Guide: Speeding offences
Speeding offences in the UK are captured by speed cameras, laser guns and unmarked police cars and a single conviction for a speeding offence can lose you your licence. On the face of it, the evidence against you may seem compelling and that the obvious choice is to plead guilty. That is not always right. In what might seem to be watertight cases, our speeding law solicitors have made successful challenges and seen clients acquitted of a speeding offence for a variety of reasons.
Speeding offences penalties are a maximum fine of £1,000 or £2,500 for an offence on the motorway as well as three-six penalty points or a driving disqualification.
Supporting opinion evidence in speeding offences:
Our Driver Defence team examines recent case law clarifying that, in the case of a temporary speed restriction, the prosecuting agency can elect as to whether to prosecute for breaching that restriction or a speed limit.
Speeding towards accountability
In light of recent Government proposals, our Motoring Offences team considers the gap between the perception of what speed cameras are for (and what they actually do) and the reality of the situation.
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Client acquitted due to notice to prosecute being served outside of statutory period
Barry Culshaw of Blake Morgan's Driver defence team was consulted by W who was facing an allegation of speeding. The prosecution was brought by Avon & Somerset Constabulary and was pending for hearing before the Taunton Magistrates' Court. W was alleged to have exceeded a 30 mph speed limit on the A358 Henlead, Somerset by travelling at 44 mph. W disputed the accuracy of the speed check, but pursuant to Barry's advice detailed representations were made to the court office and the prosecuting agency highlighting the fact that the notice of intended prosecution had been served one day outside the 14 day statutory period and, accordingly, the statutory prohibition on conviction applied. Having considered the representations, the prosecuting agency arranged to withdraw the proceedings.
No ban for 109 mph motor-cyclist
Tim Williamson recently represented a motor-cyclist at Chichester Magistrates' Court, who had been charged with speeding. The motor-cyclist was recorded travelling at 109 mph on the A272 at Midhurst, West Sussex, which is subject to a 60 mph speed limit. He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was at risk of being banned for between seven days and eight weeks. However the Court was persuaded not to ban him at all and instead the Court endorsed his licence with six penalty points.