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What to Do If You Get a Speeding Ticket

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 21 Aug 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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There are two different ways that you can be caught for speeding in the UK - either by a policeman pointing a speed gun at the side of the road, or by a speed camera.

All traffic offences in the UK require a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) to be issued to allow a prosecution to proceed - meaning that if you are snapped by a camera, the NIP must be issued in writing and must be served within 14 days of the alleged offence. So if you think you've been 'flashed' by a camera, but three weeks passes from the incident and you've received nothing - you're pretty much home and dry.

However you won't have that luxury if you are stopped by a 'hairdryer' toting traffic police officer - he or she can issue you with a verbal NIP and this is considered sufficient by law.

What to do When the Ticket Arrives

If you've been snapped, the NIP should drop onto your doormat within 14 days of the camera recording the offence. This NIP will be issued to the registered keeper of the vehicle and will contain all the pertinent information needed regarding the time, date and location of the offence. The registered keeper has responsibility under the Road Traffic Act 1988 (section 172) to provide the authority with the name of the person driving the vehicle at the time that the offence took place, and will have to complete a driver information form which is included with the NIP.

In recent years, many registered keepers of vehicles involved in speeding offences have taken the 'playing dumb' route to escape speeding fines - claiming that they don't know who was driving the car at the time and requesting photographic evidence from the speed camera involved. As long as the registered keeper has taken reasonable steps to determine who it was, then this is often an end to the matter - especially if the camera has nothing that will stand up in court, and the ticket is often dropped.

However it doesn't always work and it's worth noting that car owners who cannot (or will not) identify the driver of the vehicle can face a fine of up to £1000 and 6 Penalty Points on their driving licence. Also important is to know that if you are the keeper of the car and you ignore the NIP, the fine can rise from the £100 initial fine for the offence right up to £1000. You can also expect to receive up to 6 points on your licence.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the offence (how fast you were going is one of the biggest deciding factors), you may be eligible for a conditional offer of Fixed Penalty.

If you are offered a conditional offer, this means that you can accept that you committed the offence, and take the penalty, pay a fixed fine (the minimum is currently £100), agree to have your licence endorsed with 3 points, and that's an end to the matter. If you wish to do this, follow the steps outlined on the back on the NIP and be more careful next time!

Appealing Against the NIP

If you don't wish to accept the conditional offer and wish to fight the charge, then you can appeal against the charge. Each case is assessed solely on its own merit and you must appeal in writing, stating the reasons that you think the charge is inappropriate. The details of where to send your appeal will be on the back of the NIP.

At this point you should be aware that ignorance is not a defence in the eyes of the law, so saying that you 'didn't know the speed limit' won't wash and the ticket will stand. If you seriously want to appeal the ticket, then you still need to fill in the driver information form and send it back to the issuing party within 28 days. This is a legal requirement and you should do this regardless of the future action that you intend to pursue.

There are very strict guidelines about the positioning and location of speed cameras, and the signage that must be around them. If you feel that you were snapped by a camera that doesn't adhere to these regulations then you might have a case, and should put your issues in writing as described above. Make sure you do enough research first because if you take the issue to court and lose this can turn out to be far more costly than just accepting the consequences of your actions and paying the fine in the first place!

What Next?

If you wish to challenge the speeding offence have a read through our article Challenging a Speeding Fine or Appealing Against a Speed Camera Ticket.

