I’ve been caught speeding by a speed camera – what happens now?

You were over the limit and caught by a speed camera. What happens now?

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Speed awareness courses

Most police forces offer speed awareness courses, although this is entirely at the discretion of the issuing force and usually only if you have a clean licence.

If you haven’t been offered a speed awareness course, it is worth asking the issuing force to consider this as an alternative – however, they are not obliged to accept your request.

If you do get to go on a speed awareness course, you’ll avoid having your licence endorsed but you’ll have to pay to attend the course. If you have previous endorsements, you will not be offered a speed awareness course.

Appealing a speed camera penalty

You have the right to appeal a fixed penalty notice within 28 days of issue. Your case will be referred to court where, for less serious offences, a magistrate will consider your appeal.

Unless you have good grounds for appeal, think carefully before taking this route. If your appeal is unsuccessful, the fine is likely to be higher than the original penalty. Bear in mind that the usual assumption of “innocence until proven guilty” doesn’t apply for speed camera prosecutions, and it’s up to you to prove you are innocent.

More serious speeding offences

If your speeding offence is deemed to be of a serious nature, such as high-speed motorway driving, the police force has six months from the date of the incident in which to lodge papers at court.

You will be fully briefed by the pursuing police force, in writing, of the process and it is recommended that you find a solicitor and take legal advice before entering into any communication.

There is no set formula with court-heard cases, as every scenario is different. Before entering a plea of mitigating circumstances, once again it’s recommended you take legal advice.


This article was originally published in 2013, was comprehensively updated in July 2017 to cover substantial changes to speeding fines, and most recently updated in August 2018.

Advice provided is suitable for UK residents only. If you live outside the UK, you should consult your local advisory services regarding the implementation of speed camera penalties for your country.

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Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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  1. Michael,
    It appears you do not visit this site often, otherwise you would have answered my unbiased, instructions,
    It would be nice to get some replies, from some of the people that come on here seeking advice, and when such advice is given, no further questions are asked, or information on the advice given.
    So given this, it would be nice to hear from some of you people out there what the outcome of any of the actions taken, whether the advice was followed or not.
    It gives us invaluable information as to how the system is working and whatever loopholes are being closed.
    Don’t forget the system is there and it also has to follow certain guidelines, so from any information we get back helps us to see if they are bending rules just for the sake of revenue collecting.
    So all you people out there a feedback is essential to our assistance to you.

    Regards Monty.

    • I am new to this page but hear goes I was fined for speeding last Sept 1919 I was fined £100 3 points by West Yorkshire police I paid the fine on line missed you need to post in your driving license. On the 17 Feb 2020 the £100 was put back in my bank I assumed my letter of mitigation had worked a week later I got a court summons.

      This now March 2020 I plead guilty said I had paid the fine once but they have fined me again £100 and with court costs it is. now £ 263 can they do this after nearly 6 month. I have had to make the payments over 10 month and I am writing to West Yorkshire Police raise a formal complaint.

      l am a pensioner and cannot afford both the cost and the anxiety on top of being on the medical register so I have not been out for the last 8 weeks.

    • Hi James. If you want to challenge the fine, I would suggest getting some legal assistance as a lawyer is far more likely to understand all the ins and outs of the law to help reduce or waive your fine.

  2. Michael, There is one thing I forgot in this matter, I note that you said you were never there, so it may be that your number plate may have been cloned. Now this is important at this stage. You will be handed by the prosecutor, or should be, the advanced disclosure, these are the documents that they will be using to prosecute you with, you will have a short time to study this. In this disclosure should be a picture of the said vehicle that committed the offence, if it is not your vehicle point this out to the prosecutor. they may well drop it altogether.

  3. Hi Michael,

    It is important now, how you approach this.
    We have to assume that you received the notice from the DVLA, stating that you were convicted at a magistrates court, for speeding, and Failing to Furnish, hence the size of the fine and the six points. This will be under code MS90.
    Does this state that on your paperwork. If so What court was it that issued the fine and points.

