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What to Do If You Get a Speeding Ticket

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 17 Jan 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 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
Hello I've received and NIP to caught doing 39 in a 30 miles and hour zone.. I'm petrified I'm going to go to prison or lose my license or something as my mom was having a epilepsy fit that's why I was rushing what will happen to me.
Rcc1991 - 3-Dec-16 @ 1:37 PM
EGGER - Your Question:
Hi, a new camera has been but in place on a road I drive home for work. I've been done twice in a week doing 58 in a 50 and 57 in a 50. Thought it was a 60 zone and that the first time I was 'flashed' that it was for another car. Hence being caught twice.Thing is, I have an Irish driving licence and am not a registered tenant anywhere. Yes my car is registered to a house but its 200 miles away. Is there any way I can use this to my advantage. Should I ask for evidence of the photograph and a calibration cert of the camera?Thanks.

Our Response:
The NIP will be sent to the registered keepers address...will someone forward it to you etc?
NoPenaltyPoints - 2-Dec-16 @ 11:06 AM
Waferfin - Your Question:
I think I might have been caught on a dual carriageway doing 79 in 70 mph zone is it likely I would get a ticket?

Our Response:
If you were caught on camera you should hear within 14 days (unless you are not the registered keeper or have recently changed address/vehicle in which case it can take longer).
NoPenaltyPoints - 1-Dec-16 @ 11:32 AM
Hi, a new camera has been but in place on a road I drive home for work. I've been done twice in a week doing 58 in a 50 and 57 in a 50. Thought it was a 60 zone and that the first time i was 'flashed' that it was for another car. Hence being caught twice. Thing is, I have an Irish driving licence and am not a registered tenant anywhere. Yes my car is registered to a house but its 200 miles away. Is there any way I can use this to my advantage. Should I ask for evidence of the photograph and a calibration cert of the camera? Thanks.
EGGER - 1-Dec-16 @ 11:01 AM
I think I might have been caught on a dual carriageway doing 79 in 70 mph zone is it likely I would get a ticket?
Waferfin - 30-Nov-16 @ 12:48 PM
hi there, i have just got back from working away for a week and opened my mail and....BOOM!! I have a NIP for speeding, I was caught by an unmanned camera doing 44 in a 30 zone, today is 28/11/16 the date of the offence was the 13/08/16 the date of the NIP being sent out was on the 25/11/16 three days ago! I moved into my flat in March this year and havent changed my license or car over to this address yet, just overlooked doing that part...my bad, Now my question is this.. does the 14 day rule count?...is this NIP I have here now the first one sent to me or is it a renewed NIPas they now have me at this address and if so how will i know if its an original NIP or copied and re-issued? may thanks
pete the drums - 28-Nov-16 @ 8:14 PM
D - Your Question:
I'm sure I was flashed by a camera tonight. What should I expect in the post and when? Not sure exactly how fast I was going, also will penalty be a lot worse if I have been detected by more than 1 camera on the same stretch of road?

Our Response:
The fist thing you'll receive is a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) which is to identify you as the driver. The NIP is sent to the registered keeper within 14 days, as as long as you're the registered keeper and have not changed vehicle or address recently.
NoPenaltyPoints - 21-Nov-16 @ 11:35 AM
I'm sure I was flashed by a camera tonight. What should I expect in the post and when? Not sure exactly how fast I was going, also will penalty be a lot worse if I have been detected by more than 1 camera on the same stretch of road?
D - 19-Nov-16 @ 1:15 AM
I was caught on an average speed camera on M4 Wales and paid the fine but by mistake didn't include my licence.Instead of just writing to request the licence I just received a court summons.What can I do?
Gerry - 18-Nov-16 @ 3:40 PM
tbone - Your Question:
Hi,My company just received an NIP today dated 7/11/2016 from Hertfordshire constabulary about an alleged speeding offence on 12/10/2016. it is not addressed to anyone specific other than the company name and is dated 3 and a half weeks after the alleged offence. There is no evidence supplied with itCan it be ignored?

Our Response:
No, do not ignore it, if it includes a registration number it will probably relate to a vehicle that is used by someone in your company. If you need more information call the relevant police authority.
NoPenaltyPoints - 9-Nov-16 @ 11:22 AM
Timbo - Your Question:
I just had a speeding fine come in saying I was doing 69mph in a 60 between jct 19 to 20 on m4. ON the 8/8/16 I've just had a notice now dated the 3/11/16 come through to me on 4/11/16 saying they want to give me 3pts and a 100 quid fine can they still fine me cause 5 days short of 3months sorely it can't b right

