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What to Do If You Get a Speeding Ticket

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 15 May 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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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
Sophie - Your Question:
I received a letter in the post a week ago saying I had been caught speeding doing 35 in a 30 zone, I was offered a speed awareness course and opted for that option, whilst waiting to hear if I had been accepted I got another letter, same road but this time doing 43mph in a 30 zone, I am confident I will still be able to take the course and have to accept the three points for the other offence, but I have only been driving a year and a half, so three more points and I lose my licence, this road has caught many people speeding without them knowing until they received a letter, so now I am worrying that I have been caught again without knowing (the speed limit was not clear, I wasn't knowingly speeding until I received the first letter) if another letter comes that's another three points and my license gone, is there anything I can do about this? I would never speed knowingly and surely the fact that this road is known for catching drivers off guard, myself included on two separate occasions has to mean something? I have been in this road several times going to work as a roofer, and am really panicking that I was speeding every time I went on it and there are more letters to come. (Ps, I do not know this road, I work on sites and go to different locations everyweek, like I said, I didn't know it was a 30 until I received the first letter.)

Our Response:
Your licence is revoked if you obtain 6 or more points during the two years after passing your test. If you've accepted a course for the 1st offence, then 3 points for the second will mean you're still within the 6 points, further offences however, may mean your licence is revoked. Not knowing the speed limit is unlikely to be considered an excuse. If there are no speed limit signs and there is street lighting, the speed limit is 30mph (there are no repeater signs in a 30mph zone).
NoPenaltyPoints - 19-Mar-18 @ 10:26 AM
I received a letter in the post a week ago saying I had been caught speeding doing 35 in a 30 zone, I was offered a speed awareness course and opted for that option, whilst waiting to hear if I had been accepted I got another letter, same road but this time doing 43mph in a 30 zone, I am confident I will still be able to take the course and have to accept the three points for the other offence, but I have only been driving a year and a half, so three more points and I lose my licence, this road has caught many people speeding without them knowing until they received a letter, so now I am worrying that I have been caught again without knowing (the speed limit was not clear, i wasn't knowingly speeding until i received the first letter) if another letter comes that's another three points and my license gone, is there anything I can do about this? I would never speed knowingly and surely the fact that this road is known for catching drivers off guard, myself included on two separate occasions has to mean something? I have been in this road several times going to work as a roofer, and am really panicking that I was speeding every time I went on it and there are more letters to come. (Ps, I do not know this road, I work on sites and go to different locations everyweek, like I said, I didn't know it was a 30 until I received the first letter.)
Sophie - 16-Mar-18 @ 4:23 AM
I've just received an NIP for 73 in a 50 zone. It states the location as at A184 Felling Bypass from Heworth to Whitemare Pool however I was travelling in the opposite direction over a dual carriageway away from the camera. Is this classed as incorrect information should be Whitemare Pool to Heworth worth appealing?
Dev - 14-Mar-18 @ 7:22 PM
I was caught at 10.30pm doing 96mph through a switched off variable speed limit camera on the M5. I was taking my wife to the North Staffs as she had received a call saying her granddad had not long left so she obviously wanted to see him. I can back all this up. I would also lose my job if any significant ban was imposed. What, in your opinion, would be the most likely outcome and what should I do next? Thanks.
Nicholls001 - 14-Mar-18 @ 8:32 AM
Just got a NIP for 73mph on the M25. There was a variable speed of 60MPH sign but i remember being flashed but there was a sign in front of me stating that the National Speed limit was back. Do you have to wait for that exact spot before changing speeds? do you think i would have grounds to appeal?
sean1978 - 7-Mar-18 @ 1:56 PM
Christian - Your Question:
Hi, Last week I was sent a speeding ticket for allegedly doing 50mph in a 40 zone. I am certain I was not speeding as the place where the Detection Van was parked was directly opposite a Fixed Gatso. There was a car next to me that was travelling well in excess of the speed limit is it possible that the Detection Van can make a mistake in trying to capture the other speeding vehicle ?

