Speeding Offence Legal Advice
Speeding is by far the most common offence caused by motorists. In 2013 alone, over 115,000 people were fined for speeding and speeding was also a contributory factor reported in over 15,000 motoring accidents that led to injury.
If you are caught speeding and are stopped by the police, they can provide you with a verbal Notice of Intended Prosecution or send your case straight to Court.
If you were caught speeding by a speed camera, the vehicles registered keeper must be sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution within 14 days of the speeding offence taking place. It is crucial that the owner of the vehicle responds to the Notice, as failure to do so could lead to the owner of the vehicle having to attend a Court hearing. The owner could be prosecuted of an offence of failing to furnish details of the driver. If convicted, this will lead to a minimum of 6 penalty points being endorsed on the owners license. If the owner of the vehicle is not provided with a Notice within 14 days of the offence the matter cannot proceed to a Court hearing.
The minimum penalty for a speeding offence is the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice (a speeding ticket), which is a £100 fine together with a 3 penalty point endorsement being added to your license. It is possible that you may be offered the option of attending a speed awareness course in order to avoid paying a fine and incurring penalty points. This will depend on the individual circumstances of each speeding offence and is only offered to people who have been caught speeding at lower speeds.
If, however, you are caught speeding at around 40% above the legal speed limit, the Courts are more likely to issue you with a driving ban ranging from a 14 day ban up to a year-long ban, however, the Courts may issue a six point penalty.
It is important that you contact a specialist solicitor as soon as possible if you have been caught speeding and you are likely to incur penalty points that will exceed the 12 point maximum on your license. We are here to help and assist you, If you would like further information please contact Ghaz Iqbal on 0113 200 7413.