    If you do not know which court, call the DVLA and they should be able to tell you.
    When you have found this out, I would suggest that you visit a local Solicitor and explain to him that you were unaware of this conviction and only found out via the DVLA. and on what date you found out.
    You then ask him to issue to the court in question a Statutory Declaration. This will in effect revert the conviction back to the start, and void all points and fine. They normally charge about a tenner for this. You will then be contacted by the court and issued an appearance date. You then go to the court on the said date early, and ask the usher, ( these are the people rushing around trying to organise things ), they will be wearing black gowns, you can’t miss them. Ask them to point you out the prosecutor of you case. Approach the prosecutor and ask what the charges are. If the charge is failing to furnish, then ask what the underlying charge is. If it is speeding then you can ask him/her if they drop the s172 charge you will plead guilty to the speeding charge . they will normally accept this, so the charge reverts back to the beginning, you then have a choice of accepting 3 penalty points and £100 fine and incur no costs. If the prosecutor does accept this offer from you it will give you a chance to have a chat with him/her and if you say you were never in that area, you may have difficulty in proving that so by you accepting the smaller charge will be to your benefit. It is although I’m afraid too late for you to be offered a speed awareness course. Magistrates courts cannot offer these.

    Let me know how you get on, there is no need for you to be represented by a solicitor they only add to the costs, you can do this on your own.


  4. hi, i have just recieved a letter this morning and it says that i have been judged already without me being informed. the offence took place in 24/06/2015 and they have only just got in touch with me via dvla. so i rang the court up and gave them my details and they told me that i was initialy informed in 2015 that i was speeding in worcestershire, but i have never been there. i live in wolverhampton and the only place i travel to is shrewsbury. and another thing is that i doo not speed and have never had points on my 30 year licence. i have checked with the dvla website and it tells me that i now have 6 points on my licence and a fine of £660.00 for the offence. i think this is wrong and would like some help as now i dont know what to do or how i challenge this. so can someone give me advice plz many thanks, mike.

  5. was caught speeding for the first time, I was doing 37 in a 30 zone. I have had my license for over 3 months now. Will i be offered the speed awareness Course? please reply

    • Hi Karam,
      To Start, You say you were caught!, Q: How do you know you were caught?.
      Were you stopped by the police or caught on a camera?.
      If you were stopped by the police were you given a verbal warning / caution: ie: a verbal NIP by the officer. & did you sign anything?.
      If you were allegedly caught by a speed camera, have you had the NIP yet?.
      If so, then what date & time was it and what was the alleged speed?.
      Cannot offer any assistance if we do not know the details.
      How old are you?. How long is it since you passed your test, assuming you have passed your test.
      If you have only held your full licence for less that 2 years and have been caught speeding, you can expect to have it revoked, by the court, so a court appearance is inevitable. Should you have your licence revoked you will have to retake your test again after the period of revocation, this will also come with a fine and some points at the discretion of the Magistrate, & DVLA.
      Give us a little more information so that we may be able to sum up the situation you are in and possibly a way out of it. May not be able to save points and fine but may & I mean just may be able to save your licence from being revoked.

      I will do some research and do my best to find a solution. MONTY.

    • Hi Karam,
      Any news on the alleged speeding yet.
      I’ve checked and if you are summonsed to appear in court then it will mean that your licence revocation will be at the discretion of the court. A lot will depend on what speed you are actually charged for and what speed limit it was in.
      They may take into consideration, any mitigating circumstances, that means any reason why you should have been speeding, ie: any emergency, fear, anything that may have caused you to speed. And when I say that I don’t mean you were late for dinner, or your tea would have been cold, Or I only get half hour break.
      Financial circumstances may also come into play, ie: you had just started a new job and that driving is part of that job, this may just sway them from revoking your licence.
      But let us know what comes through.

    • Hi Szabi,
      43, is just on the limit of an awareness course, but that may be at their discretion, assuming you have note attended a course in the last three years. The other option will be a CoFP ( conditional offer of a fixed penalty ), which is £100 fine + 3 penalty points.
      Depending on the area you are in an awareness course is approx £85 to £100, + 0 points.
      This is normally 4 hours of chin wagging at a centre near you. Normally held on Saturday mornings.


  6. Do you know what the range is on a mobile speed camera, the van?

    I am sure that I braked in time as the min I realised I was doing 38 in a 30 zone I braked and lowered my speed then I looked up and saw the camera van. There was no flash but I don’t know if they even flash in the vans?

