Speeding Penalties & Offences: (Gatso, radar, laser and variable speed controlls)
We are frequently instructed by clients regarding speeding allegations. Often, clients will want to know whether the case that they are facing has been undertaken in a procedurally correct way, or whether there is a ‘loophole’ or ‘technicality’. Our team has vast experience in reviewing the case to establish whether there are any such technicalities.
Examples are as follows:
- The notice of intended prosecution (‘NIP’) has not been sent within the correct timeframe.
- The necessary information has not been filed with the court within the statutory time period.
- There are material inaccuracies within the prosecution statement(s).
- The speed camera / detection device appears to have used in a procedurally incorrect way.
- Speed limit was not identifiable.
- There is the opinion of only one witness, uncorroborated by other evidence.
- We might also consider whether there were ‘special reasons’ for driving at excess speed.
Alternatively, clients may wish to plead guilty, with a view to mitigating any sentence to a minimum. This will be the case where disqualification is faced for travelling at a very high speed or under the penalty point / totting procedures.
If convicted of speeding, you will receive a fine, as well as a number of penalty points or disqualification period. If the offence was committed on a motorway, the maximum fine will be £2,500.00. Otherwise, the maximum fine is £1,000.00.
The decision on whether to impose penalty points (which can range from 3 to 6) or a disqualification period very much depends upon the circumstances of the particular case and on skilled advocates.