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Hello, I've received a SJP Notice from Cheshire Constabulary alledging I was travelling at 58mph in a 50mph temperary limit on the motorway.I remember the route, and there were sections with a temperary limit, and also sections without roadworks and/signage, as well as vehicles and crews.I very much doubt i had exceeded any limit that was properly signalled and have returned the central ticket office's form with my feelings on that matter.I understand that 58mph is just 1mph out from the buffer for this limit, however, i contest that the road conditions and signage for must not have been appropriately on display if I was in indeed travelling at 58mph as the Police claim.I think it is more likely, that my speed increased inbetween signed and roadworks sections.I'm not willing to accept penalty points or a fine for an offence i'm sure i have not committed and hence have written to the Central Ticket Office to tell them so.
Mark - 21-Aug-18 @ 1:16 AM
Hi, I have received a NIP today because I did 38mph instead of 30mph. This is my first offence would I be offered the course or get points. However, I have been driving for 1year and 10months.
Jazz - 27-Jul-18 @ 5:20 PM
Hi, I received a letter today with a NIP, this is my first offence and I went over 8mph. However, I have only been passed 1year and 10months. Would I be offered the course ?
Jazz - 27-Jul-18 @ 5:16 PM
I have recently been given three NIP for a zone that is 50mph. Speeds I have been caught were 61mph, 59mph & 58mph, this was in a period of 4 days of each other. I have owned my licence for 3 years and 11 months. This is my first offence ever. How many points would I receive. Would I be considered for a speed awareness course? Any help would be much appreciated.
RubyTuesday - 17-Jul-18 @ 2:10 PM
Hi, I have been caught doing 79mph on the M1 in a 50mph average speed area. I have received a NIP. I am waiting for the court summons to come through the post. With this being my first offence and have been driving for 4 years, what punishment (Fine and/ or points) am I looking at? Any rely would be greatly apreciated as there isn’t much support or information out there. Regards
B33NO - 13-Jul-18 @ 2:30 PM
Hey. I have already got 3 points for speeding In October 2016. Now i got flashed last week. Will i get offered a course or will i get points? Thank you.
Kevin - 10-Jul-18 @ 11:54 PM
Nip issued by post but no photo evidence offered but apparently available. Had drivers awareness course approx 9years ago and no offences since. 82mph in a 70 zone. What would be the best course of action to hopefully avoid points at least.
J - 10-Jul-18 @ 5:33 PM
Hi, I got caught speeding in May and offered speed awareness course which I opted to take and have no paid for - but not taken yet. I have just been caught speeding again today in a 30mph zone. Will I now get points for both offences or just the speeding offence today, and still take my speed awareness course for the first offence?
hsnoom - 30-Jun-18 @ 7:28 PM
Mafh- Your Question:
Hi. I have received 2 Seperate Fixed Penalty Notice forms on speeding 35mph on 30mph caught on same day same road. I’ve been offered a speed awareness course before 2.5years.Please help me what’s gonna be further when in send this form back? Do I get points added to my licence? Does this 2 same mistakes taken as any consideration to have 3 points in total? Seems worst have 2 letters now. Can I request them to offer me a speed awareness course?Thanks a lot

Our Response:
If you sat a speed awareness course 2.5 years ago, you will not be offered one again this time. If the two offences were at separate times, it's likely that you will be penalised twice, so probably two lots of fines at £100 each and also 2 x 3 penalty points.
NoPenaltyPoints - 25-Jun-18 @ 2:47 PM
Hi. I have received 2 Seperate Fixed Penalty Notice forms on speeding 35mph on 30mph caught on same day same road. I’ve been offered a speed awareness course before 2.5years. Please help me what’s gonna be further when in send this form back? Do I get points added to my licence? Does this 2 same mistakes taken as any consideration to have 3 points in total? Seems worst have 2 letters now. Can I request them to offer me a speed awareness course? Thanks a lot
Mafh - 23-Jun-18 @ 11:28 AM
Mavi - Your Question:
Hi I received a letter for doing 40 in a 30 zone. There was no police or signs but was caught by a handheld laser. Also I think I got flashed on the M6 last week when it was 50mph, I think I was doing 60. I have no previous speeding convictions or points. What's the likely outcome?

Our Response:
The likely penalty for 40 mph in a 30 zone is 3 points plus £100 fine or the offer of a speed awareness course. The same penalties would apply for 60 in a 50mph zone. Note that speed awareness courses are offered at the discretion of the police. If you are given points for both offences (totalling 6 points) and obtained your licence less than two years ago, the New Drivers legislatoin will apply and your licence will be revoked.
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Jun-18 @ 11:58 AM
tonyham - Your Question:
I have received a notice of intended prosecution for speeding on the M25. It states the time of the offence, location and speed limit, but does not state the speed. Is this grounds for appeal? I remember the night it happened. hardly anyone on the road and I was just taking my time. Scandalous!