    Any ideas on this? It was only four days ago the waiting is torture!

    • It is normally approx 183 Metres. But they may have pinged you earlier, With these mobile camera’s, they take only 1/3rd of a second to record your speed. They are normally LTI 20-20 camera’s and can record speeds up 1 kilometre away. so assume you have been pinged, but if you say you were only doing 38 mph by your speedo then you may well have been doing less, IE: 34 – 35. Now 35 is what they normally start from so the chances are you may not have broken the speed limit and will hear nothing, If you were unfortunate to be doing 35-36mph then you will receive an NIP, within 14 days of the alleged offence. Assuming you are the registered keeper of the vehicle the NIP will be sent to you and must arrive at your address within the 14 days, if it should arrive after the 14 days, check the date of issue on the form and also the date stamp on the envelope. If these dates are within the 14 days then they will be valid, if they are dated n the 13th day after the alleged offence, then there is a chance you could argue that they could not possibly reach you within the 14 days, and you would have a defence of them being time barred. You would then fill in the form declaring that you were the drive but also send with it a letter explaining that you received the NIP after 14 days and that you believe it to be time barred stating dates and times, and why you think it is timed barred. Then wait to see what arrives after.
      The worst scenario is that if they are valid you will have to fill in the form declaring that you were the driver of the alleged offence, return then to the ticket office and they will then send you a conditional offer of a fixed penalty ( CoFP ), or the optional offer of a speed awareness course, which would cost you approx £85 to £100, & no penalty points, depending on what area it is, The CoFP would be £100, + 3 penalty points.. Remember which ever way you go with this fill in the s172 part, because failing to do this will leave you open to a more serious charge of failing to furnish, and that is a court appearance, and a lot more expensive + 6 points.
      Let me know which you are going to take, I may be able to help or guide you.

  7. Hi I have recently moved and also changed my name by deed poll. i filled in my owners document but haven’t changed my driving licence as I need my legal documents to change my passport first. i am pretty sure i was clocked doing 36 in a 30mph by a speed van – how will i know if i get a fine as my previous address occupants do not know my new address? thanks for your help

    • If you changed the V5C (logbook, or owner’s document), then any speeding fine should go to your new address. The fine is sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle, so if it was your car and you were driving, you won’t need to worry about the licence bit (as far as I know; I’m sure monty will be along sometime soon to correct me if I’m wrong).

    • Ist Thank you Stuart for having confidence in me.

      Hi Sheila,
      First of all when did you move and change the address on your v5 documents, as it normally takes about a month for the DVLA to update them. If you have received them back with your new address on then we can assume that they have been changed and updated.
      Now at the moment do not worry about your licence, lets deal with the speeding.
      You say you are pretty sure you were clocked for speeding by a mobile speed camera and you mention the figure of 36mph . Now is that the speed you saw on your speedo, or is it an assumption. We have to be clear on this, because if it was the speed of your speedo we are going by then you may not have been speeding and the camera never pinged you. if you are only guessing then you will have to wait and see what arrives in the post.
      Now when you left your last address did you leave a forwarding address, or a royal mail forwarding application. Because you may not receive anything direct. Any NIP document may go to the old address first, and whoever has moved into your last address will more than likely send it back with a not at his address note, or may just throw it in the bin.
      If this be the case they will then re approach the DVLA, or check on MIB, thats an insurance bureau which keeps records of insurance connected to the DVLA. this way they will eventually trace it to you.
      So the date you thought you were clocked on may be important. I say this because with the 14 day rule being covered any forms now sent will be valid and have to be answered. But if they cannot trace you or your vehicle within six months from the alleged date then they cannot put the necessary paperwork or charge , before a court, so there would be no offence.
      Now lets assume they trace you and your vehicle it will have to be approx within 4 months to give them time to act and send you an NIP, which you will receive probably about 2 or 3 days after they have traced you. You then do not have to panic, because you will have 28 days from receipt of the NIP to answer it. Which in theory would be another month, so you now understand why the date of the alleged offence is important.
      If and when should you receive an NIP you will have to complete the s172 section naming the driver of the alleged offence. You can put yourself in this section and send it off with an accompanying letter, stating that you have named yourself in order for you to avoid a penalty of failing to furnish, or name the driver, because of the alleged offence being such a long time ago you cannot honestly remember who was driving at that time, and can they provide any photographs 2 if possible of the incident in order to assist you in identifying if you were the driver of the alleged offence. this will also eat up time which in the end may be to your advantage, because as of yet you have not been charged.
      As I have said earlier we may not have to bother going down this avenue yet, but if we do then keep in touch, so we can organise it correctly.

