Speeding Offence Solicitors
Speeding is one of the primary factors of road safety problem and is a factor in the vast majority of road traffic accidents.
Recent research for the AA Foundation found that speeding is endemic so is not something exclusive to a certain type of motorist. There are those who speed to seek thrills whereas the majority of drivers will speed at some point as they consider it to be within a socially acceptable limit (i.e. travelling at 35mph in a 30mph zone).
It’s safe to say that we have all found ourselves on a road with a 30 mph limit and not had any idea why such a low speed limit was set but we must remember that these limits were deemed safe for a reason and should not be disregarded.
Why do Motorists Speed?
Motorists who are stopped by the police will almost always have an excuse / reason for their speed and it will usually be an excuse they expect the officer will understand. There are a variety of reasons why a motorist would speed and (if we exclude the thrill seekers for a moment), the underlying factor is usually poor journey planning. In reality however, examples/reasons why people speed can include, but are not limited to the following (and some of these would certainly not be admitted to a police officer!):
- Running late
- Distracted (using a phone, sat-nav etc)
- They’re in a bad mood
- They consider that chances of being caught are low
- They have little regard for other road users
- Being naturally impatient
- They’re self important
- Their car is faster than yours (showing off)
- Little regard for speeding as a serious offence
- They do not pay attention to their speed
At Olliers Motor Law we have represented countless motorists charged with speeding offences and many of them haven’t actually realised that they were speeding at the time.
Motorists who receive speeding tickets regularly should try to identify the causing factor and correct it as even though minor speeding offences carry a fixed penalty of 3 penalty points and a fine of £100, the penalty for repeat offences is much more serious.
The penalty is largely dependent upon the degree of excess speed and the magistrates’ have sentencing guidelines they follow if a case makes it to court:
|Speed Limit||Recorded Speed (mph)|
|Points/disqualification||3 points||4-6 points OR
Disqualification 7-28 days
|Disqualification 7-56 days OR
In addition to the above there is also a fine of up to £1000 or £2500 if the offence was committed on a motorway .
When to Instruct a Speeding Offence Solicitor
Whether to instruct a solicitor usually depends upon the consequences of the penalty you face. For many motorists, a fixed penalty would not sway them to instruct a solicitor.
For those who face a fixed penalty and have a clean licence, instructing a solicitor may prove to be more trouble than it’s worth as the cost and inconvenience of doing so could outweigh the penalty itself. For minor speeding offences there is also the possibility of a motoring being offered a place on a speed awareness course as an alternative to prosecution. We would urge you to accept the court whenever it is offered as this really is the best you could hope to achieve unless you wish to defend the allegation.
If you are a regular offender however then getting representation can be crucial to saving your driving licence. If you are a professional driver, you may wish to seek advice with every offence as we understand that many roles have a limit on the number of points the driver can have (taxi drivers for example).
For any motorist who has more than 3 penalty points on their licence, or if the speed involved is significantly excessive then we strongly recommend you contact us for advice particularly if you depend upon your vehicle for any reason. We have an outstanding and proven track record of securing minimum penalties and avoiding disqualifications by implementing unique strategies that have been developed through years of experience.
If the penalty you face means that you become a Totter, then you face a 6 month disqualification from driving and representation may be required even if you do not depend upon your licence.
There are certain convictions that have a huge impact upon the cost of insurance premiums and unfortunately, the conviction code for totting up is one of the worst you can have. This means that obtaining insurance for your vehicle even after the disqualification has ended may be extremely difficult due to the astronomical increase in the cost.
Defending the Allegation
If you are absolutely adamant that you were not speeding and the consequences of the penalty could have a serious impact upon you then representation is essential. There are many ways that speeding cases can be challenged and historically there were thousands of motorists who were able to escape prosecution via technicalities. Over the years however the police force and the Crown Prosecution Service have become much more efficient at closing such loopholes which is why we would usually only recommend mounting a defence if you are 100% certain that you were not in fact speeding.