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Appealing Against a Speed Camera Ticket

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 23 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Speed cameras are one of the most popular devices used to catch speeding motorists. It is possible to appeal against a speed camera fine but losing the appeal could turn out to be costly.

Speed Cameras in the UK

Almost two million Fixed Penalty Notices are given each year to drivers who break the speed limit in the UK. Speed cameras and hand held speeding devices are two of the most common methods for the detection of speeding in the UK. The government has always claimed that Speed Cameras are a deterrent to speeding. Although many campaign groups in the UK have consistently challenged the reliability of roadside speed cameras many drivers do not appeal. Appealing against a speeding fine can leave the driver paying court costs, and can result in increased fines and penalty points.

Speeding Fines in the UK

Exceeding the speed limit in the UK can result in the driver receiving a Fixed Penalty Notice. The fixed penalty will usually mean three penalty points and a £100 fine. If court prosecution is intended then this can mean three to six penalty points and could also mean a discretionary ban. Court prosecution can also mean fines of up to one and half times your weekly salary if you are caught travelling at 51mph or above in a 30mph area or travelling at over 101mph on a motorway (although maximum fines of £1000 and £2500 respectively are still in place)

The Risk of a Driving Ban for Speeding

There is always the risk of a Driving Ban when speeding offences occur. The higher the excess speed the more chance there is of a disqualification being applied. General guidelines are that if the speed of the car is over 45% more than the speed limit a ban may indeed be imposed. Bans will usually last from between one week and 56 days but longer bans of 120 days are not uncommon. When penalty points are involved the driver will usually face a totting up ban if there are 12 or more points on a licence.

The Rules of a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP)

Drivers who have been caught speeding by a speed camera should be aware of the Notice of Intended Prosecution guidelines. These rules include:

  • The NIP must be issued to the driver within 14 days of the offence occurring
  • The NIP will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle
  • It is the registered owner’s responsibility to complete the driver information form
  • If the owner states that they did not know who was driving this will not be viewed as a defence
  • Owners who cannot identify the driver can face a £1000 fine and three penalty points
  • Registered owners who ignore the NIP can face fines of up to £1000 and up to 6 penalty points
  • The registered owner must send back the requested details within 28 days
  • OUR ADVICE: Always get a receipt of posting when you return your completed forms and keep a photocopy of the form if you can
  • Drivers who are intending to appeal are still required to send back the completed NIP details.

Appealing Against a Speed Camera Fine

Drivers who are intending to Appeal Against a Speeding Fine after being caught on camera should consider this carefully. Losing an appeal can lead to increased fines, increased penalty points, and court and legal representation costs. Anyone who is appealing against a speeding fine should seek legal representation as the case will usually be heard in court. It is of course possible to win an appeal and a solicitor will be able to gauge the likely chance of this happening. There may be certain mistakes or technicalities that could lead to the driver winning the appeal.

Reasons for a Successful Appeal against a Speeding Ticket

The most common reasons to appeal against a speed camera fine will be technicalities. There are strict guidelines in place regarding the positioning of speed cameras and speed limit signs. Mistakes such as speed limit signs not on both sides of the road can lead to a successful appeal. Drivers who are intending to appeal on these grounds should collect as much evidence as possible, including photographs of the area where the offence was alleged to have committed. Emergency situations that required the driver to speed could also be used as a defence and lead to a successful appeal.

In the UK only 1% of offences such as speeding fines are ever taken to the appeal process. Yet almost 60% of appeals that do end up in court are successful. Having enough evidence is vital when appealing against a speed camera fine.Although not compulsory, legal representation is a wise option when dealing with any court prosecution involving traffic offences.

