Draycott Browne’s team of specialist Speeding Offence Solicitors provide specialist legal support to anyone accused of breaking the speed limit. We’re here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can be confident we’re always here to help.
To speak to one of our Speeding Solicitors, call today on +44 (0)161 452 7675 or fill in our contact form to request a call back.
How can I be caught speeding?
Speeding is the most common motoring offence in the UK, with over two million speeding tickets handed out in 2017. Typically, people are caught in one of two ways:
- Being pulled over by the police: road traffic officers will often be stationed at locations viewed as common locations for speeding with handheld devices designed to check your speed. If the device shows you are speeding, you will be pulled over at the roadside by the police who may hand you a fixed penalty notice or request you appear at the police station within seven days.
- Being seen by a speed camera: speed cameras are now a common feature on Britain’s roads. If a camera catches you speeding, you will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) through the post within 14 days of the alleged offence.
However you are accused of speeding, accessing legal advice immediately could play a key role in reducing your punishment or even eliminating the case completely.
The penalties for speeding
Should you be found guilty of speeding, a range of penalties could be issued, with a fixed penalty notice leaving you liable to pay a fine of £100 and three points on your driving license. The exact penalty will be determined by your speed and your history of offences, however, and could include:
- A maximum fine of £2,500
- 3-6 penalty points on your driving license
- Being disqualified from driving
Naturally, these could have a significant impact on your life, making expert legal advice legal advice vital.
UK speeding limits
At the surface-level, UK speed limits are incredibly straightforward:
- 30mph in built-up areas
- 60mph on single carriageways
- 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways
Often, however, individual roads will have different speed limits, making paying attention to any signage important if you are to avoid accidentally speeding. Many built-up areas, for example, have speed limits of just 20mph, while many dual carriageways limit you to 40mph.
Claiming to be unaware of the speed limit will typically not be seen as sufficient defence against a speeding conviction, maintaining an awareness of these changes in limit will dramatically reduce the chance of you being prosecuted for speeding.
Appealing a speeding conviction
If you have been convicted of speeding but believe you were not speeding or your punishment was too harsh, you may be able to appeal the conviction. A successful appeal could significantly reduce or eliminate the initial penalty.
Anyone wishing to lodge an appeal should speak to a solicitor who, upon learning the facts of the case, will be able to advise on the potential for success and take the required steps to commence your appeal.
How we can help
Our team of specialist speeding solicitors have helped many people accused of speeding over the years. We have a thorough understand of the law regarding speeding offences, allowing us to provide you with complete support and world class legal advice.
If you would like to speak to a member of our team regarding a speeding offence, you can call us on +44 (0)161 452 7675 or fill in our contact form to request a call back.