      Let me know how things progress. This time i will allow Stuart to give you my personal Email addy, if you need to contact me direct as this site is sometimes a little slow.

      All the best Monty

  8. Hi, I was caught doing 81 on a 70 dual carriage way late at night. The offence was on 02.12.15 but have only been contacted today, 07.02.16. Am I too much over the speed limit to be offered a speed awareness course? My other query is that a camera never flashed at any point on my journey. The passenger saw nothing either. Any thoughts on this? Regards.

  9. Hi I’ve been driving for 4 years and never had a offence until I got caught by a speed camera doing 40 in a 30 however in my jurisdiction I did not see a single speed limit sign for about 300 yards after I got caught and neither before I spotted one eventually but the markings were very fient on the motorway… this was when I was entering the tunnel I also want to point out that i was in the right hand lane known which is mainly used for overtaking, I’m most likely going to get a speed awareness course for this but I really feel I should inform the council because the warnings are less than inadequate when travelling into London through this route. Is this approach advisable?

  10. Today I drove past a police motorbike at side of m11 with a speed camera hand held one at 90-97mph Then a police car come up fast with sirens on. Kept a fair distance but I was visible enough to them but this point I was doing the limit 70. He then turned his sirens off and went off road to a works unit lay by. What could this mean? And what can I now expect?

  11. Hi,

    This morning I got caught doing under the speed limit (40 odd) in a 50 zone. I have been driving past this camera for years including this week without any problems. I didn’t see any new speed limit signs today when approaching it. Additionally the camera was flashing everyone else that went through it – have I got anything to worry about?


  12. Hi,

    I believe I was flashed for speeding in a 30mph limit. I was doing approx. 37mph on a motorbike at the time due to sudden gail-force winds. My natural reaction was to speed up momentarily to maintain balance on a clear road. I'm open to accept a fine as I was fully aware, but I am worried as it's my first offence and I'm on a provisional licence. Is it worth visiting a local police station for advice and hopeful speed awareness course? Would this cover windy conditions?


  13. I drove past a camera van 14 days ago today and haven't received anything in the post yet. If I receive a fine after today is it not valid?

  14. hi stuart…i was driving along and found myself behind 14 guys from a bike club on push bikes!! I was behind them for a good 300 meters till it was safe to pass(on a straight bit of road with out traffic coming the other way) So i started to over take giving the bikers alot of room and my speed was like 25 miles an hour, as i got half way A car was coming the other way round a very very silte bend now i was left with no choice but to get my speed up quick to keep everyone safe and to get back in my lane and around the bikers. my speed hit 35 miles a hour in a 30 zone and i was flashed…i even spoke the bikers after and they said they back me up in court as i did nothing wrong

    • Hi Neil. It may be that you don’t even get a ticket, as if your speedo said 35 then you were probably doing 32-33 – have a read of this article about speedometer accuracy.

      If you do get a fine, it would be difficult to appeal. The argument against you would be that you couldn’t safely overtake in the space available, so you shouldn’t have attempted it and instead waited until a better opportunity presented itself.

