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What to Do If You Get a Speeding Ticket

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 22 Jun 2017 | 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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I have just received a NIP for 43 in a 30 zone. First of all I was suspicious, as I had never driven on this road and then realised I was at work(Unfortunately I dont have no ticket as proof). Its therefore impossible that I was driving and also that nobody else was driving also. How do I fill the form out please?
Mari1986 - 22-Jun-17 @ 11:46 PM
Hi got caught i think by a camera van doing between 35 and 40 in a 30 zone in the girlfriends car. Do these vans provide photo evidence if so i am in the limit for the awareness course thanks
ray tupper - 22-Jun-17 @ 10:39 PM
I was caught doing 71 in a 60. It had changed to a single carriage way and I've still thought it was 70mph. As I had to collect something I was caught twice in 20 mins. What do i do? Is there anyway to get it reduced to just one ticket as it is so close together?
Sm - 22-Jun-17 @ 4:59 PM
Azza - Your Question:
Hi I just got caught speeding by a traffic cop. I was doing 80mph in a 50mph on a A road (honesty I didn't realise). What is likely to happen or is there anyway I can appeal it. He was hidden on a slip road didn't know he was there and It was 11:30pm. Can anyone help. Thanks

Our Response:
We can't really help. 80 in a 50 zone will result in a court summons. The fact that you didn't realise the speed camera/policeman was there will not be accepted as a defence. You may be able to plead mitigation if there's a threat to your licence and you need it for work etc. In that case you might want to consider professional legal help.
NoPenaltyPoints - 19-Jun-17 @ 2:46 PM
Hi I just got caught speeding by a traffic cop. I was doing 80mph in a 50mph on a A road (honesty i didn't realise). What is likely to happen or is there anyway i can appeal it. He was hidden on a slip road didn't know he was there and It was 11:30pm. Can anyone help. Thanks
Azza - 16-Jun-17 @ 12:30 AM
Got a NIP today issued by TVP,43 in 30is there anyway they will consider a speed awareness course as I'm 1mph over the cut off? Secondly the camera van was parked on a side road blocking access for any other vehicle could it be contested in these grounds?
MDH - 7-Jun-17 @ 7:45 PM
Ckuk - Your Question:
HiI had a NIP in the post yesterday, I was caught speeding by a gun I suspect and I was doing 49 in a 30 zone, I already have 6 points on my license for non insurance thinking I could drive other persons car that I fully comp.First speeding ticket, what would I expect to happen? Will I lose my license? Im the bread winner in my family and I need to drive!

Our Response:
49mph is just under the guideline limit for a court summons. It's very close however (50mph) and in view of your existing points, the police might decide to take it to court. We can't really tell you what a judge will decide but the new rules suggest that at that speed in a 30mph zone, you might be given a band B fine (75% to 125% of your relevant weekly income) and 4 - 6 penalty points, or a 7 - 28 day ban.
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Jun-17 @ 2:09 PM
I live in Thailand and visit the uk occasionally. I have received a notice of a speeding ticket from the car rental company. I drive on a Thai driving licence when in the uk. What are the consequences of ignoring the notice?
Mj9 - 4-Jun-17 @ 11:42 AM
Hi I had a NIP in the post yesterday, i was caught speeding by a gun i suspect and i was doing 49 in a 30 zone, i already have 6 points on my license for non insurance thinking i could drive other persons car that i fully comp. First speeding ticket, what would i expect to happen? Will i lose my license? Im the bread winner in my family and i need to drive!
Ckuk - 4-Jun-17 @ 9:30 AM
Dupers78 - Your Question:
Hi there. I recently received a NIP for doing 49 in a 40 zone. On the same day, I received a text message from the previous owner of my vehicle to say that she had received a NIP for another speeding offence which I committed a few days after I'd purchased the vehicle (i.e. before the DVLA had completed registering me as the new owner). She told me that she had notified the police that she was no longer the registered keeper at the time of the time of the offence and so I expect I'll get another NIP through the post shortly. My question is, can I dispute either of these tickets given that I will not have received the NIP for the original offence within the 14 days, or indeed before the second offence took place?

Our Response:
No, as the DVLA had not updated their records at the time the NIP was issued, the police will have taken longer to find you as the keeper/driver and the 14 day rule will not therefore apply.
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-May-17 @ 1:55 PM
Hi there. I recently received a NIP for doing 49 in a 40 zone. On the same day, I received a text message from the previous owner of my vehicle to say that she had received a NIP for another speeding offence which I committed a few days after I'd purchased the vehicle (i.e. before the DVLA had completed registering me as the new owner). She told me that she had notified the police that she was no longer the registered keeper at the time of the time of the offence and so I expect I'll get another NIP through the post shortly. My question is, can I dispute either of these tickets given that I will not have received the NIP for the original offence within the 14 days, or indeed before the second offence took place?
Dupers78 - 15-May-17 @ 2:22 PM
Hello I recently sold my car and due to work commitments I sent the log book off 3-4 days after the sale. I recently received a speeding ticket to my address (offence dated 3 days after the vehicle sale date). Luckily I had the buyer's number on my phone still and I contacted him about the ticket to which he told me it wasn't him that committed the offence as he had sold the car straight after buying it from me because he's a trader. What do I do about this? Do I contact the local police department to let them know I sold the vehicle?
Max - 29-Apr-17 @ 8:06 AM
Jacko - Your Question:
Do you have to be stopped by un marked police car to receive a speeding ticket. I was followed by a car that briefly flashed he's blue lights but then turned off the road.

