Exceeding the speed limit by too much is illegal. If a speed camera or police officer catches you, any of the following could happen:
- You may be given a verbal warning. This may occur if an officer stops you on the road.
- You may be asked to attend a speed awareness course, which you will be expected to pay for. This may not be an option on repeat offences.
- You may be prosecuted.
If you are prosecuted, and found or plead guilty your be in for a fine, and punishment will depend on how fast you were driving.
Penalty points are placed on your driving record, and, for totting up points, they stay on your licence for three years from the date of the offence. Accumulating 12 or more penalty points within three years will result in disqualification from driving for six months, known as Totting up.
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David has an LL.B (Hons) degree in law. He was voted one of the UK’s most influential aspiring lawyers. He was also directly involved in the protection of workers’ rights as respected Union Rep for Usdaw, and he is the Non-Executive Legal Director for the Humber Taxi Association.
Common question for speeding
I wanted to know what are the penalties when people do get caught speeding?
If you are caught driving faster than the speed limit for your type of vehicle on the road, you will be charged with a speeding offence. For cars and motorcycles, the speed limits are 30 miles per hour (mph) in built-up areas, 60mph on single carriageways, and 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways.
The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points added to your driver’s licence.
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