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I have had an NIP through from a mobile speed camera which recorded me doing 36mph in a 30mph zone in a country village. Nothing spectalculour about that. Except I KNOW I wasn't over 30mph. I had seen the van from the distance anyway, and I made sure I stuck to 30mph exactly. My mother was in the passenger seat (who is a nervous passenger at the best of times) - she herself saw the mobile speed camera van and pointed to me, and then immediately relaxed when she noted I was within the 30mph speed limit. Which made it a huge surprise when a NIP arrived in the post. We both thought this was particularly strange as we remembered that exact moment precisely. We had both seen the van and both checked and confirmed I was doing the correct speed. But now I have the choice of entering a guilty plea to accept I fine I believe isn't warranted or take the case to court on what seems like thin evidence. I don't know if the speed camera caught a car going the other way or there was a technical issue - but I do know I was not speeding. Is there anything I can do to put my case across or should I just accept that whatever the 'official' line is is indisputable withouthard evidence?
Barnesy - 23-Oct-17 @ 2:44 PM
Hannah - Your Question:
I have recently received a speeding notice from a van camera showing 38 in a 30. The calibration certificate is dated January 17. I cannot say whether the camera is right or wrong as I cannot remember. However the picture shows 2 vehicles in front of me. The space between us all is not huge and therefore would indicate yo me that I am going the same speeds. Is there anything I can do other than just accept it for not remembering?

Our Response:
The proximity of the other vehicles willnot make a difference to the speed your vehicle was captured at. If you want to question this you will have to have evidence that you weren't speeding and be prepared to attend court to testify to that fact.
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Oct-17 @ 2:52 PM
I have recently received a speeding notice from a van camera showing 38 in a 30. The calibration certificate is dated January 17. I cannot say whether the camera is right or wrong as I cannot remember. However the picture shows 2 vehicles in front of me. The space between us all is not huge and therefore would indicate yo me that I am going the same speeds. Is there anything I can do other than just accept it for not remembering?
Hannah - 12-Oct-17 @ 5:53 PM
Steve - Your Question:
I have been fairly done for doing 83 in a 70 zone. No excuses, I'm guilty.However the paperwork says I was travelling west bound when I was actually east bound. Is this factual error grounds for an appeal?

Our Response:
It may be disregarded if it's still clear that it was you speeding unfortunately for you!
NoPenaltyPoints - 29-Sep-17 @ 2:11 PM
I have been fairly done for doing 83 in a 70 zone. No excuses, I'm guilty. However the paperwork says I was travelling west bound when I was actually east bound. Is this factual error grounds for an appeal?
Steve - 27-Sep-17 @ 7:42 PM
My husband was just stopped by the police and told he was doing 42 in a 30 zone. We are both professional drivers and both dispute this. He did tell the police this, they're reply was " well it's up to you if you want to pay it or not " Coming off a 40 zone into a 30 at the top of a hill, coming down the hill there is a dip and from the brow of the next hill 80 yards ahead is a turn to the right. This is where the police were sat, the view is not direct and us obscured by hedges, there is also plastic pedestrian barriers and cones and traffic going in the opposite direction. Am I right in thinking that we have a case for dispute, what is the best way to deal with it. Many thanks in advance
Veebee - 27-Aug-17 @ 8:01 PM
Stace - Your Question:
Hi I've been sent a speeding fine for doing 59 in an allegedly 40 zone on the motorway but the signs were flashing 60 and that's why I was doing 59 ? The same as everyone around me at the time. Can I appeal this !? But how do I prove this ?! Thanks

Our Response:
Sometimes you can obtain a record of speed of each camera at certain times. Contact the police authority or highways England to see if this is available. If you're certain the signs said 60 and want to appeal, it might be worth seeking an initial consultation with a legal professional.
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-Aug-17 @ 12:20 PM
Hi I've been sent a speeding fine for doing 59 in an allegedly 40 zone on the motorway but the signs were flashing 60 and that's why I was doing 59 ? The same as everyone around me at the time. Can I appeal this !? But how do I prove this ?! Thanks
Stace - 14-Aug-17 @ 1:44 PM
Ronnie - Your Question:
Hi I recently received a nip for doing 68mph on a 60 limit the speed is probably correct and the mobile camera is on a bend but I was overtaking a car that was doing about 55 mph do I have a case to appeal this as I did slow down once I finished overtaking.

