Speeding is probably the most common road traffic offence with literally thousands of motorists being prosecuted every day. The range in seriousness means that many offences can be dealt with by way of fixed penalties whereas others end up in the Magistrates’ Court facing more severe penalties which is when you may need a speeding offence solicitor to help you.
Out of the thousands of offences committed, there is only a very small number that are actually challenged as most people will just accept the penalty. What is concerning is that so many motorists do this without ever really thinking about it or seeing any evidence against them.
Unfortunately this means that motorists will end up accepting points/disqualifications unnecessarily which can not only affect their day to day mobility, but also insurance premiums for years to come.
The Offence of Speeding
Almost everyone has heard of people avoiding speeding convictions due to technicalities or legal loopholes however these cannot apply to speeding cases on a motorway. When travelling on a motorway, a speeding conviction can arise simply because a single police officer formed the opinion that you were speeding.
When away from the motorway however, a single officer’s opinion is not enough and this is where corroborating evidence is crucial in securing a conviction. The police rely upon a variety of methods which most commonly include static speed cameras (such as Gatsometers and Truvelos), hand held laser devices (e.g. LTI 20-20, Pro-Laser), SPECS (cameras used to calculate your average speed over a specified distance), Vascar (visual average speed computer and recorder) devices and in car calibrated speedometers.
How these devices are operated is determined by strict guidelines and it is not uncommon for us to investigate a speeding case only to find that the guidance/instructions have not been adhered to. In these cases, how can the equipment be relied upon?
It is almost impossible to challenge a speeding case without expert assistance and at Olliers Motor Law we have a team of lawyers who understand how these devices work and the rules that apply.
Any speeding offence is punishable by way of a fine in addition to penalty points or a discretionary disqualification.
The fine will be a maximum of £2500 if the offence was committed on a motorway or up to £1000 for anywhere else.
The number of penalty points varies from 3 to 6 depending on the seriousness of the offence alleged but there is also scope for the court to impose a disqualification.
If further penalty points mean that you have a total of 12 points or more on your licence, then you are at risk of a 6 month disqualification from driving as a “Totter” so please see this page for further information or contact us to discuss.