  15. If it says 20mph then that is what it is. Have you received an NIP yet and if yes what date was the alleged offence recorded and what speed?.
    If you have received one fill out the form part notifying them of who was driving at the alleged time & date. You have 28 days to do this so there is no rush yet. If and when you receive one keep a copy and fill it in. If you do not fill it in and send it you will be charged with failure to furnish, which is code MS90.
    This is a charge more serious than the speeding charge and can incur a fine of £750, + court costs & victim surcharge + 6 points on your licence. Total costs of approx £1,400.
    Because it was after April 2015 there is now a fixed court cost of £560.
    Please make sure that when you send in the S172 form you name the correct driver at the alleged time of the alleged offence and keep a record of it plus get proof of posting just in case it should get lost in the post. it will give you a defence if it does get lost. If it was you the owner/ keeper of the vehicle that was driving, then fill in that part and send it off and keep records.
    You will then receive a further form at a later date of the alleged offence and an offer of a fixed penalty if pleading guilty to 3 points + £ 100 fine. If you should decide to challenge this it will be forwarded to the CPS for prosecution and an appearance in court. The ticket office/ police have up to six months to put this before a magistrate so could take some time, but the outcome will be far more expensive should you be found guilty at court.
    However if the return offers you a speed awareness course take it. This will cost you approx £85 or £100, but no penalty points. They are normally fixed for a Saturday morning and take about 4 hours, this is the cheapest option.
    So your options are as follows:-
    1. S a C, £100 + no points Guilty plea on form
    2. Fine £100, + 3 points Guilty plea on form
    3. Plead not guilty appear in court, ( If found guilty costs will be ):-
    Fine :- Up to £ 1,000.
    Court Costs:- £ 560.
    Penalty points 6
    Victim surcharge 10% £ 150
    Total Costs:- £ 1,710, + 6points.
    Your call the choice is your's.

  16. I was driving 30pm and the speed limit poster was 20mp however there was another speed limit close to it of 30pm I haven't seen the 20mp speed limit and the camera captured me do I get penalty in my driving licence or just penalty ???????

  17. Do you get offered speed awareness course on probation driving I think I was a little over 40 in a 40 zone didn't see van till last min

  18. I was recently caught doing 38mph in a 30mph zone as I approached a 40mph zone by a mobile camera unit (i.e. van parked by roadside – similar to that pictured in article). I'd like to appeal on the grounds that I could see the 40mph zone ahead and simply was accelerating to meet the 40mph zone. Any advice on whether it's worth an appeal.

    • Hi Sergio. It's not worth it. You can only start to accelerate once you reach the 40mph zone, not in anticipation of it. Up until you reach the sign, the speed limit is still 30mph.

      You seem to have fallen into their trap, as they were clearly there looking for people to do exactly what you have done. It's pretty poor behaviour on their behalf and I can understand your annoyance (we've all done exactly the same thing, many times), but ultimately you were still doing 38mph in a 30mph zone.

    • We are currently reorganising the layout and site structure, so things have been a bit messed up at times, but all the information should still be present and correct.

  19. iv'e been issued with a speeding ticket for a place 81 miles from were i live the reg no and make of car are right but at the time and place i was no where near there im 76 and have a very sick wife so had no reason for being in that place can anyone help or advice me

    • Hi Richard. It may be that the offending car's number plate has been misread and the fine sent to you. Or it could be that your registration plate has been cloned. Within the paperwork accompanying the fine, there should be information about how to dispute the fine (probably by making a statutory declaration).

    • Richard,
      If you think your number plate has been cloned then take some pictures of your vehicle front and rear plus any distinguishing marks and send them to the ticket office with your completed NIP. and a letter stating what you have said on here. Then wait for their reply.
      They will match your pictures to the picture or video recording they have and if it is different then you have nothing to worry about.

  20. Hi quick question? A group of us went out for the evening with a designated driver. He wasnt the owner of the car but se was init. He went through a rear facing camera- a few days later the speeding ticket came. He then told her he wasnt insured to drive & has / never had a licence eventhough she had asked him and asked him about his previous employment ( driving vans for a local company). She doesnt no if she should name him as the driver now or not!!!

    • Hi Stacey. If the owner of the car wasn't driving, she is obliged to declare it to the police and notify them who was driving. Taking a speeding fine for someone else can get you in a lot of trouble (as politicians found out last year when Chris Huhne asked his wife Vicky Pryce to take a penalty so he wouldn't lose his licence). However, it will obviously put her friend into deep trouble for driving without a licence…

      On the positive side, it could have been worse. If you had been involved in an accident on that night, there would have been no insurance cover for any injuries or damage that resulted.