Our Response:
No this is not considered a via reason to speed. If you are travelling faster than the vehicle in front, you need to allow yourself time to overtake while remaining within the speed limit.
NoPenaltyPoints - 14-Aug-17 @ 11:16 AM
Hi I recently received a nip for doing 68mph on a 60 limit the speed is probably correct and the mobile camera is on a bend but I was overtaking a car that was doing about 55 mph do I have a case to appeal this as I did slow down once I finished overtaking.
Ronnie - 11-Aug-17 @ 12:40 PM
I have recently received a NIP saying I was doing 59mph in a 50mph zone. I remember seeing a mobile speed camara van at the location, day and time the alleged offence took place.The road I was driving on was a dual carriageway with no street lighting and no repeater signs to say it was a 50 zone (last repeater sign was half a mile before the van and there are no repeater signs after it, only a NSL sign half a mile after the van).In the absence of street lighting or repeater signs, one could assume that the speed limit on this stretch of dual carraige way is the default 70mph.My question is, given above curcumstances, would I have a case of appealing the NIP?Thanks.
slightlyannoyed - 7-Jul-17 @ 12:04 PM
received a NIP - 45 in a temporary 40mph zone.On the day in question both myself and my wife drove the car separately on this road around the period in question and we genuinely don't know who was driving.we have asked to see photo evidence to see if this helps but they will not send until we name the driver.Is this allowed?I assumed they had to provide the photographic evidence.please advise the rules on whether they should provide this.if they don't and I go to Court - if I have a documented record where I have sought to get this and they have on record refused would this be in my favour?thanks
johnny - 20-Jun-17 @ 11:55 PM
I have received a notice from a hand held camera. The stretch of road is only about 200 yds long as you approach traffic lights...the notice says I was doing 40 in what is a 30 zone...honestly it would be difficult for me to get up to 40 (4thgear) in such a short space...I always decelerate approaching lights in case they change and I was turning left at the lights. I have read on the net that these handhelds are not reliable but how can you appeal.. I have no proof....sorry but I do not trust these machines or their operators
Katy - 20-May-17 @ 6:55 PM
I took a call from my partner to inform my that her grandfather had just passed away as she was so upset (she also suffers anxiety and has recently been called as a witness in court as she was raped a few years back and has never recovered mentally)I offered to go and get her from my job. In a panic I was caught speeding rushing to help my partner who I was worrying about her doing something stupid. Do i have a case for mitigating circumstances.
Ringram - 5-May-17 @ 9:27 PM
Hello, I was returning home late last night / very earlier this morning. It must have been around 2/3am, from South London. I do not usually travel at this time, but I had duties to attend to that undoubtedly needed my attention. I was on the M11 joining onto the N.circular, toward N.London Edmonton etc. I passed my driver's test in 2013, I received my first camerised speeding ticket within 6 months. I was heart broken as I misread the speed limit sign for that area. I received 3 point & a £60 fine. Truly I was gutted. Since then I have been extra conscious of my speed and always trying to stay within the given limit. Sometimes I exceed but I always end up realising and bring my speed back down. I've been trying extremely hard to keep an eye on my speed over the past four years and I've managed to keep my driving clean and safe. Both the M11 & N.circ were ridiculously clear and due to the time I lost track of my speed, but not by much! It was a 50mph zone, I did not see the camera sign whatsoever when coming up to the camera, but a little time before, I remember seeing one. It was late and just as I realised I was exceeding the limit I began to bring my speed down probably from 56/57mph, as I was reducing my speed, to my shock horror, I saw a flash, at this point I must have been going 54/55mph. I am not 100% sure the flash was for myself, as the camera was