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    Q365: What will happen if I get stopped by a police officer for speeding?

    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.

    Limit

    Device tolerance

    Fixed Penalty when education is not appropriate

    Speed Awareness if appropriate

    Summons in all other cases and above

    From

    To

    20 mph

    22 mph

    24 mph

    24 mph

    31 mph

    35 mph

    30 mph

    32 mph

    35 mph

    35 mph

    42 mph

    50 mph

    40 mph

    42 mph

    46 mph

    46 mph

    53 mph

    66 mph

    50 mph

    52 mph

    57 mph

    57 mph

    64 mph

    76 mph

    60 mph

    62 mph

    68 mph

    68 mph

    75 mph

    86 mph

    70 mph

    73 mph

    79 mph

    79 mph

    86 mph

    96 mph

    All speeds identified above are those shown on the speed device, speedometer or other detection devices

    Alternatively, you could receive a £100 fixed penalty ticket and 3 points or if the matter goes to court you could receive a maximum fine of a £1000 (£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.

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