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Speeding Fines - Caught Speeding? What to do next!

Do you need to know about speeding fines? Did you get an NIP through the post for exceeding the speed limit? We have comprehensive information about all this and more.

We aim to give you the complete low-down in a straightforward easy to understand format and it's free!

1. Notice of Intended Prosecution

If you have been caught speeding you will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP). If you were stopped by a police office this may take the form of a verbal NIP. If you were flashed by a speed camera, then the NIP will be sent through the post to the registered keeper of the vehicle. Find out more about Notice of Intended Prosecution and time limits.

2. Court Hearing or Speeding Fixed Penalty Notice

Whether you will have to go to court or will be dealt with by a Fixed Penalty Notice depends on the speed limit of the road you were in and by how much you were exceeding the limit. See table to show whether you will have to go to court for speeding or if you will get a fixed penalty notice

3. Speed Awareness Course

If your speed did not exceed the limit by too much you may be offered a speed awarness course. These can cost between £60 and £120 for the day long course and you will receive no penalty points on your licence and no speeding fines. Find out more about whether you may be offered a speed awareness course.

4. Speeding Fines

There is a fixed table of recommended fines and penalties for speeding. You can check it out here. The basic speeding penalty under a Fixed Penalty Notice is £60 fine and 3 points on your licence.

5. Defences to Speeding Fines and Mitigation

There are a number of possible defences to a speeding which you can find out here. Defences would include where you were not driving the vehicle at the time, where you don't know who the driver was, where the vehicle has been incorrectly indentified.

6. How long do Speeding Points last?

The length of time tht points will stay on your licence depends on the offence you are convicted of. Usually the points stay on your licence for 4 years

Over 4,000 people have voted in our speeding poll to find the top speed they have ever driven. View poll results.

 

The best way to avoid a speeding fine is quite simply to ensure that you do not exceed the speed limit in the frst place. Most speeding tickets are correctly issued although you may be able to get off on a technicality. Only a very small percentage of UK speeding tickets are issued to drivers who have not exceeded the speed limit.

If you are in any doubt it is wise to consult a lawyer specializing in speeding law.

 

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