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Speeding offence solicitors
Speeding is by far the most common road traffic offence, as more and more motorists are caught out by fixed speed cameras or police speed traps. Travelling even at just a few miles per hour over the speed limit can result in a fine and points on your licence.
If you are caught breaking the speed limit, you may receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP), either through the post or verbally from a police officer.
The NIP must be served on the driver or registered keeper within 14 days of the offence, otherwise the case cannot proceed at court. If the driver’s details are not known then the NIP will be sent to the registered keeper, who is legally obliged to identify the person driving the vehicle at the time of the offence. It is a criminal offence to provide false information in order to avoid penalty points or disqualification – please see our section on totting up for further information.
For lower speeds, this will usually result in three penalty points and a fine, although a speed awareness course may be offered as an alternative to penalty points. While the driver will not need to pay the fine, they will need to pay a similar price in course fees.
Higher speeds, usually at least 40 per cent over the limit, frequently attract a driving ban ranging from 14 days to a year. Alternatively, six penalty points can be awarded, which can lead to disqualification if this brings the number of points on a licence up to 12. If you are at risk of reaching 12 points on your licence, you will have to attend court, so it is important that you contact a specialist as soon as possible.
The maximum punishment for speeding on the motorway is £2,500 – more than twice the maximum for the same offence on other types of road – and six penalty points or disqualification. If you were driving at speeds in excess of 140mph, you may be charged with dangerous driving.
At Minton Morrill, we can provide representation if you believe you should not have been awarded points on your licence or if you are facing disqualification and believe this would cause you exceptional hardship. To find out how our road traffic offence solicitors in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Yorkshire and the wider North of England can help you, please contact us.
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