Speeding points and the disqualifications
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
What can be done?
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?
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.
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