Our Response:
It's very unlikely...here's what the RAC say: "As long as the speed camera operator can see and target your vehicle they will be able to get a reading of your speed. This is because the laser beam emitted by a mobile speed camera when it hits your vehicle, can be as small as 10cm in diameter."
NoPenaltyPoints - 28-Feb-18 @ 10:02 AM
Hi, Last week I was sent a speeding ticket for allegedly doing 50mph in a 40 zone. I am certain I was not speeding as the place where the Detection Van was parked was directly opposite a Fixed Gatso. There was a car next to me that was travelling well in excess of the speed limit is it possible that the Detection Van can make a mistake in trying to capture the other speeding vehicle ?
Christian - 26-Feb-18 @ 12:46 PM
Me and my partner share a vehicle and we received a speeding fine addressed to him , he didn’t reply and then I recieved a letter address to me the same letter as him. He is the owner of the vehicle however I am the insurance policy holder , I replied and asked for photographic evidence to identify who was driving due to it been a shared vehicle. After receiving this I identified my self as the driver and my boyfriend as the owner. I received a response back stating that the details I had given did not match the evidence due to age or gender and had another form to fill out again I gave my details to which I received a letter back stating that they did not receive a response and it is now on the revert to court system. I’ve given them my details twice but they have chose not to believe this what can I do ?
Chelsea - 15-Feb-18 @ 4:45 PM
Nebuchadnezzar- Your Question:
I recently received an NIP for driving at 36 in a 20 mph zone, this is my first violation and I've been driving for four years, I understand that I was going too far over the limit to be offered the course and I think I can handle a £100 fine and 3 points as so far I have a clean license but I'm worried I might've been going too far in excess of the speed limit to qualify for a fixed penalty.

Our Response:
According to the guidelines, a court summons might be issued at speeds of 35 mph and above.
NoPenaltyPoints - 29-Jan-18 @ 3:11 PM
Reece64 - Your Question:
I have recently been working in a new area for a period of 4 days and am completely paranoid I may have got multiple speeding tickets as there was a road which went from 30 to 50 but just before and after the 50 sign there were average speed cameras and it made me second guess myself every time I passed them. I am really worried that I did get tickets (I know I have to wait) and wondered if I have will they be grouped together? I am more than happy to pay a fine if I have broken the law but this amount of tickets would surely result in a ban??? Driving is essential for my job. Any advice or guidance would be great. No haters we all make mistakes

Our Response:
We've answered this in the place youinitially posted here
NoPenaltyPoints - 23-Jan-18 @ 3:23 PM
I have recently been working in a new area for a period of 4 days and am completely paranoid I may have got multiple speeding tickets as there was a road which went from 30 to 50 but just before and after the 50 sign there were average speed cameras and it made me second guess myself every time I passed them. I am really worried that I did get tickets (I know I have to wait) and wondered if I have will they be grouped together? I am more than happy to pay a fine if I have broken the law but this amount of tickets would surely result in a ban??? Driving is essential for my job. Any advice or guidance would be great. No haters we all make mistakes
Reece64 - 20-Jan-18 @ 8:26 PM
I recently received an NIP for driving at 36 in a 20 mph zone, this is my first violation and I've been driving for four years, I understand that I was going too far over the limit to be offered the course and I think I can handle a £100 fine and 3 points as so far I have a clean license but I'm worried I might've been going too far in excess of the speed limit to qualify for a fixed penalty.
Nebuchadnezzar - 15-Jan-18 @ 5:43 PM
Rach - Your Question:
HiI have had an NIP on our motability vehicle in my child's name. Apparently doing 35 in a 30. I thought it was speed limit plus 10% plus 2 which would be 35. Do I chance it by not taking the course etc. We live in Wales

