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Have you received a speeding fine and feel unsure about what to do next? We’re here to help. Each month, more than 130,000 people visit our website to understand their fines and parking tickets.

In this helpful guide, we’ll talk about:

  • What a Fixed Penalty Notice is
  • If you need to pay it right away
  • How you can question the notice
  • Times when you might not have to pay
  • What might happen if you choose not to pay

We know that getting a speeding ticket can be frustrating. But don’t worry; you’re not alone. We’re here to explain the process, the laws, and what your options are.

Let’s start by discussing the Fixed Penalty Notice.

Do You Have to Pay Speeding Fines?

In some circumstances, you might have a legitimate reason not to pay your speeding fine.

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What happens when you’re caught speeding?

You can either be caught by a speed camera or by the police.

If a speed camera catches you

You’ll be sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and Section 172 notice within 14 days of your car being caught speeding.

You have 28 days to return the Section 172 notice, informing the police who was driving when your car was caught speeding.

If you ignore the notice, you may be taken to court. But if you plead guilty and respond, you will be sent one of these two:

· a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)

· a court letter

If the police catch you

The police can:

· give you a verbal warning – you only need to listen and act politely to get away with the offence.

· send or give you a Fixed Penalty Notice

· order you to go to court – you’d get a letter that tells you what to do.

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Situation

Initial Fine £100
Additional Fees £171
Total Fine £271

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Total Fine £271
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What happens if you lie about who was driving when speeding?

If you lie about who was driving when speeding, it means you have pleaded not guilty.

You will be taken to court and face a trial.

You will have to prove one of the following to get away with your plea:

· that you were not speeding.

· that you weren’t driving when the offence took place.

· that the speed limit symbol wasn’t within sight

· that the vehicle caught speeding wasn’t yours.

· that your car was stolen

The judge will likely get all the necessary documents to prove you were lying, and if this happens, you may face a maximum penalty for preventing justice.

So, unless you know how to get out of a speeding ticket, you may end up facing the maximum penalty.

As mentioned earlier, you can get up to a maximum of £1,000 (or £2,500 if you were driving on a motorway).

Check out this comment posted on a popular forum when another motorist wondered if it was okay to use another licence rather than their own.

Source: Moneysavingexpert

Can you check if you’ve been caught speeding?

No. There’s no way to check if you’ve been caught speeding.

Getting a Fixed Penalty Notice

Whether you’re caught by a camera or stopped by the police, if you plead guilty immediately when you get the Fixed Penalty Notice, this opens up another opportunity for you.

You may face the regular £100 fine plus 3 points or get an option to attend a speed awareness course.

A speed awareness course costs between £80 – £100, but it’s better than being fined £100 and getting 3 points on your licence.

But if you plead not guilty upon receiving the FPN, you will be taken to court to prove yourself and will likely face a higher fine and penalty points.

The court can fine you up to a maximum of £1,000 (or £2,500 if you were driving on a motorway).

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How many points will you get for speeding in the UK?                                  

The number of points you get when caught speeding depends on how fast you go above the limit.

There are three bands you can fall into based on how fast you were running above the speed limit; these are “Band A”, “Band B”, and “Band C”.

Here’s a table showing the points for each group.

Speed limit (mph) Car Speed (Band A) Car Speed (Band B) Car Speed (Band C)
20 21-30 31-41 41 and above
30 31-40 41-50 51 and above
40 41-55 56-65 66 and above
50 51-65 66-75 76 and above
60 61-70 81-90 91 and above
70 71-90 91-100 101 and above
Points 3 points 4 to 6 points 6 points
Disqualification 7 to 28 days 7 to 56 days

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Explanation

· If you were driving on roads with a 20 mph speed limit, and your car speed falls between 21-30 mph, you belong to band A.

· If you were driving on roads with a 40 mph speed limit, and your car speed falls between 56-65 mph, you belong to band B.

· And so on.

How much is a speeding fine in the UK?

The financial penalty for speeding in the UK depends on how fast you drove beyond the speed limit when you were caught.

Your weekly earnings will also be put into consideration when determining you’re fine; however, the minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine plus three penalty points.

Gathering up to 12 penalty points on your licence within three years can lead to a driving ban for a minimum of 6 months.

Below is a table showing the speeding fine for each band.

Band Fine
A 25-75% of weekly income
B 75-125% of weekly income
C 125-175% of weekly income

Can you go to jail for overspeeding in the UK?

The maximum penalty you can get for a speeding offence alone is a fine and penalty points or a driving ban.

The courts can’t send you to prison for speeding alone unless there are other offences included, such as when speeding causes a fatal accident.

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What is a speed awareness course?

If the authorities believe you are eligible, you could be offered a speed awareness course as an alternative to being fined and getting penalty points.

This is a paid for option that’s available at an authority’s discretion provided you haven’t already attended a course within the last three years.

Hire a Solicitor for less than a coffee.

If you’re thinking about appealing your speeding fine then getting some professional advice is a good idea.

Getting the support of a Solicitor can make your appeal much more likely to win.

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FAQs

Do speeding tickets increase insurance?
Yes. When you receive a speeding ticket, you get hit with 3 penalty points and pay a fine. With more points on your licence, your insurance premium will increase, thus costing more to get protection.
How Long Is A Speed Awareness Course?
Generally, a speed awareness course takes an average of 4 hours to complete. When you include the additional time for a break in the middle of the session, the total time will be more than 4 hours.
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Janine Marsh is an award-winning presenter and a valuable member of the MoneyNerd team. With a wealth of experience as a financial expert, she's been featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC Local Radio, and BBC Five Live, and is a regular on Co-op Radio.
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