    • Hi Stacey,
      You have 28 days from the receipt of your NIP to name the driver of the vehicle in question. If you fail to do this, the owner will be issued with a summons Known as an MS90. this is failure to furnish. They are merely trying to identify the driver of the vehicle at the time of the alleged offence. If the keeper of the vehicle does not do this they will be charged and if found guilty will receive a penalty of 6 points + a fine of £760. + court costs £600. & a victim sircharge which is 20% of the fine. so they are looking at a possible financial loss of £1400. + 6 penalty points or possible ban for six months.

  21. HI got caught doing 50 in a 30 zone 15weeks ago by a camera van, received the letter with in 3 days, about a court summons, but haven't re anything since

    • If you are going to be receiving a court summons, it can take a long time. The courts are quite backlogged and you're probably not a high priority.

  22. Hello, I got flashed today in a 40 zone whole I was doing about 41. However as its my daily route I have seen the same camera flash for speeding cars on the other side of the road, and I am pretty sure it was a fast bike on the other side when I got flashed doing 41. Do you know what happens when there are two motors in the zone and one is speeding? Or when a motor on the other side of the road gets flashed? To be clear, there are no marks on the other side of the road. This camera is for this side but it flashes nevertheless.

    • To be able to fine you they have to be positive that it was you. If there is any doubt, there should be no penalty.

  23. I don't know if your still responding but it will be greatly appreciated if you did. I was doing 55 in a 40 on the motorways variable speed limit. I am inelegible for the course I was just wondering is this a serious offence and what will my fate be…

  24. Hi I have 6 points on licence one for speeding sp50 and one for running a red light now I have received another speeding ticket on a dual carriageway will I get banned
    For this?

  25. Hi, I got caught on the 15th July and received a NIP on the 5th Aug. post mark 29th July. Is this worth contesting on the basis that if it was posted on the 29th ( the 14th day) it was never going to get anywhere by the 14th day. ( 59 in a 50 )

    • Hi John,
      The question is are you the registered keeper of the vehicle, are you the owner, have you registered your vehicle at the DVLA, are your records up to date. If all above are yes then you may have a defence, but it will be difficult. Your only defence would be that the NIP is time barred. but you will have to prove that the issue date is outside the 14 day limit. The process date is usually under the address of the ticket office . If the issue date is within the 14 day rule then you will find the defence very difficult. Please make sure that you fill in the S172 section naming the driver or that would be a further offence and make sure it is done inside the 28 days provided.

  26. Hi all. I just got flashed in Southampton victim going to be away at sea for the next 2 months in a coupe. Days. Is there anything I can do. All so do they send a photo with the fine?

  27. Hi got flashed by a yellow camera on a 30mph zone. I was doing 36mph. My letter says the police will prosecute for 30 plus 10% plus 3 which comes to 36mph. I always used to travel along this route and it used to be a 40mph zone. This has now been reduced to a 30 zone. Not sure why as just a quarter of a mile you come from a 50 zone. Do I have anything I can stand on any grounds due to the speed changing. Plus the majority of the yellow cameras don't work??? Help needed please thanks

    • Hi Kay. No, you have no grounds for appeal as far as I can see. The fact that the speed limit has changed doesn't alter anything in regards to the law. Speed limits change all the time along stretches of road, or there are temporary speed limits for roadworks, and it is up to you to follow them.

  28. Hi there,hope you are keeping well, i caught by a camera,when i was doing 28 m/h,i dnt understand why this camera flash on me,when i check on road marking its says 20 speed limit,but i think all the camera set on 30 zone on 33 speed limit,that was hepen in london,i already got 3 points,but if get these then it will b 6 points,can you please giude me the save my self from point,because i was thinking the camera set up for 30 speed limit,but it was not,it caught me on 28 speed,i am so worried about it,kindly give me good advice,thanks

    • So you were doing 28 in a 20 zone, and you're upset that a camera caught you? If you don't want to get fined and points, then don't exceed the speed limit by 40%.

    • 20mph zones are normally near schools, so your speed will not be taken lightly.
      Send in the form correctly and you will expect to receive a fixed penalty offer or a speed awareness course, if you have’nt attended one in the last three years. If you are offered it take it.

  29. I passed a speed camera that someone was working on and it flashed at me. Should I be worried? I'm sure I wasn't speeding

    • If you weren't speeding then you have nothing to worry about. It may possibly have been a manual setting applied by the technician to check that the camera was working properly.