Our Response:
No the NIP does not have to state the speed you were travelling at.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Jun-18 @ 3:32 PM
Hi I received a letter for doing 40 in a 30 zone. There was no police or signs but was caught by a handheld laser. Also I think I got flashed on the M6 last week when it was 50mph, I think I was doing 60. I have no previous speeding convictions or points. What's the likely outcome?
Mavi - 5-Jun-18 @ 12:59 PM
I have received a notice of intended prosecution for speeding on the M25. It states the time of the offence, location and speed limit, but does not state the speed. Is this grounds for appeal? I remember the night it happened. hardly anyone on the road and I was just taking my time. Scandalous!
tonyham - 4-Jun-18 @ 9:40 PM
Brocklebank - Your Question:
HI I recieved speeding fine and got letter telling me about it but didnt get speed awarnesss course offeredd to me do I have to apply for this I was doing 43 in 30 mile limit caught by speed van

Our Response:
A speed awareness course is not always offered at all...it's purely at the discretion of the police. The guideline recommendation for a speed awareness course in a 30mph zone are 35mph to 42mph so it's unlikely that you would have been offered a course anyway.
NoPenaltyPoints - 4-Jun-18 @ 2:18 PM
HI i recieved speeding fine and got letter telling me about it but didnt get speed awarnesss course offeredd to me do i have to apply for this i was doing 43 in 30 mile limit caught by speed van
Brocklebank - 3-Jun-18 @ 4:37 PM
Hi. I have just received 2 NIP’s for the same camera, same day. I was caught doing 41 and 43 in a 30 zone (it was in countryside, must have not noticed change from 60 to 30. No excuise though!). I am wondering if you could give me an idea of what I might get? Fixed fine, summons or awareness course? I don’t have any points on my licence or any other convictions. I am presuming the worst! Thanks
Ski77 - 1-Jun-18 @ 3:56 PM
Lee123 - Your Question:
Hi there I was on the m25 going anti clockwise and the variable speed cameras was not on but I was going 90mph just seeing if anyone knows if they would if they are not red on the top and if so what do you think my punshiment would be

Our Response:
Sometimes the variable speed cameras will be used as standard speed cameras. 90mph in a 70mph zone will mean you are not eligible for a speed awareness course butit usually considered too low for a court summons. The most likely penalty will be 3 points plus £100 fine.
NoPenaltyPoints - 29-May-18 @ 3:06 PM
Hi there I was on the m25 going anti clockwise and the variable speed cameras was not on but I was going 90mph just seeing if anyone knows if they would if they are not red on the top and if so what do you think my punshiment would be
Lee123 - 29-May-18 @ 12:47 AM
Hi please could you advise me if I have a case that could be appealed. I received an nip for doing 38 in a 30 zone. The police van was parked underneath a 40 road sign on a road I had just joined from a side road.Though I have since seen that there are 30 signs further along the road (if I had turned left from the side road) however there are no 30 signs on the road that I would have seen having pulled out from the side road (i turned right) hope this makes sense! The only sign I saw was the 40 sign they were parked underneath, the worst thing is I also saw the police van but thought I was well within the speeding limit, it transpires that the section of road before the 40 sign is actually 30! Feels a little bit of a trap to me! Is there anything i can do?
Jo - 25-May-18 @ 12:28 PM
Thomas - Your Question:
Hello I received a letter I had been caught on m25 40mph variable speed limit , my speed was 69mph. Any idea what penalty I’ll get ? Thank you

