Speeding

It is an offence under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to exceed the speed limit for a vehicle of the class that is being driven.

When prosecuting an individual for a speeding offence, the burden of proof is on the Prosecution and there are many elements that must be proven in order to convict an individual of driving in excess of the speed limit.

What are the penalties?

Minor Speeding Offences – Usually dealt with via a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN), 3 points & £100 fine or you may be offered a speed awareness course, or you can elect to defend the alleged offence in court.

Serious Speeding Offences – Normally defined as 20 mph or more over the speed limit. Usually leads to a Court summons & prosecution. Penalties in the range of 3 – 6 points and up to £1000 fine (up to £2500 for speeding on a motorway). Police are required to lodge the summons with the Court within 6 months, but this does not mean that if you don’t hear from them within six months that you have escaped prosecution.

Very Serious Speeding Offences – Usually regarded as 30 mph+ over the speed limit. Often result in a 7 – 56 day driving ban. In the most serious cases involving very high speeds you can receive a custodial sentence.

Sentencing Guidelines

Maximum when tried summarily: Level 5 fine and/or 6 months custody

Maximum when tried on indictment: 2 years custody

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