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Mobile Speed Camera Photo Evidence – What Should You Do?

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· Feb 7th, 2024
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Mobile Speed Camera Photo Evidence

Have you been given a speeding ticket and do not know what to do? You’re not alone. Every month, more than 130,000 people visit our website for advice on fines and parking tickets. 

In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • The meaning of a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)
  • If you need to pay your FPN right away
  • Steps to question your FPN
  • Times when you may not need to pay
  • What might happen if you choose not to pay

We know getting a speeding ticket can be upsetting. But we are here to help you understand your options.

Let’s dive in!

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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Do mobile speed cameras take photos?

All types of speed cameras will attempt to take a photograph of a speeding vehicle. But these photos might not include a clear image of the driver. Speed camera photos can be taken from different angles and can sometimes be of low quality. 

The main purpose of speed camera photos is to identify speeding vehicles – not who was driving them. 

Do mobile speed camera vans take photos of the other side of the road?

Mobile speed camera vans can identify vehicles that are speeding on either side of the road, and therefore they can snap a photo of speeding vehicles on both sides. 

Do they send a photo in a speeding ticket?

The police might or might not send photos from the speed camera within the Notice of Intended Prosecution. The police aren’t obligated to send these photos, but you do have a right to request them if desired.

If the police do want to send you the speed camera photos, they may do so by providing physical copies within the letter. Sometimes they send a code instead, which can be entered online to see digital copies of the mobile speed camera images. 

These images could be used to help you work out who was driving (if it’s clear!), in cases that it’s not automatically known. For example, multiple family members who share a car and frequently drive along similar routes. 

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Do the police have to provide evidence of speeding?

The police aren’t obligated to supply you with evidence that you were speeding unless the matter escalates to court. Often they will supply images showing your vehicle and its speed. And you can sometimes request this information and receive it voluntarily from the police. 

Remember, any mobile speed camera photo evidence that you receive isn’t provided to identify the person driving. Just because your face isn’t seen doesn’t give you grounds to successfully appeal. The photo is taken to identify the vehicle that was speeding only. 

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Initial Fine £100
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Total Fine £271

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Total Fine £271
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What happens after you get caught speeding?

After you’re caught speeding, the registered owner of the vehicle will be sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution within 14 days. This is a notice to inform the registered vehicle owner that their vehicle was identified as speeding. 

The notice comes with a document that needs to be returned within 28 days. This document gives the registered vehicle owner the opportunity to state that someone else was driving the vehicle at this time, including their contact information. 

It’s a criminal offence to not hand over this information within 28 days. If you don’t you can be summoned to court. However, if you received the Notice of Intended Prosecution more than 14 days after the date of the offence (including weekends and bank holidays), the police cannot fine or prosecute the guilty driver. 

The Fixed Penalty Notice

Once the owner of the vehicle has responded to the Notice of Intended Prosecution, the police can then send the guilty driver a Fixed Penalty Notice. This has to arrive within six months of the speeding incident, but it will usually arrive quickly. 

The Fixed Penalty Notice is an opportunity for the driver to admit guilt and accept the fine and any penalty points to be issued. If you don’t pay within 28 days you’ll be summoned to court.

There is no specific FPN appeals process. An appeal would need to be made in court and there are limited reasons to be let off the hook, such as having your vehicle stolen.

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How much is a UK speeding fine?

UK speeding fines are based on a proportion of your weekly income. There are different bands that apply to how much above the speed limit you were travelling, which then dictate the percent of your weekly income to be fined and how many penalty points should be issued. You could also be given a short or long-term driving ban.

However, there are caps on speeding fines. The most you can be fined on a normal road is £1,000 and the most you can be fined on a motorway is £2,500, regardless of your weekly income. 

Can I see photographic evidence of speeding? (Quick recap!)

The police don’t have to send you photographic evidence of your alleged speeding vehicle. This applies to normal road speed cameras and mobile speed camera vans. 

They’re only obligated to supply the evidence if the matter escalates to court, including as part of an appeal. Yet, some local police forces will send you the photographic evidence within the Notice of Intended Prosecution. 

But remember, these photos aren’t taken to capture the driver’s face and it may not be visible. They are taken to capture an image of the vehicle speeding only.

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

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MoneyNerd’s founder, Scott Nelson, has a decade of financial industry experience, including 6 years in FCA regulated loan and credit card companies. Troubled by a lack of conscience in the industry, he founded MoneyNerd to give genuine advice to those in debt and struggling financially.
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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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