The Speedsters Essential Guide (Speeding Offences Guidelines)
At Motoring Defence Solicitors, we receive countless enquiries about speeding and the associated penalties. Many believe that speeding offences can always be dealt with outside of court so when a summons arrives on their door…..they have questions. The aim of this guide is to ensure that whatever speeding offence you may have committed, you will always have an idea about what to expect from the court.
The 4 Options
When a motorist gets caught driving over the limit, there are 4 things that an officer can do:
For a very minor infraction the police would not usually bother doing anything. They may not even pull you over and if they do it may just be an informal caution for you to watch your speed
2. Speed Awareness Course
What many motorists do not realise is that a speed awareness course is actually an alternative to being prosecuted and if offered, we would always recommend that you take it. Courses usually last around half a day and cost in the region of £100.00. If the course is completed then no prosecution will follow meaning no points or fine!
3. Fixed Penalty Notice
This is what most offenders expect when committing a speeding offence (a “speeding ticket”). The driver would receive 3 points and a fine of £100.00.
4. Magistrates’ Court Proceedings
More serious cases of speeding will result in a summons or postal requisition to attend the magistrates’ court. There are various reasons why you might end up in this situation such as:
- The excess speed was too high to qualify for a fixed penalty
- The driver was offered, but did not accept the fixed penalty
- The driver was offered but failed to complete/attend the speed awareness course
- If the offence would make the motorist “tot up” (have 12 points or more in total on their licence).
What Happens at Court?
If you are summoned to court then there are a number of possible outcomes which can be effectively summarised as:
A fine of up to:
- £1000.00 on a normal road; OR
- £2500.00 on a motorway
- 3 – 6 penalty points; OR
- A disqualification from driving
So there you have it, a handy breakdown of speeding offences and their penalties. If you are ever summoned to court for a speeding case we would always recommend seeking advice as there are often options you have as a motorist with regard to sentencing.