Frequently Asked Questions
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Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.
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If you get stopped by a police officer for speeding, depending on the speed at which you were travelling you may either be given an endorsable fixed penalty ticket at the scene or a summons for court will be sent to you.
Either way, it is more than likely that you will have to produce your documents (driving licence, insurance and MOT) at a police station of your choice within 7 days (unless you have all the necessary documentation with you).
The penalty you receive will depend on how much over the speed limit you were travelling at, it could range from a Speed Awareness Course to a court appearance.Penalties
In relation to speeding it will all depend on the amount by which you exceeded the speed limit. If you are within certain parameters you may be offered a Speed Awareness Course and won't then receive points or a fine providing:
- You have admitted to being the driver of the vehicle at the time of the alleged offence and returned the documentation within the 28 day period calculated from the date the notice was sent to you.
- No more than 12 weeks have elapsed since the date of the alleged offence.
- There were no further offences committed at the time of the alleged offence.
- You have not attended a speed awareness course within the 3 years prior to the current offence.
- You were driving at a speed which qualifies as per the table below.
Fixed Penalty when education is not appropriate
Speed Awareness if appropriate
Summons in all other cases and above
|All speeds identified above are those shown on the speed device, speedometer or other detection devices|
Alternatively, you could receive a Â£100 fixed penalty ticket and 3 points or if the matter goes to court you could receive a maximum fine of a Â£1000 (Â£2500 if on a motorway) and 3 to 6 penalty points. If you were exceeding the speed limit by a great deal, you could receive a ban. As a general rule, if you're caught travelling in excess of 45%-50% of the speed limit you could be given an instant driving ban.