Speeding Ticket Advice

If you think you’ve been flashed by a speed camera and are worried you will get a speeding fine, this is what happens:

– Within 14 days the owner of the speeding vehicle will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution

– There is a section on the NIP for you to complete to say who was the driver. If you do not complete this section, you will be liable to a fine and six penalty points on your licence

– If your speed is not too much above the speed limit, the driver will normally be offered a fixed penalty notice – three points on your licence and a £60 fine – see fines & penalties . Sometimes speeding drivers are offered a speed awareness course as an alternative to a fixed penalty notice. Whether these courses are offered is at the discretion of the local police force.

– If your speed is above a certain level you will not receive an offer of a fixed penalty fine but instead will receive a summons to attend court.

If you genuinely do not believe you were speeding, you may defend the case- see Common Speeding Defences. If you are going to defend the case it may be worth consulting a lawyer experienced in speeding cases.

There are several different types of speed cameras – the common ones are Gatso’s which use a film and flash and Truvelo’s which use an infra red beam. There are also spex cameras which work out your average speed over a given distance.

Speeding defences

If you genuinely believe that you were not speeding, you are entitled to ask the police to see their evidence that you were speeding. In the case of speed cameras you are entitled to see the pictures. There have been cases where the number plate of speeding vehicles has been misread.

A speeding conviction has sometimes been avoided where the owner of the vehicle does not know who was driving. In such a case the owner must make every effort to discover who the driver was.

It is no defence to say that there were no signs warning of speed cameras. However it may be a defence if there were no speed limit signs or if they were obscured.

If the owner does not receive the Notice of intended prosecution within 14 days or if there are significant material mistakes on the NIP then this may be a defence.

If you think you may have a valid defence to a speeding ticket then you should consult a motoring lawyer for expert advice and guidance.