Q418: I have a foreign licence and I have got a speeding ticket, what do I do?
There will be a good deal of information on the ticket as to what you need to do but the basic system in the UK is explained below.
The key point is whether you have a satisfactory UK address – this is defined as one in the UK at which, in the opinion of the constable, it is likely that it would be possible to find you whenever necessary in connection with court proceedings or the issue of a fixed penalty notice.
If you have such an address, the police officer will issue you with a notice in relation to your speeding offence. Then, depending on the circumstances, you may be invited to attend a Speed Awareness Course, be given a fixed penalty fine and points or have to attend court. Note that you will be notified of what action the police intend to take in due course, you cannot request a Speed Awareness Course, it up to the police to decide whether the circumstances in which you exceeded the speed limit are suitable for such a course.
If you do attend a Speed Awareness Course you will not receive any penalty points or a fine but you will have to pay for the cost of the course – foreign licence holders can take a Speed Awareness Course in the UK. Alternatively, if you are given penalty points, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the UK will create a record for you and the points will be shown on that record.
If you cannot provide the police officer with a satisfactory UK address they will require a roadside deposit from you – for speeding this will be £100. However, if the offence is to be prosecuted at court the deposit will be £300. If you can't pay the deposit immediately, your vehicle may be prohibited and immobilised.
The following questions may also be of use:
- Q416: I have a European driving licence how long can I drive with it in this country?
- Q417: I have a foreign non-EU driving licence, how long can I drive on it in this country?