Speeding

The Offence

Exceeding the speed limit applicable for the class of vehicle and road

Likely Punishment

Fine up to £2,500, 3-6 points, and discretionary disqualification for up to 6 months

Defences

the prosecution need to show by 2 separate means that an speeding offence has been committed

Speeding Offence Guide

Speeding offences

Speeding offences fall into 5 general categories

  1. Offences committed on roads restricted to speeds of 20, 30, 40, and 50 mph
  2. Temporary speed limits placed on roads with limits of 50-70 mph
  3. Exceeding the limit on motorways
  4. Exceeding the speed limit applicable for the class of vehicle driven
  5. Failing to attain a minimum speed limit set for a specific class of road

Normally there must be two independent pieces of evidence to prove the allegation, one of which may be a speed-measuring device.  Use of speed measuring devices are covered by various rules, breach of which may cause the prosecution to fail. The most commonly used devices are:

  1. Gatso
  2. Truevelo
  3. LTI 2020
  4. Vascar / Police Pilot
  5. Calibrated Speedometer

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for speeding?

Yes, there is a requirement for an NIP for speeding unless one of the exceptions apply.  Please go to our Notice of Intended Prosecution guide for further information.

Punishment for Speeding

Fine up to £1,000 (£2,500 on motorways), 3-6 points, and discretionary disqualification for up to 6 months. In extreme cases prison or an unlimited disqualification apply, although these are usually prosecuted as either Careless or Dangerous Driving.

Defences to Speeding

It is necessary for the prosecution to show by 2 separate means that an offence has been committed, which is why they paint the lines on the road to back up the speed cameras. Fuller information on the type of device used in your case and the problems with this can be found in our speed device guides. The police regularly fail to issue the appropriate paperwork and there are a lot of technical defences to this charge, particularly where the device may not have been used correctly.  We always recommend that you seek legal advice before accepting that you were either the driver of the vehicle concerned or that you were speeding.

Type of vehicle

Built-up areas *

Single carriageway

Dual carriageways

Motorways

Cars & motorcycles

30

60

70

70

Cars towing caravans or trailers

30

50

60

60

Buses, coaches and minibuses

30

50

60

70

Goods vehicles

30

50

60

70**

Goods vehicles

30

40

50

60

* The 30 mph limit usually applies to all traffic on all roads with street lighting unless signs show otherwise.
** 60 mph (96 km/h) if articulated or towing a trailer.

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