Speeding Offences

If you receive a fine for speeding, depending on the scenario you could potentially end up with unnecessary points – resulting in a totting up ban, a licence suspension or prosecution. If you’re worried that any of these situations apply to you, then get in touch with us for expert advice.

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What happens when you are caught speeding?

The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and 3 points added to your licence, however this depends on the seriousness of the offence.

If you have been caught speeding there are numerous scenarios that could take place. You could receive a fixed penalty at the roadside, a verbal or written notice of intended prosecution at the time the offence was made, or you may receive this by post.

After you have received your penalty, you may be required to attend court or a speed awareness course.

Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)

A fixed penalty notice (FPN) is a document you will receive when you have been involved in certain type of road traffic offence; usually you will receive a £100 fine and a minimum of 3 points on your driving licence. These are issued by police officers at the time when the offence was committed; or sent by post after you have been captured on a speed camera.

There are two types of fixed penalty notices you can receive: endorsable and non-endorsable. An endorsable ticket means you will receive points on your license (usually three points), whereas a non-endorsable ticket is a fine only.

There are two types of fixed penalty notices you can receive: endorsable and non-endorsable. An endorsable ticket means you will receive points on your license (usually three points), whereas a non-endorsable ticket is a fine only.

Offences that you could receive a fixed penalty notice for

Non-endorsable FPN:

  • Neglect of traffic regulations (e.g. failing to conform to traffic signs – give way, roundabout vehicle priority, box junction road markings)
  • Negligent use of motor vehicle
  • Vehicle registration and excise licence offences (e.g. registration mark not easily readable)
  • Motorway offences (e.g. stopping vehicle on hard shoulder)
  • Vehicle or part in dangerous or defective condition (e.g. window not clear and unobstructed, no windscreen wipers)
  • Neglect of pedestrian rights
  • Lighting offences (e.g. lamps not showing steady lights, misuse of head/fog lights)
  • Noise offences (e.g. causing unnecessary noise, sounding horn at night)
  • Load offences (e.g. exceeding weight restriction)
  • Cycle and motorcycle offences (e.g. cycling on footpath, motorcyclists not wearing protective headgear)
  • Failure to wear a seatbelt whilst driving
  • Vehicle test offence (using a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate)

Failure to wear a seatbelt whilst driving and vehicle test offences usually result in a larger fine than most non-endorsable FPN notices.

Endorsable FPN:

  • Speeding offences
  • Careless driving (e.g. middle lane hogging and tailgating)
  • Motorway offences (e.g. reversing on a motorway, driving on hard shoulder/central reservation)
  • Neglect of traffic directions (e.g. not stopping at a red traffic light)
  • Neglect of pedestrian rights (e.g. stopping within limits of zebra/pelican/puffin crossing)
  • Load offences (e.g. danger of injury due to number of passengers or manner in which they are carried)
  • Motorcycle offences (e.g. carrying more than one passenger)
  • Duty to identify driver
  • Using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving
  • Driving without third party insurance

Duty to identify driver, using a hand help mobile phone whilst driving and driving without third party insurance may all result in a larger fine than most other endorsable FPN notices.

It is also worth noting that local authority enforcement can also issue fixed penalty notices for other motoring offences such as parking, selling/repairing vehicles at the roadside and abandoned vehicles.

New car seat laws now mean that you could get fined up to £500 for not having the correct car seat fitted.

Pleading Guilty

If you plead guilty to the offence, you will be required to pay the fine and have 3 points added to your licence. Your driving licence will also have a code on it for 4 years.

 

Pleading not Guilty

If you plead not guilty then you will be required to attend court to defend your decision.

If you have recently received a FPN and are worried that this could lead to a totting up ban or your licence being revoked, get in touch with us here at Chris Rudd Solicitors and we will give you expert advice and help decide if you have a case.

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Speed Compliance 

Statistics found in 2017:

  • 48% of cars exceeded the speed limit on motorways
  • 9% of cars exceeded the speed limit on national speed limit single carriageways
  • 52% of cars exceeded the speed limit on 30mph roads
  • 86% of cars motorcycles exceeded the speed limit on 20mph roads

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