While I was trying to find out the current amount of a cycling fixed penalty, I came across an FoI response from the police in one of the first hits I followed up. I linked to it at the end of that thread with an unsuccessful attempt to attract interest. Here it is again because I think it's worth wider attention.
https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/a ... ince-2012/
It seems that during the five year period covered, four FPTs were issued for
Use a p / cycle on a road when the front / rear position lamps not kept lit / unobscured.in seriously reduced visibility
This isn't an offence for a pedal cycle. ie you don't have to fit lights in daylight and whether they are fitted or not, they don't have to be displayed in conditions of reduced visibility. The Department for Transport advice was wrong about this and after a lengthy correspondence with them they rather begrudgingly altered their advice to say it was advisable rather than a legal requirement.
One FPT was also issued for
Pedal Cycle - lamps reflectors not maintained
This might depend on the circumstances of the ticket being issued, but cyclists aren't required to have lights permanently fitted and maintained.
It looks to me, therefore, that several FPT's have been wrongly issued to cyclists for alleged offences which can only be committed by the user of a motor vehicle. I'm not talking here about a technicality such as a ticket being given when the behaviour is an offence by both drivers and cyclists but poorly described. This appears to be tickets issued to riders obeying the law.
I'm sorry if it appears I'm making a fuss about nothing but it suggests to me that anybody getting a ticket would be advised to check that they weren't getting one for a motoring offence which didn't apply to cycles.
Here's the official advice on cycle lights, reissued after my correspondence
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/s ... ghting.pdf
I'd suggest that anybody querying a ticket on here might do well to post a photopy, covering up any personal data. Then we'd know what we were talking about and I'd not be worried it was a wind-up.