Q&A on Speeding

What are the speeding laws?

The national speed limits for standard vehicles in the UK are:

  • Built up areas: 30 mph (20 mph in some areas)

  • Single carriageways: 60 mph

  • Dual carriageways and motorways: 70 mph unless stated otherwise

If you get caught speeding, what are the penalties?

  • Speed awareness course

  • Three to Six penalty points

  • Disqualification

  • A fine

Most offences will attract a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). This consists of a fine of £100 and three penalty points on your licence.

How will I be notified if I am caught speeding by a camera?

The person who owns the vehicle will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) by post within 14 days of the offence. The Notice will include:

  • The location where it took place

  • The time and date

  • The speed at which you were travelling

The Notice will include a Section 172 notice which asks for information relating to the identity of the driver. It is important that you complete this notice and return it within 28 days even if you intend on challenging the offence.

What is the penalty for serious speeding offences?

Excessive speeding, usually defined as breaking the speed limit by 20 mph or more, may lead to prosecution. If convicted, you could receive a fine of up to £1,000 or £2,500 for motorway offences. You could also receive 3 -6 points on your driving licence. If you are prosecuted, you will receive a court summons.

The police must lodge the summons with the Court within 6 months of the offence.

Please note that just because you have not received a hearing notice within 6 months it does

 not mean that you will not be prosecuted. The summons may have been lodged without you having any notice within that time frame.

If you are summoned, you will be able to plead either guilty or not guilty. Even when entering a guilty plea, you will have the opportunity to reduce your punishment if you are able to demonstrate mitigating circumstances which may have arisen in the situation.

If the speed was more than 30 mph of the speed limit, then you could face disqualification from driving. Driving bans can last between 7 to 56 days, varying according to the facts of the case and mitigating factors.

What is a Speed Awareness Course?

For a relatively minor offence you may be offered a speed awareness course. This is a one-day course, in which the driver will learn about speed limits and the consequences that can come from exceeding them. The cost of the course varies, and you will have to pay for it at your own expense. However, by completing the course you can spare yourself from receiving a fine or any penalty points.

It is important to remember that you can only attend the course once every three years, so if you commit another offence within three years of taking your first course, you will have to accept your fine and/or penalty points.

How can DPA Law assist you in challenging a speeding ticket?

If you feel you have a legal defense against the accusation of speeding, or you have been incorrectly issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Our Solicitors have specialist knowledge which enables them to assess the best strategy to defend the offence or secure a reduced punishment. This is particularly important for people who have accumulated penalty points on their licence, and who potentially face a ban from driving.

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