on the opposite side of the road, yet the roads were so empty I am almost 100% sure it was for me. I just don't want to be so sure! Anyway I learned my mistake those 3.5 years back and Ive been trying so hard on driving skill, speed and awareness.. It was just a genuine mistake and a school boy error. Do I have a leg to stand on? Am I able to appeal? Or is there even potential to just try to reason. I am happy to pay a fine because well I still committed an accidental speeding crime, I am even happy to take a speeding awareness class. But I am dreading having any more points on my licence, I am in fear of receiving a ban as I need to drive, for I use my vehicle for my business and I have been so cautious as to work on these past errors not reoccurring. Please any advise or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Andrew - 21-Apr-17 @ 2:19 PM
Hello, I was returning home late last night / very earlier this morning. It must have been around 2/3am, from South London. I do not usually travel at this time, but I had duties to attend to that undoubtedly needed my attention. I was on the M11 joining onto the N.circular, toward N.London Edmonton etc. I passed my driver's test in 2013, I received my first camerised speeding ticket within 6 months. I was heart broken as I misread the speed limit sign for that area. I received 3 point & a £60 fine. Truly I was gutted. Since then I have been extra conscious of my speed and always trying to stay within the given limit. Sometimes I exceed but I always end up realising and bring my speed back down. I've been trying extremely hard to keep an eye on my speed over the past four years and I've managed to keep my driving clean and safe. Both the M11 & N.circ were ridiculously clear and due to the time I lost track of my speed, but not by much! It was a 50mph zone, I did not see the camera sign whatsoever when coming up to the camera, but a little time before, I remember seeing one. It was late and just as I realised I was exceeding the limit I began to bring my speed down probably from 56/57mph, as I was reducing my speed, to my shock horror, I saw a flash, at this point I must have been going 54/55mph. I am not 100% sure the flash was for myself, as the camera was on the opposite side of the road, yet the roads were so empty I am almost 100% sure it was for me. I just don't want to be so sure! Anyway I learned my mistake those 3.5 years back and Ive been trying so hard on driving skill, speed and awareness.. It was just a genuine mistake and a school boy error. Do I have a leg to stand on? Am I able to appeal? Or is there even potential to just try to reason. I am happy to pay a fine because well I still committed an accidental speeding crime, I am even happy to take a speeding awareness class. But I am dreading having any more points on my licence, I am in fear of receiving a ban as I need to drive, for I use my vehicle for my business and I have been so cautious as to work on these past errors not reoccurring. Please any advise or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Andrew - 21-Apr-17 @ 8:45 AM
Hi received a speeding ticketcan I appeal on the grounds I was on an emergencygoing to work. I work for the priory group MENTAL health and a girl with SEN ALSO WITH AUTISMgot stuck in her room AFTER THE LOCK FAILED .. I was telephoned by my manager to come out and fix the door as she was having a bad behaviour should I appeal
Bish - 14-Apr-17 @ 4:39 PM
VP - Your Question:
Hi there.Please can you help?I've been sent a NIP and need to provide driver details (which I will do)However, the road (as stated on the NIP) is 'M60 M/Way Clockwise Jct 25, Bredbury, Stockport, United Kingdom'.The calibration certificate on the online web access states that the 'site name' is M60 J25 Bredbury (which is correct) but the 'direction' is showing 'Southbound'.This is not the official name of the motorway, the way the motorway is laid out means that the direction of travel is referred to as 'anti-clockwise' or 'clockwise' which does not match the direction on the calibration certificate.Do you think this would form a suitable ground of appeal? The official name of the motorway as per Highways England is 'clockwise' (as correctly stated on the NIP) but not on the certificate.Many thanks

