Speeding Offences

Speeding Offences
Legally reviewed by: Kevin Waddingham

Benefit from solid speeding offence defence from our dedicated Motoring Law Team. Cartwright King has a proven track record of defending British motorists against speeding offences, helping hundreds of drivers every year. Our Speeding Offence Solicitors will build the strongest case possible to protect your licence.

For practical, pro-active advice and representation, get in touch with our professional Motoring Law Team now.

How Cartwright King Can Defend You

Speeding allegations can be frustrating and stressful. Cartwright King’s Motoring Law Team eases the frustration and stress by building a strong defence for your case. You need a law firm that’s committed to doing the legwork and standing with you throughout your case. That’s what our Speeding Offence Solicitors give you!

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Benefit From a Free, Initial Telephone Conversation

If you are accused of speeding, benefit from a free, initial discussion with our Motoring Law Team. You can use this time to explain your situation and find out how we can help you with a practical plan of action.

For immediate assistance, contact us today for your free* initial discussion.

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Agree how you want to proceed

*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.

Why Choose Cartwright King for Speeding Offences?

Defending yourself against speeding allegations requires more than just a lawyer, you need a dedicated Motoring Offence Lawyer. Cartwright King’s dedicated Motoring Law Team focuses on nothing but driving offences, meaning that you benefit from specialist legal advice and representation that is specific to your case. 

We listen, we understand and we genuinely care about helping you avoid prosecution. That’s why we’re committed to standing up for your rights, ensuring that you get the best defence possible and that your side of the story is heard and taken seriously.

Cartwright King can quickly establish the best strategy for your defence, giving you peace of mind that your case is in good hands and that you’re well supported.

Working with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor gives you the assurance of having access to legal counsel who will advise you at every stage of your case

Our Legal 500 award winning Solicitors are dedicated to defending your legal rights and ensuring that you’re treated fairly throughout your case. When you need us most, our Motoring Law Team rises to the challenge.

We're here for you.

Frequently asked questions.

What penalty could I face for speeding?

The penalty you receive for speeding can vary depending on the circumstances of your case. Penalties can include: 

  • A Speed Awareness Course
  • A fixed penalty notice of £100 and three points on your driving licence
  • A Magistrates’ Court imposed fine of £1,000 (£2,500 for motorway speeding offences) and three to six points on your licence
  • Disqualification from driving

The police can offer a Speed Awareness Course as a penalty if the exceeded speed limit is lower than 10% of the actual speed limit, plus 9mph. For example, where the speed limit is 30mph, a speed of 42mph would warrant a Speed Awareness Course.

If you are prosecuted for a speeding offence in the Magistrates’ Court, any penalty is determined by ‘Sentencing Guidelines’ based on the speed at which you were travelling.

For example, if you exceed a 30mph limit by more than 20mph, the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines indicate that you could face disqualification from driving for between seven and 56 days or six penalty points.

Is there a legitimate reason I can use as a defence against speeding?

Depending on the facts of your case, yes there are a number of legitimate reasons you can raise in your defence against a speeding allegation. These include:

  • Incorrect details on a  Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP)
  • Receiving a NIP after the 14-day deadline in which it should be issued by police
  • You were not driving the car at the time
  • You were in an exempted vehicle attending an emergency
  • Incorrect or absent road signs
  • The speeding vehicle has been incorrectly identified
  • A speed camera was not authorised or was operating incorrectly 

In some instances, you may be able to convince the Court of ‘special reasons’ that warranted excess speed, including:

  • Escaping from an aggressive driver
  • A genuine emergency (e.g. taking someone to hospital)
  • A spiked drink

Can I appeal a speeding allegation or conviction?

Yes. You have the right to challenge a speeding allegation or appeal if you are convicted of breaking speed limits. 

You can appeal either a conviction or sentence in the Crown Court and you can request that the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court suspend your disqualification from driving pending the outcome of your appeal.

What is a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) for Speeding?

There are procedures that must be followed before anyone can be prosecuted for speeding.

  1. You must be warned at the time of the offence about the possibility of prosecution, or;
  2. You must have been sent a notice within 14 days of the alleged offence outlining the possibility of prosecution.

You cannot be convicted of speeding unless a policeman has stopped you at the roadside or you have been notified by post within 14 days in a written Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) for speeding. If you are unsure whether the rules have been adhered to, contact our motoring solicitors who will be able to assist you.

What are the speed limits?

The national speed limits for standard vehicles in the UK are the following:

  • Built-up areas – 30mph (unless stated otherwise)
  • Single carriageways – 60mph (unless stated otherwise)
  • Dual carriageways and motorways – 70mph (unless stated otherwise)

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