You have been caught speeding, what happens now?

June 7, 2021, By

An article shared by This is Money showed that over 2.2 million drivers were caught speeding in 2020. That’s an average of 6,000 a day! It is understandable to an extent, as there was less traffic on the roads and people fancied their chances on the empty stretches. Unfortunately for these drivers, reduced traffic doesn’t mean that the speed cameras get switched off.

If you think you have been caught speeding, there are some key things to consider. Your punishment can vary from a fine to points, a ban or even losing your licence. The law around speeding fines is complex due to different types of roads, the functionality of speed cameras and guidance on the correct speed.

Remember that 12 or more points on your licence within three years means you will be disqualified from driving. Be aware also, that if you are still in the first two years of having passed your driving test, exceeding 6 penalty points will mean that your licence is withdrawn.

With this in mind, we strongly suggest that you seek legal guidance from a road traffic offence specialist if you are caught speeding, especially if this is not your first driving offence of any kind.

Time is of the essence with speeding offences, as the longer you leave them, or if you ignore them completely, the consequences can worsen.

Stopped by the police

Being stopped by the police when they believe you have been speeding can have a variety of outcomes.

This can range from a verbal warning to a Fixed Penalty Notice, or ordering you to go to court. The severity of their decision is likely to be based on the extent of the speeding offence and where it took place.

If you believe this to be unfair or incorrect, seek expert legal guidance at the earliest opportunity.

How long does it take to get a speeding ticket through?

If you are caught by a speed camera, your Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) will come through the post to the registered keeper within 14 days of the alleged offence.

You will also receive a Section 172 notice which you must return within 28 days to confirm who was driving the car at the time.

After this, you will then receive either an offer of a speed awareness course, a Fixed Penalty Notice, or be sent a letter telling you that the matter will be dealt with by the court.

How much is a speeding ticket fine?

If you get a Fixed Penalty Notice, you must plead guilty or not guilty.

  • Pleading Guilty

A guilty plea will land you with a £100 fine and 3 points on your licence. You may be given the option to attend a speed awareness course instead of having the points applied to your licence.

A speed awareness course is only available as an option if the police decide is it appropriate for the offence, or if you have not been on a course in the past 3 years.

  • Pleading Not Guilty

A Not Guilty plea will mean that you have to go to court.

This is a decision best discussed with a road traffic offence specialist, because:

  • If the court decides you are guilty of speeding, your fine and points may be more than if you had pleaded guilty originally
  • The fine, if found guilty, will depend on several factors such as how far beyond the speed limit you were driving.
  • The total cost of the fine can be up to £1000, or £2,500 if you were speeding on a motorway
  • In the worst-case scenario, you could lose your licence or be disqualified from driving

Having a solicitor who deals regularly with speeding offences will help you to decide on the best approach to your Fixed Penalty Notice. If there were special or exceptional circumstances for you to have been speeding, this can be discussed in line with your decision to plead Not Guilty in court.

Experienced Speeding Solicitors

Speeding and road traffic offences are some of the most common criminal areas we deal with. The team is well versed in acting for clients including public figures in disputing driving offences of all kinds.

Our speeding solicitors will ensure the best possible outcome for you if you feel you have been unfairly caught speeding. Again, please do contact a specialist at the earliest opportunity to ensure you have the best chance of success.

Call us on 0161 969 3131 or fill in our contact form and the team will be in touch.