  30. I got caught 78 in a 50. I've signed the NIP to say I was driving but that was March 2014. I haven't heard anything since , how long can they legally wait before summoning me to court ?

    • A requisition order for court proceedings must be issued within six months of the date of the offence. Were your sent an offer of a fixed penalty?.

  31. Hello there

    Just wondering

    If i done like 78 in 70mph average check on the first camera on motorway

    Then just doing around 70 or below through out

    Will i get ticket on the first ???

    • The average speed cameras record the time you have taken to cover the distance between each camera. It would depend on how long you were sitting on 78mph through the monitored zone; if you sat on 78mph until just before the second camera, it would make your average speed higher than if you passed the first camera at 78mpgh and then immediately dropped to 70.

  32. if you are unsure about been filmed ore not,get an old Tyre and half gallon of Gas around the yaller Box and warm it proper up to test is working fine still,when there still was light-sensitieve – film in the Box it also been a good Test to drill few Holes to check Accuracy.But wif the Memorycard today,better i recomend then,run some Gas in the Holes and warm it proper up as well,if NIP still gets mailed then you have repaired the important Device,thanks,hehe..

  33. I received a speeding fine in the post but I have lost the letter. What do I do? I recived the fine in Derbyshire but live in Essex

  34. I went through a 50 and the camrea went off. I was not aware of me speed as I was on cruse control but a car came whizzing beside me cut me up as we went through the camera, setting it off. Because he swerved in front of me, what latter seemed to shield himself from the camrea, is there any way they will be able to identify if it was me or the overtaking car? I also had a forward facing camrea, so can I use this as evidence to prove what happened?

    • Hi Jonathon. If they can't show it was definitely your car travelling at the recorded speed, they can't issue you a fine.

  35. Hi, I'd really like some advice. I was flashed tonight at about 11 pm in grantham, a fixed camera on a duel carriageway. Doing about 90 roughly in a 70! I don't know what I was thinking to be honest. I've had my licence 2 years. Never been done for speeding or anything previously ect. What am I likely to get?! I'm gutted obviously and I don't plan to claim it was for any reason ect other than it was a bad night and probably wasnt concentrating as I should have been. Help.

    • Sorry, there's no advice that's going to help you. Bad night & not concentrating are not going to get you out of a fine – a judge will quite rightly tell you that you should not have been driving if you weren't concentrating, and may well impose a higher penalty.

  36. Hi, I have just got a speeding letter through for doing 41mph in a 30 zone. It says Notice Issue date as 15th June for an offence caused on 26th May. I acquired the car on the 13th May. Would it be worth putting in an appeal baring in mind the 14 day rule, or might the fact that it was 13 days after buying the car, that could have played a part?

    • Since the vehicle was purchased only the month before the DVLA may not have upgraded their system. so the original NIP, would have gone to the previous keeper hence the late arrival of yours, so it would safe to say that the NIP is valid and you should reply to it within the timescale.

  37. Hi Stuart, I got a letter from the court about a speeding camera ticket which I didn't pay within 28 days. I tried to make the payment of the fine avoiding to go to the court , but it seems the speeding offence is not available any longer on the system. Please could you tell me what I will do next? If I get in touch with the speed camera office or to make my self ready for the court?
    Thank you.

    • You will more than likely to receive a court requisition, and you will probably be requested to appear, you will probably face a larger fine + court costs + victim surcharge + 6 or more penalty points and possibly a ban of no more than six months.

  38. Hi, i was speeding on the moterway, doing 145mph been stopped by a under cover cop car and i was been told it will be a court hearing ? Any clue whats the procedure now???

    • Sit back and await your fate, 145 in a 70, you will be looking at a 24 or 36 month ban, possible fine of £2,500. £ 800 court costs + 20% victim surcharge also 3 months at her majesty’s pleasure.

  39. Hi all,
    I was driving from Milton Keynes this morning at 12am and while overtaking a car in the first lane, near my exit (about 3/4 or 1/3 miles away)
    During the overtaking at about 80/85mph on a empty road I got flashed.

    I'll wait 2 weeks, but could I argue the case if I get a nip within 2 weeks?