Our Response:
No, this would not be a reason for rejection. We're familiar with this ring road and many of the signs do actually refer to "south and west" etc
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Apr-17 @ 1:05 PM
Crispy - Your Question:
Reccently chelmsford city has changed the red light cameras to speed traps and ive had three tickets come through can I appeal these tickets

Our Response:
Why? If you were speeding, you were speeding.
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Apr-17 @ 12:55 PM
Hi there. Please can you help? I've been sent a NIP and need to provide driver details (which I will do) However, the road (as stated on the NIP) is 'M60 M/Way Clockwise Jct 25, Bredbury, Stockport, United Kingdom'. The calibration certificate on the online web access states that the 'site name' is M60 J25 Bredbury (which is correct) but the 'direction' is showing 'Southbound'. This is not the official name of the motorway, the way the motorway is laid out means that the direction of travel is referred to as 'anti-clockwise' or 'clockwise' which does not match the direction on the calibration certificate. Do you think this would form a suitable ground of appeal? The official name of the motorway as per Highways England is 'clockwise' (as correctly stated on the NIP) but not on the certificate. Many thanks
VP - 11-Apr-17 @ 7:11 PM
Reccently chelmsford city has changed the red light cameras to speed traps and ive had three tickets come through can i appeal these tickets
Crispy - 11-Apr-17 @ 5:19 PM
Nav - Your Question:
I have been caught by the camera doing 35 on 30 mile road but the camera does not have reflective paint or tape on it to spot it. Its new type cameras even though yellow in color but not highly visible as compared to rest of cameras else where.Do I have argument to contest?

Our Response:
No this is only advisory and cannot be used to escape a penalty.
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-Apr-17 @ 2:19 PM
I have been caught by the camera doing 35 on 30 mile road but the camera does not have reflective paint or tape on it to spot it. Its new type cameras even though yellow in color but not highly visible as compared to rest of cameras else where. Do i have argument to contest?
Nav - 7-Apr-17 @ 10:45 PM
Sadly i was caught in hanger lane doing 46 on a 30mph zone , I'm only 19 and I am worried this will now cause my insurance to go over the roof. I am not sure weather to just take the points or appeal and get legal advice ?
TMoney - 16-Mar-17 @ 2:36 PM
Marcbbill - Your Question:
I have just been driving down the road when an ambulance came up behind me with its blues and twos on I panicked and put my foot down as I wanted to pull into an upcoming lay-by that I could see to let him past, I didn't notice the speed camera both myself and the ambulance got flashed by the camera would this be grounds for an appeal' I know there are no excuses for speeding but like I said I panicked.

Our Response:
It may be considered as mitigating circumstances, especially if it was your only alternative to ease the passage of the ambulance. Speak to a legal professional as you're likely to have to contest it in court.
NoPenaltyPoints - 2-Mar-17 @ 12:49 PM
I have just been driving down the road when an ambulance came up behind me with its blues and twos on I panicked and put my foot down as I wanted to pull into an upcoming lay-by that I could see to let him past, I didn't notice the speed camera both myself and the ambulance got flashed by the camera would this be grounds for an appeal' I know there are no excuses for speeding but like I said i panicked.
Marcbbill - 28-Feb-17 @ 10:53 PM
I have received a fine for doing 48 in a supposed temporary 40 zone it says between junction 8-7 on the day I got my letter in the post I drive to the junction where I knew the tempory signs and electronic signs both say 50mph should I get legal advice and challenge even tho the pictures are taken on the day I got my letter and not on the day I was supposedly speeding?
Aaron - 25-Feb-17 @ 10:57 PM
Dave - Your Question:
I got a speeding notice for 39 in a 30, but it it was issued 35 days after the offence, can I appeal? I read that its 14 days max? Is that correct?

Our Response:
If you have not changed your vehicle, or address in the past few months and if you are the registered keeper (i.e it is not a hire/lease car or company car) then you may be able to challenge. See our Guide here
NoPenaltyPoints - 23-Feb-17 @ 2:40 PM
I got a speeding notice for 39 in a 30, but it it was issued 35 days after the offence, can I appeal? I read that its 14 days max? Is that correct?
Dave - 22-Feb-17 @ 8:55 PM
I've been caught at the infamous Gunnersbury Avenue 30mph temporary limit restriction at Chiswick, doing 35mph. I'm now considering appealing and would appreciate you can advice whether it's convenient to come forward with a solicitor, and if so what specialist should I seek? Thanks, Val
Val - 27-Jan-17 @ 3:34 PM
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