Have you been caught speeding?
Our dedicated motoring law solicitors can offer help and advice on what happens next.
We regularly provide advice and legal representation for drivers caught speeding at Courts across the UK.
National Speed Limits:
The National Speed Limits in the UK for a standard vehicle are:
Built-Up Areas: 30mph
Single Carriageways: 60mph
Dual Carriageways & Motorways: 70mph unless stated otherwise
If there are no signs but there are street lamps no more than 200 yards apart, the speed limit is 30mph.
If you have been caught speeding by a Traffic Officer at the side of the road or by a fixed / mobile speed camera , a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) must be sent to the registered keeper or driver of the vehicle so it is received within 14 days of the offence (excluding the date of the offence). If you were warned at the time of the offence that you may be subject to prosecution there is no obligation to serve a NIP
How will the Speeding Offence be dealt with?
Depending on the speed you were travelling, the speeding offence will be dealt with in one of the following ways:-
- a speed awareness course if it fits the relevant criteria
- a fixed penalty notice if it fits the relevant criteria
- a plea by post to the court
- a court hearing at the Magistrates Court.
It is important that you seek advice as soon as you receive the Notice of Intended Prosecution to ensure you get the right advice and follow the correct procedure. If the matter is dealt with by the court the magistrates should sentence you in accordance with their Sentencing Guidelines. If they depart from the guidelines they must give reasons.
A speeding offence carries 3 to 6 penalty points or a discretionary disqualification and a financial penalty. If you get 12 or more points on your licence within a 3 year period you will face a penalty points/totting disqualification for a minimum period of 6 months
Moore Motoring Law can help you :-
- If you think you have a defence
- If you are unsure whether the elements of the offence are made out
- If you did not know about the offence within 14 days
- If there are special reasons not to endorse your licence or disqualify you from driving
- If you do not know what the relevant criteria is.
- If you do not know what the sentencing guidelines are
- If you do not think you should be dealt with in accordance with the guidelines
- If you want a solicitor to make representations on your behalf
- If you do not want to represent yourself in court
- If you want to try and persuade the court to give you a lower number of points than the guidelines
- If you want points as opposed to a discretionary disqualification
- If you want a discretionary disqualification as opposed to points
- If you are at risk of a penalty points/totting disqualification.