course cannot be offered to you for whatever reason, you may be offered a conditional fixed penalty for the offence(s). This has a set penalty for the offence and it varies depending on the offence. Completing the fixed penalty process prevents a court appearance. Details on how to deal with these will be included in our correspondence with you.

  4. Finally you may receive a postal requisition (summons) that means the matter(s) will be dealt with at a Magistrates Court. This is usually because the alleged offences are serious in nature and are outside the range of a course or a fixed penalty or because there are multiple endorseable offences. The fact that you receive a postal requisition doesn’t necessarily mean you have to appear in person as many offences can be dealt with by post. Again our correspondence will guide you in this process.

  5. You can elect for the matter to be dealt with at court throughout.
What happens if I ignore your correspondence?

If you do not act within the timelines stated in our correspondence you will disqualify yourself from any offer of educational course, or fixed penalty option and your case will proceed to Court.

Where can I obtain course location information?

If you are eligible for a course, full details will be sent to you. These are nationally accredited courses and are available at other locations across the country if it is inconvenient for you to attend in Gloucestershire.

Further information

For further information visit www.askthe.police.uk and search Fixed Penalty notices.


CLE 2/6 - Untaxed Vehicles

CLE 2/6 Excise licence

If you are stopped and do not have a valid excise licence on your vehicle then you may be reported to the DVLA. You will be issued with a copy of the report (called CLE 2/6) by the officer who stopped you and the facts will be reported to the DVLA who are responsible for prosecuting these offences. Due to electronic records DVLA will already know if your vehicle is untaxed and not declared as off the road (SORN). For further information visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/vehicle-tax-mot-insurance


HORT1 Producer

HORT1 or ‘producer’

If you have been issued with a HORT1 then this is because the officer stopping you has requested to see your driving licence, and/or your insurance certificate and/or your mot test certificate or other related document(s) and you have not been able to produce these to the officer at the roadside. You have 7 days from midnight on the day the HORT1 was issued in which to produce your documents at the police station you nominated. The documents will either be checked or the details recorded. If you fail to produce your document(s) you are likely to be prosecuted for driving without insurance, a licence or mot depending on which document you failed to produce.

Further information

For further information visit www.askthe.police.uk and search HORT1.


Non Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notices

What is a Non Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notice NEFPN?

A number of minor traffic offences are dealt with by way of non endorseable fixed penalty notices. Simply these are monetary penalties for committing the offence. They can be issued for offences such as no MOT, contravening certain traffic signals, number plate offences and range from £30 to £100. No points will be added to your licence for these types of offences.

What do I need to do if I receive a NEFPN ticket?

If you receive a non endorseable fixed penalty notice then you have 28 days from the date of issue in which to pay the penalty, or elect a court hearing. If you take no action, court proceedings would usually follow.

Further information

For further information visit www.askthe.police.uk and search Fixed Penalty notices.


Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS)

What is a VDRS

Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition. You can be prosecuted if your vehicle is defective. Minor defects can be dealt with under the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS), which allows the driver to repair the vehicle and avoid prosecution. Our traffic officers are trained to identify more serious faults, if the traffic officer identifies a defect that is so serious or dangerous they will prohibit your vehicle and you will not be eligible to be dealt with under the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS).  The officer will provide you with a form outlining the defects for which your vehicle has been prohibited and will explain what you will be required to do.  It is unlikely that you will be allowed to drive the vehicle from the location where the defect(s) have been identified in these circumstances.

More information on the prohibition of vehicles can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/498457/Categorisation-of-defects.pdf 

What do I need to do if I receive a VDRS ticket?

If you have received a VDRS then you must arrange for the defects listed on the form to be fixed as soon as possible. The vehicle must then be presented at an MOT testing station (an MOT is not required) where the examiner will check the vehicle and endorse the form. You must then send the form to the Central Ticket Office within 14 days of issue.

What happens if I fail to return the ticket?

If you fail to return the fully endorsed form then it will be assumed that the defects have not been repaired and a prosecution will commence.

Downloadable policy

To download our current policy on Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme click here.

Page last updated: 23 June 2017