Slater and Gordon can advise you 24 hours 7 days a week and provide legal representation for a speeding offence anywhere in England & Wales.
Speeding offences are the most common road traffic offences in the UK, with nearly 50,000 motorists summoned to court for speeding offences in 2012 alone.
Speeding ticket penalties range from a speed awareness course, to a minimum three penalty point endorsement or the worst case scenario, being banned from driving.
The national speed limits for standard vehicles in the UK are:
• Built-Up Areas: 30mph (20mph in some areas)
• Single Carriageways: 60mph
• Dual Carriageways & Motorways: 70mph unless stated otherwise.
Speeding laws in the UK are fairly straightforward: If you are caught speeding you are breaking the law. As with any road traffic offence, anyone caught speeding does have the right to challenge the allegation against them or, if already convicted, appeal the case. Slater and Gordon Lawyers have successfully defended all types of speeding ticket offences.
If you want to contest a speeding ticket offence in court, bear in mind that the court only needs to prove that you were speeding, so a defence such as 'I didn’t realise I was speeding' will not be considered. Speaking with specialist Speeding Offence Lawyer is essential in the event of court proceedings.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation to discuss your speeding offence. We are one of the UK's largest and well known law firms with offices in London, Manchester, Watford, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge & Preston.
In most speeding offence cases, the severity of the punishment depends on how far you exceeded the speed limit. Driving 35mph in a 30mph zone for example, is unlikely to result in disqualification, unless you are a repeat offender and are at risk of accumulating 12 penalty points within a three year period. As a rule of thumb, being caught driving in excess of 45-50 per cent of the speed limit could lead to instant driving ban.
In many cases, drivers caught speeding will be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice which carries a minimum fine of £100 and three penalty points on your driving licence. Anyone who accumulates 12 or more penalty points within a three year period, however, risks being disqualified from driving.
The penalty point threshold for new drivers is lower, with six or more points within a two year period resulting in the licence being revoked. Drivers wishing to get their licence back must re-apply for a provisional driving licence before re-sitting both the written and practical driving tests. Penalty points remain on your driving licence for any period between three to 10 years, depending on the type of offence committed.
Drivers caught exceeding the speed limit by a considerable margin risk being prosecuted in court. This involves being summoned to court where possible penalties include up to six penalty points on your driving licence or disqualification and a fine.
In most speeding offence cases, you will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution by post within 14 days. This requires you to respond within 28 days to clarify who was driving the vehicle at the time of the offence.
If you are unable to provide the driver’s ID in your response you must provide all the information within your power. This should include the full names, addresses, dates of birth and driving licence numbers of all the potential drivers.
It will then take up to six months for the court to summons you. You will receive a Single Justice Procedure (SJP) notice and it is at this point, when you receive a SJP rather than a Notice of Intended Prosecution, that you should contact a driving offence solicitor.
If you were stopped by a police officer, he/she may at the time decide to issue a verbal warning or inform you of prosecution. In some cases, you may be offered the chance to attend a speed awareness course as an alternative to penalty points on your licence. In the majority of speeding offence cases, upon returning the Notice of Intended Prosecution you will be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice.
If you believe you have a case to answer then you will be required to contest the speeding charge in court. This can often be an unfamiliar and complicated process, so it’s important to consult an expert speeding offence solicitor who can guide you through each stage.
Whilst being caught speeding by a speed camera or by police radar means there is evidence against you, there are options available to contest a speeding charge. Our solicitors have many years of experience dealing with all types of road traffic offences and know how to defend them.
Our specialist knowledge enables us to assess the best strategy, with a view to successfully defending your speeding offence or securing reduced punishment. This can be particularly crucial for people who have already accumulated penalty points on their driving licence, and who potentially face a ban from driving.