Our Response:
You must have received an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) at some point earlier. Contact the police authority - ask them when/where it was sent and tell them you didn't receive it. It might not make much difference to the penalty though.
NoPenaltyPoints - 8-Nov-16 @ 2:25 PM
Hi, My company just received an NIP today dated 7/11/2016 from Hertfordshire constabulary about an alleged speeding offence on 12/10/2016. it is not addressed to anyone specific other than the company name and is dated 3 and a half weeks after the alleged offence. There is no evidence supplied with it Can it be ignored?
tbone - 8-Nov-16 @ 12:31 PM
Sohaib - Your Question:
Hi there I was driving on a 30 miles speed limit road at normal speed on left hand lane and I saw a big lorry in front of me so I went onto the right hand lane and over took the lorry but saw another van behind me in the right lane so I gave them the way and moved back to the lorry in the right lane but lorry speed was more than 30 mph so I accelerate the car so that to have a safe distance from the lorry and looking in the back mirror. When I looked at the front there was a camera van parked left so suddenly I applied break and speed came down to 30 mph but after a week time I received FPN asking for the details of the driver. It says speed was 39mph but they also send me a leaflet saying that if speed was 42 or less on a 30mph road then they will offer me a course. Please advise that if I can get away without paying any panelty.

Our Response:
No, you don't have a valid excuse for speeding. The likely options are that you will be offered a speedawareness course or a £100 fine plus 3 points.
NoPenaltyPoints - 7-Nov-16 @ 1:55 PM
I just had a speeding fine come in saying I was doing 69mph in a 60 between jct 19 to 20 on m4 . ON the 8/8/16 I've just had a notice now dated the 3/11/16 come through to me on 4/11/16 saying they want to give me 3pts and a 100 quid finecan they still fine me cause 5 days short of 3months sorely it can't b right
Timbo - 7-Nov-16 @ 12:01 PM
Hi there I was driving on a 30 miles speed limit road at normal speed on left hand lane and I saw a big lorry in front of me so I went onto the right hand lane and over took the lorry but saw another van behind me in the right lane so I gave them the way and moved back to the lorry in the right lane but lorry speed was more than 30 mph so I accelerate the car so that to have a safe distance from the lorry and looking in the back mirror. When I looked at the front there was a camera van parked left so suddenly I applied break and speed came down to 30 mph but after a week time I received FPN asking for the details of the driver. It says speed was 39mph but they also send me a leaflet saying that if speed was 42 or less on a 30mph road then they will offer me a course. Please advise that if I can get away without paying any panelty.
Sohaib - 5-Nov-16 @ 7:34 PM
LP11 - Your Question:
My wife has had a copy of an NIP sent to the company car lease company, for an offence of 81 in a 70 by an automatic camera device on 06/10/2016, the NIP is dated to the Lease Co of 27 October 2016, my wife has had this copy emailed to her stamped 31 October 2016, does the 14 day limit stand here I was driving not my wife

Our Response:
The 14 day limit might not apply as your wife is not the registered keeper. Was the orignal NIP dated 27th October or was that when the Lease company received it? If the former, you may still be able to argue that it was not issued to the registered keeper within the 14 day period.
NoPenaltyPoints - 2-Nov-16 @ 12:15 PM
My wife has had a copy of an NIP sent to the company car lease company, for an offence of 81 in a 70 by an automatic camera device on 06/10/2016, the NIP is dated to the Lease Co of 27 October 2016, my wife has had this copy emailed to her stamped 31 October 2016, does the 14 day limit stand here I was driving not my wife
LP11 - 1-Nov-16 @ 8:31 PM
I got snapped by a mobile camera back in June. It was my company car and I got snapped doing 93 in a 70. Work received the NIP and as normal it was filled out with my details and then I in turn received an NIP bearing my details. I filled this out and sent this in promptly admitting that I was the driver and awaited further correspondence. I then heard nothing more until today (28th October) when I received a "Single Justice Procedure Notice" asking me to enter my guilty/not guilty plea and return the documents to the court". Reading through the papers I see in the officers statement he states, "A conditional offer of a fixed penalty was sent to the above person by Royal Mail first class post. This has not been complied with." I have definitely not received any offer of fixed penalty and I have definitely been looking out for it. I was unsure wether I would receive a fixed penalty or have to attend court as I was doing 93 but reading some online stuff it seems the usual process would be to issue fixed penalty notices for speeds between 79 and 96 (I think). Also in the log of paperwork that has been "served on defendent", Exhibit A & B (the NIP sent to work being "A" and the NIP then sent to my home adress being "B") both had ticks next to them to indicate they HAD been served and copies of both were also included in the paperwork. Exhibit C, the "final reminder/section 172 request sent to the defendent", had NO tick, indicating it HAD NOT been served and there was no copy of any such document inluded as evidence within the paperwork. I'm not sure if I'm reading this all correctly but it seems to me they are saying they sent me an offer of an FPN which they claim I ignored but have also said it has not been served and they have no copy to show as evidence. Am I reading this correctly and do I have a leg to stand on?? Also does the fact that that have misspelt my name and adress on the correspondence (albeit slightly.... double 's' in my first name where there should only be one, and spelling my road name 'labur' rather than 'laburnum') have any bearing on this at all, or help my case in any way? Sorry for the long long story but your advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
CP - 29-Oct-16 @ 8:40 AM
I got snapped by a mobile camera back in June. It was my company car and I got snapped doing 93 in a 70. Work received the NIP and as normal it was filled out with my details and then I in turn received an NIP bearing my details. I filled this out and sent this in promptly admitting that I was the driver and awaited further correspondence. I then heard nothing more until today (28th October) when I received a "Single Justice Procedure Notice" asking me to enter my guilty/not guilty plea and return the documents to the court". Reading through the papers I see in the officers statement he states, "A conditional offer of a fixed penalty was sent to the above person by Royal Mail first class post. This has not been complied with." I have definitely not received any offer of fixed penalty and I have definitely been looking out for it. I was unsure wether I would receive a fixed penalty or have to attend court as I was doing 93 but reading some online stuff it seems the usual process would be to issue fixed penalty notices for speeds between 79 and 96 (I think). Also in the log of paperwork that has been "served on defendent", Exhibit A & B (the NIP sent to work being "A" and the NIP then sent to my home adress being "B") both had ticks next to them to indicate they HAD been served and copies of both were also included in the paperwork. Exhibit C, the "final reminder/section 172 request sent to the defendent", had NO tick, indicating it HAD NOT been served and there was no copy of any such document inluded as evidence within the paperwork. I'm not sure if I'm reading this all correctly but it seems to me they are saying they sent me an offer of an FPN which they claim I ignored but have also said it has not been served and they have no copy to show as evidence. Am I reading this correctly and do I have a leg to stand on?? Also does the fact that that have misspelt my name and adress on the correspondence (albeit slightly.... double 's' in my first name where there should only be one, and spelling my road name 'labur' rather than 'laburnum') have any bearing on this at all, or help my case in any way? Sorry for the long long story but your advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
CP - 28-Oct-16 @ 9:32 PM
AJ - Your Question:
I pulled onto a stretch of A road from an industrial estate, there were no speed limit signs on entry to the road and no signage along the 1st half mile. I was stopped by a Policeman with a speed gun and was given a ticket for doing 40 (which I thought the limit was) in a 30. Although I understand that there wouldn't be repeater signs, should there be a 30mph sign on entry to the road from the roundabout junction?

