We can advise you 24/7 and provide legal representation for any speeding offence which occurred in England or Wales.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers is one of the UK's largest and well known law firms with offices in London, Manchester, Watford, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Preston, Wakefield and Wrexham.
Our specialist team of Speeding Solicitors have extensive knowledge of UK speeding laws, and years of experience successfully defending speeding ticket offences. If you were caught speeding and want to contest a speeding offence, or you received a Notice of Intended Prosecution, our Speeding Solicitors can help you from start to finish.
For a free consultation call our Speeding Solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online.
Speeding Offences FAQ
Here are the most frequently asked questions about speeding laws and offences in the UK:
- What Speeding Fine Will I Get?
The minimum Fixed Penalty fine is £100 and three penalty points. If the driving offence involves a Court summons, the maximum fine is £1,000 or £2,500 if the speeding offence was committed on a motorway. Up to six penalty points can be issued.
- What are Penalty Points and How do they Work?
In addition to a speeding fine, you can also be issued with penalty points on your driving licence. Penalty points are placed on your driving record and, for the purposes of totting up points, they stay on your licence for three years from the date of the offence. Accumulating 12 or more penalty points within a three year period will result in disqualification from driving.
- Are Penalty Points the Same for New Drivers?
No. New drivers face stricter penalty point regulations. Accumulating six points within two years of passing your driving test will result in your licence being revoked. When you want to get your driving licence back, you must re-apply for a provisional license and re-sit both the written and practical driving tests.
- Is there a Way to Avoid Penalty Points?
Provided you haven't exceeded the speed limit by excessive amounts (set by individual police forces), you can be invited to attend a speed awareness course instead of getting penalty points on you licence. A speed awareness course can only be attended once every three years, and the course must be offered by the relevant police force and these cannot be applied for.
- What is a Fixed Penalty Notice?
A Fixed Penalty Notice is issued in the event of a minor speeding offence and is designed to save time by eliminating the need for a Court appearance. A Fixed Penalty Notice must be paid within 28 days of received it. Failure to do so will increase the fine by 50%.
- Can I Contest a Fixed Penalty Notice?
Yes. In some speeding offence cases you may want to acknowledge you were speeding, but contest the actual speed alleged. If successfully defended, you may receive a reduced punishment.
- I Want to Contest a Fixed Penalty Notice – What do I do?
To contest a Fixed Penalty Notice you must respond using the address provided on the notice, informing them of your intention to challenge the fine. You will then receive a Court summons which outlines the date of your hearing.
- Is My Speeding Defence Likely to Succeed?
It depends on the evidence against you, but bear in mind that the Court only need to prove you were speeding. A speeding ticket defence such as you weren’t aware of the speed you were travelling, for instance, won't succeed.
Our Speeding Solicitors have years of experience defending speeding offences and know the speeding laws inside out. We can assess the evidence against you and determine whether you have a case. Our Solicitors have defended all types of speeding charges and are fully equipped to represent you.
- What Happens if I'm Prosecuted for Speeding?
In most speeding offence cases, the severity of punishment depends on how far you were exceeding the speed limit. The Police can use their discretion, but they are more likely to prosecute if the speed exceeds the limit by more than 45%.
In the event of a prosecution, you will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution which will outline the details of your motoring offence. You are then required to respond with your details, which will be followed by details of your Court hearing.