Speeding ticket fines are given to members of the public accused of exceeding the speed limit. The usual process is for a police officer to stop a motorist who they allege has been speeding and issue them with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). The FPN is an offer to the motorist of paying a fine of £60 and having 3 penalty points added to their driving licence. Motorists have the option of accepting this FPN or if they dispute the alleged speeding, they can opt for the matter to be dealt with via the Magistrates Court and challenge the evidence of the police.
If a case is forwarded to the Magistrates Court, a court summons would be issued to the motorist and must be done so within 6 months of the date of the alleged offence. If the summons is issued outside of this time limit, the court will not have jurisdiction to deal with the matter and the case would be withdrawn. It is therefore always important to ensure that any court summons has been issued within the correct timeframe.
As stated above, speeding tickets usually attract a fine of £60 if dealt with by way of a fixed penalty. However, all will depend on the level of speed alleged and the speed limit for that particular road as higher speeds cannot be dealt with via this system and will have to be referred to the Magistrates Court. The speeds listed below can be dealt with via the FPN system:
|Speed Limit (mph)||Alleged Speed (mph)|
|20||21 – 30|
|30||31 – 40|
|40||41 – 55|
|50||51 – 65|
|60||61 – 80|
|70||71 – 90|
Speeds higher than what is listed in the above table should be referred to the Magistrates Court although in practice, some police authorities will allow for some cases to be dealt with by way of a FPN.
Speed Awareness Course
In cases where the motorist is eligible for a FPN, there may also be the opportunity for the motorist to be offered a Speed Awareness Course (SAW) instead of the FPN. The SAW is often more attractive for the majority of motorists because no penalty points are imposed on the driving licence but is not always available. Rules on offering the SAW are decided by each individual police force and will be available on their websites.
Speeding ticket fines are often daunting to motorists as for some people it may not just be a case of points being added to the driving licence. For example, if a motorist already has 9 penalty points on their licence, another 3 points would result in a disqualification from driving for a minimum of 6 months!
Anybody accused of speeding should seek legal advice in order to consider what options are available. It may simply be a case of “yes I was speeding” but are at risk of losing their driving licence or “no I was not speeding” and expert legal advice is required to see whether the offence could be challenged.