Anybody caught going through a speed camera and subsequently accepts doing so or is convicted in a court for doing so, will in addition to penalty points or a driving disqualification, be given a fine. The level of fine will dependent on various things such as the severity of the offence, whether the matter has been dealt with by the police or Magistrates Court and also the financial means of the person contravening the law.
A fine can range from a minimal fee of £60 for the more minor offences and up to £1000 for the more serious offences. The more serious offences are usually dealt with in the Magistrates Court and it is from here that the higher end of fines are imposed.
A £60 fine imposed from a fixed penalty should be paid within 28 days of the penalty being accepted whereas a fine imposed by a court will have to be paid when the Magistrates ordered this to be done. A statement of means would be completed at court detailing the financial incomings and outgoings of an individual as this will assist the court in imposing the fine and will therefore be based on the individual’s income levels. In cases where the individual is financially able to do so, the court will order him or her to pay the fine immediately or within the next 7-14 days. In cases where the individual is not so financially able, the court will order him or her to pay the fine over a specified period with a set amount to be paid weekly.
People often think of the speeding fine in its monetary value but in addition to the monetary element, the more important to most will be the penalty imposed on their driving licence. Penalty points imposed for speeding offences range from 3 to 6 points and can significantly harm an individual’s driving licence for various reasons such as the increase in insurance premium and employability issues, particularly when they drive for a living. In cases where individuals already have penalty points on their licence and end up with 12 points on their licence, they would be disqualified from driving for a minimum of 6 months, which for most, would cause a massive inconvenience, not to mention the financial implications.
When people are accused of speeding they should really ask themselves whether first they did commit the alleged offence but also how potentially harmful the penalty from a speeding fine and penalty points could affect their lives as a whole. People will be upsettingly surprised when they really think about this and should maybe ask themselves whether they should be accepting or challenging their cases!
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