Our Response:
He was probably trying to get you to move out of the way if he didn't actually stop you.
NoPenaltyPoints - 28-Apr-17 @ 2:22 PM
Do you have to be stopped by un marked police car to receive a speeding ticket . I was followed by a car that briefly flashed he's blue lights but then turned off the road.
Jacko - 27-Apr-17 @ 1:27 PM
How long from nip is issued do they have to get you to court or to get the fine paid ? is there a set time to from the offence to being prosecuted....
Focuskid - 28-Mar-17 @ 11:04 PM
Marc - Your Question:
Hi. Is there anyway of getting out of 3 speeding tickets from the same camera at different times. Its an average speed checj camera on the motorway. On that stretch the speed limit changes all the time, 1sec 70mph the next 60mph and then 50mph. You never seem to know what speed I should be doing.

Our Response:
If you feel the signs are misleading, incorrect or vague, and you have attempted to keep to the speed limit you could try appealing. You must be prepared to appear in court though.
NoPenaltyPoints - 28-Mar-17 @ 10:38 AM
Hi. Is there anyway of getting out of 3 speeding tickets from the same camera at different times. Its an average speed checj camera on the motorway. On that stretch the speed limit changes all the time, 1sec 70mph the next 60mph and then 50mph. You never seem to know what speed i should be doing.
Marc - 26-Mar-17 @ 3:05 PM
I've received a conditional offer of fixed penalty for doing 79 on a national speed limit dual carriageway. I've asked for photo evidence which they've sent through 3 pictures - one showing my face with the speed at 53, one showing my number plate with the speed at 53 and one of what looks like my car in the distance doing 79 but you can't read the number plate or see my face! I'm thinking of challenging it on the basis that it could be any car speeding! Is it worth going to court on that basis?
Deanobey - 16-Mar-17 @ 12:08 PM
Focuskid - Your Question:
Replies seem to be very selective. Thought this was for advice or discussion.

Our Response:
Replies can be made by anyone at all. We reply ourselves when time and resources allow it but as you will see when you make a comment, we do say we can't answer them all. The answers to many questions can also be found in responses to other similar questions posed and also in the article.
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-Mar-17 @ 2:32 PM
Replies seem to be very selective .... Thought this was for advice or discussion...
Focuskid - 9-Mar-17 @ 10:31 PM
hector - Your Question:
This 14 day in which you should receive the NIP is that 14 working days.or 14 days including weekends?

Our Response:
14 days from the day after the offence.
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-Feb-17 @ 12:14 PM
This 14 day in which you should receive the NIP is that 14 working days...or 14 days including weekends?
hector - 21-Feb-17 @ 11:18 PM
August 1 speed camera,August 6th 2016 paid £100 fixed penalty,2 weeks agoJanuary 2017,received notification,iwas beingt done for speeding and failure to supply details,imust have supplied details to pay fine,They have since refunded £100,and tell me im in Court 14th February,is this legal???
beau - 2-Feb-17 @ 7:48 PM
I got flashedby a camera, in a traffic jam,the speed it says i was doing is 38MPH,the photo evidence shows that I cross one and a half of the white lines, from the markings what was my actual speed, i reckon i was only going 10MPH
Steve - 25-Jan-17 @ 11:00 PM
I recieved a speeding notice and pleaded guilty. Additional points resulted in a 6mth ban. I referred to the NIP when I re-applied for my licence and noticed that the location of the offence did not exist. The main rd was correct but the NIP mentioned a secondary rd that is some miles away. I appealed they knocked back as I did not appeal in the required time. It was only when I referred to the NIP 6months on that I realised their error. Where do I stand?
Chas - 17-Jan-17 @ 10:46 PM
I was sent a nip and on the day in question my speedometer was not working i have been to my garage on 2 occasions to get this problem sorted and the issue is still not sorted and it is booked in again.I was going down hill and had no other vehicles around my to judge my speed . My car is well serviced and in good condition for its age. (y) reg ford focus do you think i have grounds to appeal the ticket with the chance of it being dropped..
Focuskid - 17-Jan-17 @ 4:03 PM
Hi, received a speeding ticket on M25 going 70mph saying there has been a 50mph - I did not see the sign, all the other cars was also going the same speed, there was no road works. Thank you
Jack - 14-Jan-17 @ 7:07 PM
Good morning, My car was snapped by an overhead average speed gatso twice in two days (57 in a 50) and 60 in a 50)) when someone else was driving, they were over visiting from Australia and I was away at the time. They also received one a few years back when staying and I appealed it as I was not driving and they threw it out, all times it was with the same police force (Gwent). My question is? Are the police going to take it to court as there were two tickets in two days and I am going to put the same name on the NIP and will they believe me as I dont have time to go to court etc? There is no photo evidence as it was taken from behind, also should i ask for this before I send the NIPS back. Kind regards.
RichB - 11-Jan-17 @ 12:53 PM
Hi I have been flashed,by camera 2 wise in same day what would,happen,now ,if got ,2 tickets would I loose my license? Thanks
devran - 9-Dec-16 @ 3:01 AM
HI, I’ve just been flashed on a motorway that had a restricted speed limit. I’d only just bought the car and had only sent the change of registered keeper the following day. Will this go to the previous owner and should I be concerned that if I don’t receive it, it will increase without my knowledge?
Keef - 8-Dec-16 @ 10:40 AM
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