Speeding is one of the most common offences that drivers in the UK are prosecuted for and there are many different speeding offences which you may be charged with. Your punishment will very much depend on how much over the speed limit you were caught driving. Anything over 10% of the speed limit may mean you are charged with a speeding offence.
The most common speed offences are :
- Driving over 30mph
- Driving over 40mph
- Driving over 50mph
- Driving over 60mph
- Driving over 70mph
You may get the option to take a speed awareness course if it is your first speeding offence. This course is designed to help you to think about the impact speeding has on other drivers and what could happen. In order to be considered for a speed awareness course:
- Your speed should be less than 10% above the speed limit. For example, if you were caught speeding in a 30 mph zone, your speed would have to be less than 42 mph.
- The course costs you the same as your speeding fine, but you avoid getting any penalty points on your driving licence
If you are caught speeding on the motorway, you do not have the option of taking a speed awareness course.
What are the penalties?
If you are caught speeding and stopped at the the roadside you will be given:
- A fixed penalty notice which is 3 penalty points and £100 fine
- Or summoned to court
If your offence was serious enough to be summoned to court, you could face:
- A maximum fine of £2,500 to drivers of buses or goods vehicles
- A maximum fine of £1,000 for all other drivers
- Penalty points on your driving licence
- Magistrates have the discretion to disqualify you from driving for up to 56 days as an alternative to penalty points
- Any new driver who gets 6 or more points on their licence within 2 years of passing their test will have their licence revoked and they will have to pass their test again
- Depending on the current number of points on your licence, if you get 12 or more points on your licence, you will receive a minimum 6 month driving ban due to the process of totting up