Our Response:
No 30mph signs are not often placed unless you're entering a 30mph zone on the same stretch of road (i.e the speed reduces from a 40 to a 30 without a junction etc). A driver should recognise that where there are three or more lamps throwing light on the carriageway and placed not more than 183 metres apart, a 30mph speed limit applies.
NoPenaltyPoints - 28-Oct-16 @ 2:39 PM
Jay - Your Question:
Hi there I got stopped by an officer holding a speed gun in February this yearin a car that is no longer registered to me and only received a single justice notice summoning me to court in September. It stated I was doing 54 on a road that is apparently 30 even though there are no signs and it's off a dual carriage way. I then pleaded guilty and was issued a £435 fine but no points? Is this possible?

Our Response:
You should certainly check that you were not issued with points (without your awareness) as this does seem unusual. There are not usually speed limit signs in 30mph zone so this would not be deemed an excuse.
NoPenaltyPoints - 27-Oct-16 @ 12:58 PM
I pulled onto a stretch of A road from an industrial estate, there were no speed limit signs on entry to the road and no signage along the 1st half mile. I was stopped by a Policeman with a speed gun and was given a ticket for doing 40 (which I thought the limit was) in a 30. Although i understand that there wouldn't be repeater signs, should there be a 30mph sign on entry to the road from the roundabout junction?
AJ - 27-Oct-16 @ 12:45 PM
I was papped by a camera van doing 84mph on a 70mph zone. The NIP was posted to my old address but as I paid Royal Mail for a redirection it was delivered to my new address. Should I complete it and accept responsibility or just ignore it and play dumb?
dunny81 - 26-Oct-16 @ 10:42 PM
Hi there I got stopped by an officer holding a speed gun in February this yearin a car that is no longer registered to me and only received a single justice notice summoning me to court in September. It stated I was doing 54 on a road that is apparently 30 even though there are no signs and it's off a dual carriage way. I then pleaded guilty and was issued a £435 fine but no points? Is this possible?
Jay - 26-Oct-16 @ 9:10 AM
Scotty - Your Question:
Hi, I received direct notification today of a speeding offence on September 19th this year. My car is a company vehicle which I've had for two years and is on a corporate rental agreement with BMW. We don't hold the logbook, but are keepers of the vehicle. The letter wasn't issued until the 20th October. Does the 14 day notification of an offence rule still apply? I read in the notes accompanying the letter that if you rent or lease the vehicle, the notification process is extended.Kind regards.

Our Response:
No, the 14 day rule will not apply as you will not be listed as the "owner" of the vehicle at the DVLA.
NoPenaltyPoints - 25-Oct-16 @ 12:22 PM
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