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OTHER OFFENCES - Speeding Points

Our expert solicitors can help you avoid a driving disqualification

Speeding points and the disqualifications

a GATSO speed camera

Driving in urban areas can be a tricky business, fraught with risks and distractions, and it is very easy to allow your car to drift over a 30 mph speed limit if you are not paying full attention to what you are doing. In fact, surveys by the Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) suggest that over half of drivers in the UK exceed the 30mph speed limit in urban areas at some point. Local authorities are increasingly using speed cameras as revenue generation tools and there is always a danger of falling foul of a police speed trap with the resultant speeding points and fines.

This website contains masses of information that you may find useful if you are concerned about possible prosecution or fines for speeding, or why not contact us to see how we can help you?

Will I get a driving disqualification?

Not necessarily – a lot depends on how fast you were driving and whether your speed could have been considered a danger to yourself or other road users.

Being pulled over by the police for driving a little over the speed limit will often result in a fixed penalty. The offence may well be dealt with by the police officer at the roadside, and involve points and a fine. You will usually need to produce your driving licence, MOT and insurance certificate there and then, or if you don’t have them with you, to take them within 7 days to your local police station.

If you are caught by a speed camera, the person registered as the owner of the car will be sent a form called a ‘notice of intended prosecution’ within 14 days (this is often the first indication that a speed camera has caught you). The form will specify the date, time and location the car was caught speeding, and the car owner is required to confirm who the driver was at that time. Once this has been confirmed, you will either be offered a fixed penalty speeding ticket (speeding points and fine) or a court summons will be issued if you were travelling well above the speed limit.

In all cases you can attempt to affect the decision and argue your case against penalty points or a driving disqualification in the Magistrates or Crown Court.

Here is a guide to the speed limits in the UK:
Vehicle Road
Built up areas (street lit) Single carriageways Dual carriageways Motorways
Cars and motorcycles 30mph 60mph 70mph 70mph
Cars towing caravans or trailers 30mph 50mph 60mph 60mph
Buses and coaches (less than 12 metres long) 30mph 50mph 60mph 70mph
Goods vehicle (weighing less than 7.5 tonnes) 30mph 50mph 60mph 70mph (60mph if towing a trailer)
Goods vehicle (weighing more than 7.5 tonnes) 30mph 40mph 50mph 60mph

What can be done?

Hammond Trotter Solicitors will take a detailed look at all the evidence that has been used to make a decision on your case, and give you as much information as possible about the procedures that will be employed to bring about a prosecution. In the case of a speed camera or speed trap, we will investigate the basics such as whether the device is properly calibrated, and also go into more complex issues such as distance and alignment checks. Our aim is to give you total confidence in your defence

What if I just wish to accept a penalty for speeding?

You don’t necessarily have to challenge a speeding conviction, but we do recommend that if you need to attend court, you take a solicitor or barrister with you to offer mitigation on your behalf. In our experience, cases that have legal representation receive significantly reduced levels of disqualification, speeding points and speeding fines. For more information on speeding points, you can go to our penalty points page, or contact us for expert advice – our initial advice is free so you have nothing to lose.

How many speeding points will I get?

If you were only just above the speed limit, you will usually get three to six penalty points and a speeding fine of up to £2,500.

Driving well over the speed limit is a different matter, and may result in you being disqualified from driving - it is in your own best interests to work with the professionals, someone who can successfully plead your case and minimise any penalties you may receive.

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