119.13. Except in cases of a subsequent offence within two years, no action is instituted under this act or the regulations hereunder unless the Commission or the person authorized to institute it has mailed to the offender a prior notice describing the offence and indicating the minimum fine, the amount of the costs determined by regulation and the place where payment must be made within ten days following the notice.
Payment of the required amount within the delay fixed in the notice prevents penal proceedings.
After such payment, the offender is deemed to have been found guilty of the offence.
Failure to give the notice required by this section shall not be invoked against an action for an offence and it is not necessary to allege that it was given nor to prove it.
However, if the offender, when appearing, pleads guilty and subsequently proves that such notice was not given to him, he shall not be condemned to pay an amount greater than that he would have been required to pay pursuant to the notice.