Speeding fines


When driving over the speed limit in the UK, drivers are often caught by speed cameras or policemen with speed guns and as a result receive speeding tickets and fines.

If you have been issued with a speeding ticket and want to dispute the fine due to exceptional circumstances, call us and we can recommend a criminal motoring law specialist to help you argue the case.

Speed cameras

Many of the UK’s roads now have speed cameras. Each police force also has a number of mobile speed camera units they use on roads without fixed speed cameras. Speed cameras usually measure your average speed over a fixed distance. If this is over the legal maximum for the road you are travelling on, the camera will take a photograph of your car’s number plate.

This is how speed camera fines are generally issued.

The Highway Code clearly states the current speed limits in force on the UK’s roads. The speed limit for cars is:

  • In most urban areas: 30mph (48km/h)
  • Single-lane carriageways: 60mph (96km/h)
  • Dual carriageways and motorways: 70mph (112km/h)

Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN)

A speeding fine more often than not is a Fixed Penalty Notice, or FPN. When a driver receives a speeding fine in the form of an FPN, it is up to the driver to decide whether or not to accept the FPN. Occasionally however, the speeding fine is a court summons, in which case the driver has no choice in the matter and must appear in court.

If the speeding ticket is an FPN, it is in fact a conditional offer by which the prosecution offers the driver to resolve the issue if the driver accepts responsibility and the minimum penalty permitted by law. The driver accepts this by paying a £60 fee and submits his or her licence to be endorsed with three penalty points.

The driver may also reject the offer, and in doing so the driver states that he or she wishes for the case to go to court. It should be noted that ignoring the FPN could sometimes be deemed as accepting it, so it is important to fully read the speeding ticket even if the driver plans to go to court on the matter.

Court summons

If you receive a speeding ticket that takes the form of a court summons, it is usually because of the severity of the speeding violation, or the status of your licence. For example, if the speeding is in excess of 30mph above the speed limit, a speeding ticket in the form of a summons is likely to be issued.

Additionally, if you have multiple speeding endorsements on your licence a summons is likely. If you are attending court regarding a speeding ticket it is advisable to at least consult with a solicitor before appearing in said court.

You should not attempt to handle your own defence, as the court will be looking for proper legal argument about your case - something that only a solicitor can deliver. Using a qualified solicitor can also give your case the best chance of success.

For preventative advice for the future, see our page on how to avoid speeding fines.

Do you want to dispute a speeding ticket on grounds of exceptional circumstances? Contact Law works with some of the best motoring lawyers in the country who can help you appeal the decision if it is going to have serious effects on your future. Please call us on 0800 046 1464 or complete the web-form above.

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