Our Response:
A speed of 69mph in a 40 limit would usually result in a court summons, where the likely penalty would be a band C fine (approx 150% of net weekly income) and 6 penalty points.
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-May-18 @ 2:58 PM
Hello i received a letter I had been caught on m25 40mph variable speed limit , my speed was 69mph. Any idea what penalty I’ll get ? Thank you
Thomas - 15-May-18 @ 1:00 PM
debbieg - Your Question:
On Thursday 26th April, my car was flashed traveling 37 in a 30 zone. I received a NIP through the post on 2nd May. However I was not driving, I was sat in the passenger seat and my husband was the driver. I completed the paperwork, and sent it back giving them the details of my husbands name and address. He fully admits he was driving as we were on our way to an appointment. Do the same 14 day notice to prosecute still apply, as of today's date the 12 May, and he still he has not heard anything. Please can you tell us what conditions apply to this situation, because as from the day of the incident when the camera flashed, 16 days have passed. Many thanks for any help and advice you may be able to give.

Our Response:
No the 14 day rule applies to the initial NIP sent out (this is sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle which is why it was sent to you).
NoPenaltyPoints - 14-May-18 @ 3:33 PM
on Thursday 26th April, my car was flashed traveling 37 in a 30 zone. I received a NIP through the post on 2nd May. However I was not driving, I was sat in the passenger seat and my husband was the driver. I completed the paperwork, and sent it back giving them the details of my husbands name and address. He fully admits he was driving as we were on our way to an appointment. Do the same 14 day notice to prosecute still apply, as of today's date the 12 May, and he still he has not heard anything. Please can you tell us what conditions apply to this situation, because as from the day of the incident when the camera flashed, 16 days have passed. Many thanks for any help and advice you may be able to give.
debbieg - 12-May-18 @ 10:16 AM
Clarkey - Your Question:
I had a nip served for 65 in a 40 so I pleaded guilty by post to be told I need to go to court.My problem is I was caught sept 2017 and I dont go to court untill the 4th july (10 months )Is there anything I can do as thia is an unreasonable amount of time

Our Response:
The police have up to 6 months in which to initiate further proceedings, so as long as the papers were laid at court within the 6 month period (even if the court hearing is much later) then it's unlikely you will be able to get this thrown out.
NoPenaltyPoints - 20-Apr-18 @ 12:38 PM
I had a nip served for 65 in a 40 so i pleaded guilty by post to be told i need to go to court . My problem is i was caught sept 2017 and i dont go to court untill the 4th july (10 months ) Is there anything i can do as thia is an unreasonable amount of time
Clarkey - 18-Apr-18 @ 7:49 AM
Nev - Your Question:
Got pulled over by a police care who was using a hand held, showing I was doing 48 in a 30. That was on 23rd Feb - over 6 weeks ago, and since then I have received nothing in the post. Is this normal? And any idea what I'm likely to receive as penalty?

Our Response:
The police have up to 6 mothns in which to start further proceedings after stopping you. 48 in a 30 will result in either 3 points plus £100 fine or a court summons (the recommendation for a summons is actually 50mph and above).
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-Apr-18 @ 11:48 AM
Got pulled over by a police care who was using a hand held, showing I was doing 48 in a 30. That was on 23rd Feb - over 6 weeks ago, and since then I have received nothing in the post. Is this normal? And any idea what I'm likely to receive as penalty?
Nev - 9-Apr-18 @ 1:06 PM
Gg - Your Question:
Hi currently on the m1 and my husband didn't see speed limit change to 50 he was doing 65 and cameras did flash. any idea on what fine we will receive. He has never received a speeding fine in 10 years and has a clean lience so will he get the option of course?

Our Response:
The upper limit for the offer of a Speed Awareness Course in a 50 mph zone is 64mph so there's no certainty that he will be offered a place on a course. The alternative to this would be 3 penalty points plus a £100 fine.
NoPenaltyPoints - 4-Apr-18 @ 2:50 PM
Hi currently on the m1 and my husband didn't see speed limit change to 50 he was doing 65 and cameras did flash. any idea on what fine we will receive. He has never received a speeding fine in 10 years and has a clean lience so will he get the option of course?
Gg - 2-Apr-18 @ 1:56 PM
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