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If you paid the fine without challenging it then this would not be classed as a conviction. It is also not classed as a caution. If you refused to pay the fine or challenged the Fixed Penalty Notice and, as a consequence of refusing to pay / challenging it, had to attend court and were found guilty, this would be classed as a conviction.

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