Speeding is the most common driving offence committed by UK motorists and the law surrounding it is incredibly complex. If you are found to be driving only slightly over the speed limit, you can still be prosecuted, which is why you should speak to a solicitor as soon as possible.
The defence team at Lupton Fawcett has helped many drivers who have been accused of breaking the speed limit protect their interests, as a speeding charge can affect your employment.
To speak to a solicitor about a speeding allegation, call us on 0333 323 5292 or fill in our online form and we will get back to you. If you require immediate assistance, please get in touch with Meghan Waldron on 07469 859708 or Jeremy Scott on 07971 520407.
The police have a number of speed recognition devices at their disposal used to keep drivers’ speed in line. These include:
- Cameras - sensors in the road pick up drivers’ distance travelled over time
- Hand-held laser guns - timed infrared light pulses determine the distance travelled over time of a vehicle
- Radar systems - radio waves calculate the speed of a vehicle by the amount of change in a frequency
- Stopwatch - drivers are timed over a certain distance and then an average speed is calculated
A police officer can also view how fast you are driving and pull you over.
Depending on how you are caught will determine how you notified of an offence. If you are detected by a device, the owner of the vehicle will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) within 14 days of the offence. How and when you respond to the NIP can determine how your case progresses.
If you are stopped by the police, there is no need for a NIP and you will either be given a Fixed Penalty Notice or reported to go to Court, depending on how fast you were going.
The minimum punishment for a speeding offence is a Speed Awareness Course if you are eligible for one. We often help drivers persuade the police that attendance on a Speed Awareness Course is an appropriate disposal for a speeding offence.
You may be offered a Fixed Penalty Notice which involves a £100 penalty and endorsement of three penalty points on your licence.
If you’re a repeat offender who has built up 12 points or more within three years, you could be disqualified from driving as a ‘totter’, as well as receive a fine.
Drivers who are caught speeding within two years of passing their test will have their licence revoked should they receive six or more penalty points.
For many drivers, a speeding offence may be the first offence they have ever faced. Our solicitors will check that the police have followed all procedures correctly, including sending out the NIP so it is received in the normal course of post within 14 days of the offence being committed.
We will also look into your circumstances to see if there are any arguments for exceptional hardship, as our aim is to keep your licence.
If you have been accused of speeding, get in touch with us today by using the details below to speak to someone in our Leeds, Sheffield or York offices. For immediate assistance, contact Meghan Waldron on 07469 859708 or Jeremy Scott on 07971 520407.
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