Our Response:
The device tolerance is 32mph. A fixed penalty usually offered from speeds of 35 mph upwards with speeds of over 50mph resulting in a court summons. Sometimes a course will be offered for speeds of 35mph to 42 mph. If you're offered the choice of a course and don't choose it, you will be given a fixed penalty.
NoPenaltyPoints - 18-Dec-17 @ 12:57 PM
Hi I have had an NIP on our motability vehicle in my child's name. Apparently doing 35 in a 30. I thought it was speed limit plus 10% plus 2 which would be 35. Do I chance it by not taking the course etc. We live in Wales
Rach - 15-Dec-17 @ 6:34 PM
bigdave - Your Question:
I recently had a ticket come through the post 3 months after the event. I was caught at exactly 100mph in a 70 zone. says they have photographic evidence but think it must have been from a stationary camera. I have not filled it in and sent it back yet, especially as the offence was committed on 12th september 2017. they have now sent another form through saying that the driver details must be completed within 10 days otherwise a court summons will be sent. I'm kinda hoping if its left long enough to reach 6 months, it disappears. worried if it goes to court what my consequences could be, any suggestions on my story.thanks in advance

Our Response:
If you don't reply you will receive a court summons regardless. If this a first/original NIP and not a follow up one, you can only reject it if you were the registered keeper at the time of the offence and had not changed vehicle or address around that time. Check out our guide for further information
NoPenaltyPoints - 12-Dec-17 @ 2:37 PM
I recently had a ticket come through the post 3 months after the event. i was caught at exactly 100mph in a 70 zone. says they have photographic evidence but think it must have been from a stationary camera. i have not filled it in and sent it back yet, especially as the offence was committed on 12th september 2017. they have now sent another form through saying that the driver details must be completed within 10 days otherwise a court summons will be sent. I'm kinda hoping if its left long enough to reach 6 months, it disappears. worried if it goes to court what my consequences could be, any suggestions on my story. thanks in advance
bigdave - 11-Dec-17 @ 1:49 AM
Hi, I was driving on the M25 one evening, the variable speed limits were showing changeable speeds but varying between 40 and 50. However between three junction they were closing lanes randomly causing vehicles to move across lanes along the whole stretch, at on point from four down to one lane. I got flashed at one gantry when coming around a bend and a truck on the inside of me, I saw my lane was closed from the overhead sign and moved over (likely accelerating to do so) but received a notice for doing 61 in a 50 zone. I drive a sports car so plus or minus 10mph is a couple seconds. Can I claim safety and the need to maneuver as a defense? I have the footage from a dash cam. Thanks
Cerbus - 6-Dec-17 @ 9:54 PM
Parkey5 - Your Question:
I have been sent an NIP for doing 47mph on the motorway for going through a variable speed limit where the limit was 40mph.I'm sure the car photographed on the outside lane was going much faster than me, but it's possible I was going the notified speed? I really can't remember, the speed changes so much on the M62 at the moment.Is there anything you can do to help?

Our Response:
Not really....you have no way of proving whether you werespeeding or not. If you're sure you were not speeding you could appeal and the case will go to court, it will then be up to the police to provide their evidence of your speed. Only do this if you're 100% sure you weren't travelling at 47mph as suggested.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Dec-17 @ 12:57 PM
Davidjon71 - Your Question:
I was caught in my small works van doing 92mph on a dual carriageway, by a policeman using a speed gun whilst on a bridge.He did say that I would receive a NIP 10 to 20 days later; which was a month ago??Any suggestions??

Our Response:
An NIP is only issued if you're not stopped at the time of the offence. It's more likely that he told you a Fixed Penalty Notice would be issued. These are usually issued within 28 days but the police have up to 6 months in which to take further action. It's also likely that court summons might beissued depending on the speed limit in force at the time...again, the police have up to 6 months in which to initiate action.
NoPenaltyPoints - 4-Dec-17 @ 12:28 PM
I was caught in my small works van doing 92mph on a dual carriageway, by a policeman using a speed gun whilst on a bridge. He did say that I would receive a NIP 10 to 20 days later; which was a month ago?? Any suggestions??
Davidjon71 - 3-Dec-17 @ 8:09 PM
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