Last year, UK Motorists paid £30 million in speeding fines, with 3 penalty points and a £60 fine being the most common form of punishment for this indiscretion. However, Fixed Penalty Notices are not the only kind of sentence meted out to speeding motorists. This article will explore the various retributions deemed fit for UK drivers who go over the speed limit.
In cases where a Fixed Penalty Notice and £60 fine are not deemed punishment enough, drivers can be summoned to court where they could receive between 3 and 6 points on their licence as well as a discretionary ban. Drivers usually receive a fine as well as points. Fines vary in value from £100 to £1000 (for speeding offences on non –motorway roads) and anything up to £2500 for speeding offences committed on the motorway.
In certain cases, a speeding driver can receive a full driving ban. If a driver reaches 12 points on his/her licence within a three year period, a driving ban will automatically be imposed, commonly lasting six months. In other cases, depending upon the speed at which the motorist is caught travelling, an instant ban can be imposed immediately which could last for up to 120 days.
It is important to note that the court does hold discretion over the punishments meted out for speeding offences and drivers can avoid a ban if, for example, they can show the court mitigating circumstances. One such mitigating circumstance relies on the Defendant to show the court that a driving ban would cause exceptional hardship. Although there are no black and white rules surrounding the definition of exceptional hardship, the onus is on the Defendant to show that the effect of a driving ban would go far beyond that normally anticipated.
It is imperative for all drivers to ensure they seek legal advice should they be summoned to court in relation to speeding offences.