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are probably all guilty of exceeding the speed limit at some time
or other. Coming from a fast road like a motorway onto a slow B road,
30 mph can seem so slow that you're almost going backwards but you
must resist the temptation to put your foot down otherwise you could
receive a hefty fine and points on your licence. The police no longer
have to do the job as they have a team of mechanical watchdogs to
do it for them.
Speed cameras are going up everywhere and not all are obvious. Some
counties have decided that the speed cameras are meant to be for preventing
accidents and are therfore prominent and easy to spot. Some counties
however don't want people to know where they are until its to late
in an attempt to slow everyone down. Sceptics could of course argue
that they just want to make more money. Either way its the motorist
that has the most to lose which ever way they are caught.
For speeding offences committed after 16 August 2013, the minimum penalty is a £100 fine and 3 penalty points added to your licence.
The table below shows the penalties that apply for speeding offences in the UK, where the case is dealt with by a Magistrates' Court.The actual penalty will depend on the facts of the individual case.
obtained from the Magistrates' Court Sentencing Guidelines.
to £1,000 (up to £2,500 if offence committed on a motorway).
May also be required to pay costs.
OR disqualify 7-28 days, licence endorsed
OR disqualify 7-56 days, licence endorsed
Association of Chief Police Officers Guidelines
Below is a table of the current guidance to police forces by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on whether to prosecute for speeding.
If you would like to know more about the ACPO guidance to police
forces, you can read our summary of the main points here.
Penalty when education is not appropriate
Awareness, if appropriate
in all other cases and above
officer can issue an on the spot fine of £100 and 3 penalty
points whereas a GATSO speed camera can mean a court summons and any
further offences caught on another GATSO Camera can be added together
even if up to the point of getting 12 points which if received within
a three year period means an automatic disqualification and a TT99
endorsement on your license.
Endorsements remain on your licence for:
11 years from date of conviction for offences relating to drink/drugs
and driving, causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence
of drink/drugs and causing death by careless driving then failing
to provide a specimen for analysis.
4 years from date of conviction for reckless/dangerous driving
and offences resulting in disqualification.
4 years from the date of offence in all other cases
codes that will appear on your licence after endorsement(s)
Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits
speed limit for type of vehicle
(excluding goods or passenger vehicles)
Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road
Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit
speed limit on a motorway
speed limit offence
endoresements expire you can have them removed from your licence
by getting the D1 application form from your post office
information Click here
The UK has one of the best safety records in the world, yet on average
9 people are killed and 85 injured each day on the roads. Safety cameras
save about 100 lives a year by reducing speeding and making the roads
What are safety cameras?
‘Safety cameras’ include speed cameras and traffic signal cameras.
Speed cameras can be fixed, mobile or speed-over-distance (SPED).
Most fixed speed cameras are run by the National Safety Camera Partnership
(NSCP). The NSCP is made up of local authorities, the police, and
the courts, and is subject to rules and guidance on where cameras
are placed, and how they are marked and signposted.
What are the NSCP rules for speed cameras?
Fixed speed cameras can only be located in places with a history of
serious accidents, or evidence of a speeding problem, or where the
local community has requested them, and are marked yellow to make
them clearly visible.
Vehicles which contain mobile cameras should be clearly marked. Warning
signs should be within 1km of a fixed camera site, and at the start
of an area with mobile cameras.
Not all cameras are part of the NCSP. Local councils in conjunction
with the police may use fixed or mobile speed cameras in specific
areas to control speeding. These cameras, which are run outside the
NCSP, are not governed by the same rules on visibility, and the law
does not require these cameras to be yellow or visible.
Where does the money from speed cameras go?
Neither the police nor local councils make any money from speeding
fines. They can only claim back their running and administration costs
for the scheme, and any surplus goes to the Treasury.
What happens if I am caught speeding?
If you are caught speeding by fixed or mobile speed cameras you receive
a conditional offer fixed penalty notice. The conditional offer gives
you the chance to settle speeding fines without having to go to court.
However, if your speed is excessive you will receive a summons from
the Magistrate's Court.
The fine for speeding is £100, and 3 penalty points will be added
to your licence.
points and disqualification
How to complain about speeding fines?
You can challenge a speeding fine in court. The Magistrates determine
any fine and penalty points awarded. They have the power to increase
the fine and the penalty points, and you may also be ordered to pay
Taking a case to court
You should allow 28 days for the conditional offer to expire. You
will then receive a summons. You can give reasons for disputing the
speeding fine on the summons, plus any evidence you want the court
to take into account.
What is a notice of intended prosecution?
The purpose of the notice of intended prosecution (NIP) is to inform
the potential defendant that he may be prosecuted for the offence
he has committed, whilst the incident is still fresh in his memory.
When you receive an NIP it does not automatically mean that you are
going to face prosecution, it is a warning that you may face prosecution.
The NIP must be served within 14 days of the offence. The details
that are commonly used if the details of the driver are not known
are those of the registered keeper. If the registered keeper was not
the driver and the driver receives the NIP after 14 days as long as
it was posted within the 14 days it is still valid. Also if the registered
keeper/driver has changed address and not informed DVLA, as long as
the NIP was posted in 14 days then it is still valid.
If you have received an NIP after a period of 14 days then it is likely
to be for one of the reasons above.
NIPS can also be issued verbally or alternatively you could receive
a court summons through the post for the alleged offence.
Small mistakes on the notice do not render it ineffective unless it
would mislead the potential defendant.
The NIP is said to be served when it has been posted using ordinary
post, it is still valid even if it gets lost in the post. The burden
of proof is on the potential defendant to prove that neither he nor
the registered keeper received the notice and the prosecution only
need to prove that the notice was posted.