UK Law, Speed and fines and points..

Speeding fines and speeds vs fines and penalties – scroll down to see hundreds of real world results.

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Known officially in the UK as “EXCEEDING SPEED LIMIT”, this table shows baseline penalties you can expect. It’s correct as of February 2011. Each case will be looked at individually, to assess factors such as time of day, road type and conditon, weather conditions etc. The fine is now also based upon the financial circumstances of the offender, leading to payment within 12 months. Whilst guidelines exist, the actual results can vary widely for the same speeds – seemingly often up to how much the magistrates dislikes you.

If you have never visited a magistrates court – then it is likely to come as a real shock as you are unlikely to be treated as an innocent person with a case to be proved against you – the magistrates tend to see you as guilty as soon as you walk in. I have personally witnessed a magistrate about to announce a ban for a driver – but being interupted the clerk of the court – pointing out that they had not heard all of the evidence yet or even found the driver guilty! If you have ever watched Blackadder Goes Forth and seen the episode where he sentenced to death for killing a pigeon – then you will have a good idea of what to expect.

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Offence Fine Costs Penalty Points
up to 15mph over the posted limit £44 £30 3
16mph to 25mph over the posted limit £45-£100 £30 4
26mph to 35mph over the posted limit £45-£200 £30 5-6
36mph or more over the posted limit £67-£300 £30 Ban 1 month to 12 months

Keep scrolling down to see hundreds of real speeding case results.

The current guidelines from the Association of Chief Police officers (ACPO) are:

Limit Fixed Penalty Summons
20 mph
25 mph
35 mph
30 mph
35 mph
50 mph
40 mph
46 mph
66 mph
50 mph
57 mph
76 mph
60 mph
68 mph
86 mph
70 mph
79 mph
96 mph

So up to 79mph you should be just told off, 79-95mph is a fixed penalty and 96mph+ is a mandatory summons to appear in court. You should however be aware that some Police forces will every now and again run a zero tolerance scheme and then it gets a bit silly with people being prosecuted for 32mph in a 30mph zone. This kind of Policing tends dramatically reduce the support for the Police as the public generally see it as being OTT.

Police do have the power to issue a fixed penalty of £ 60 plus 3 penalty points on the spot, but not when it comes to GATSO cameras. For those cases, they must go to court. Each offence on the same day, but at different places is counted separately. This can result in disqualification under the ‘totting’ procedure:
Totting Procedure: If the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years, you are known as a “Totter”. You get a TT99 endorsement on your license, and get disqualified.

Endorsements remain on your licence for:

  • 11 years from date of conviction for offences relating to drink/drugs and driving, causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink/drugs and causing death by careless driving then failing to provide a specimen for analysis.
  • 4 years from date of conviction for reckless/dangerous driving and offences resulting in disqualification.
  • 4 years from the date of offence in all other cases

At the appropriate time, you can apply to remove your endorsement(s) from your licence by completing a D1 application form available from Post Offices.

Police do have the power to issue a fixed penalty of £ 60 plus 3 penalty points on the spot, but not when it comes to GATSO cameras. For those cases, they must go to court. Each offence on the same day, but at different places is counted separately. This can result in disqualification under the ‘totting’ procedure:
Totting Procedure: If the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years, you are known as a “Totter”. You get a TT99 endorsement on your license, and get disqualified.

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Endorsements remain on your licence for:

11 years from date of conviction for offences relating to drink/drugs and driving, causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink/drugs and causing death by careless driving then failing to provide a specimen for analysis.
4 years from date of conviction for reckless/dangerous driving and offences resulting in disqualification.
4 years from the date of offence in all other cases
Section 172 problems? You will get 6 Points and a fine up to £1,000 or visit our Section 172 pages and we can give you some advice that in most cases will get the case dropped click here

At the appropriate time, you can apply to remove your endorsement(s) from your licence by completing a D1 application form available from Post Offices.

We have a new page to give advice on how you may avoid your speeding penalty click here.

This is a quick explanation of the ‘SP’ codes that will appear on your license.

Police do have the power to issue a fixed penalty of £ 60 plus 3 penalty points on the spot, but not when it comes to GATSO cameras. For those cases, they must go to court. Each offence on the same day, but at different places is counted separately. This can result in disqualification under the ‘totting’ procedure:
Totting Procedure: If the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years, you are known as a “Totter”. You get a TT99 endorsement on your license, and get disqualified.

Endorsements remain on your licence for:

  • 11 years from date of conviction for offences relating to drink/drugs and driving, causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink/drugs and causing death by careless driving then failing to provide a specimen for analysis.
  • 4 years from date of conviction for reckless/dangerous driving and offences resulting in disqualification.
  • 4 years from the date of offence in all other cases

At the appropriate time, you can apply to remove your endorsement(s) from your licence by completing a D1 application form available from Post Offices.
This is a quick explanation of the ‘SP’ codes that will appear on your license.

SP Code Offence
SP10 Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits
SP20 Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles)
SP30 Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road
SP40 Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit
SP50 Exceeding speed limit on a motorway
SP60 Undefined speed limit offence

Temporary speed limits

You should note that exceeding a temporary speed limit is a non-endorsable offence. This means that you can only get a fine, but not have any endorsements (points) applied to your license. Of course, like most things in law, there is an exception, and in this case it’s national speed limits (ie. motorways and dual carriageways). If you exceed a temporary limit on a motorway, such as in roadworks, or the controlled-speed section of the M25, then it becomes an endorsable offence, ie. points. This information is in some dispute at the moment, but came from a traffic officer undergoing basic traffic training so I have no reason to believe that it’s false.

UK Prosecution Examples
A lot of people email me asking the “what will I get” question. It’s all subjective, unfortunately, because each policeman interprets the law in their own way. Here then are some supplied examples from people who’ve contacted me with information about their various prosecutions for being caught speeding. I’ve included driver ages and car types where available. I’m sure the police aren’t biased by these things (not!) but you can draw your own conclusions. Note:people who have emailed me these have done so for information purposes to help add to my site. I’m not about to start giving out names and addresses.

We now have 273 examples of the penalty you can expect to get, keep scrolling down to see them all.

And yes the variation in penalty for doing a similar speed can be huge!

We have a new page to give advice on how you may avoid your speeding penalty click here.

If you have been caught speeding, then please email us with the penalty that you received – so that we can make this info more accurate and see how penalties varies by County. – Send us details of your fine

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