    • What exactly would you be arguing? The speed limit is a fixed number, and is not open to interpretation – even if it appears to be a stupid limit.

  40. I have been driving for 4 months. I got flashed doing 35 in a 30 zone… What is the most common punishment the police will take? Could I loose my license as a first year driver?

    • Answer = YES, You may be issued with a NIP, so fill it in correctly and send it off, then wait.
      They may take into consideration the length of time you have had your licence so you will probably be offered a fixed penalty notice of 3 points + £100 fine or alternatively offered a speed awareness course, which will cost you approx £85 to £100, and no penalty points, these are normally held on a Saturday morning and last for about 4 hours. If you are offered this take it. There will then be no record of your misdemeanour.

  41. Hi I currently have 6 points on my licence but was allowed to carry on driving as I commited the offense as a provisional driver. I was flashed 4 weeks ago and still havnt had a fine. I was 100% noticed. Have I got away with it?

  42. Do all flashing lights end up with speeding penalty? Is there a difference speeding at night compared to day time and the state of traffic on the road?

    • There is no guarantee that just because a camera has flashed, you will receive a speeding fine. The speed limit is not altered by time of day or traffic levels in the UK, unless you are on a motorway with variable speed limits.

  43. Hi I'm disabled driver who's recently passed just over a month ago! I was waiting at traffic light which has a speed camera and red light camera, the light changed green at which I started to go my hand momentarily slipped off my hand control (break/accelerator) I quickly grabbed hold of it but in doing so I pulled it back a little to far it's super sensitive, I have Mini Cooper S and the acceleration is very quick it shot up to 44 and the speed limit is 40 I wasn't at 44 for more than a second or two before breaking quickly and slowing down to around 28. Am I likely to have been flashed? And if so do I have solid grounds for an appeal? Thank you.

  44. I have received the letter from a camera and sent back the form to confirm I was the driver however no fine has been sent back… What should I do?

    • I would assume that the fine will show up eventually. They are unlikely to forget about it.

  45. I got caught doing 58 in a 50 average speed zone on M1 at 10:15pm. I was driving my wife’s car which I am not used to driving in. I do this run two or three times a week and have done since the road works wee installed. Is this worth an appeal on the above grounds?

    • Hi Colin. In short, no. The speed limit does not depend on whether or not you’re driving your wife’s car.

  46. I received a speeding fine from Spain for 50 euros 8 months after the alleged incident for driving 117 kilometres on a 100 kilometre road.
    They are asking me to pay by credit card or a bank transfer.
    Am I obliged to pay this after 8 months.

    • Hi Rita. Sorry, I don’t know and the original guest author of this article does not respond to any comments that have been left.

    • Hi Stuart

      How do you know for sure if you were the driver or not, there is a possibility someone else had used my car on the day in question. Do all camera’s take pictures of the driver when caught speeding?

    • Hi Melissa. The penalty notice is sent to the car’s registered keeper, and it is your responsibility to identify the driver if you were not driving the car at the time.

  47. Is there a statutory distance within a 30 limit for the camera and road lines to be sited? I drove through a new Truvelo installation yesterday at about 35, and the road lines were only 10 m inside the 30 zone, with the camera 20 M further on. I had already slowed from the 40 limit preceding it, and would have been down to 30 a few Metres further in, camera or not. It didn’t flash, but I believe Truvelos are infra-red. I thought you had to be 150 Metres into the limit to be fined. I have only had one other incursion in 50 years, (68 in a short 50 section of an otherwise 70 dual carriageway) by a hand-held device, and when I questioned the police officer on his siting of the trap, he told me it met the statutory 150 Metres.

    • I don’t know what the statutory margins are, and they may vary for different circumstances. However, as any policeman will tell you, you are expected to be doing 30mph by the time you pass the sign, not 10m or 150m afterwards, so you’d be hard-pressed to find sympathy in terms of appealing a penalty.

    • That being said the GUIDELINE (I stress guideline as they’re not set rules) is that in a 30 limit a speed of 35mph is the minimum speed to be prosecuted. If your speedo said 35 then chances of you actually doing over 32 are very slim as they are very rarely accurate unless it’s a gps speedometer.

  48. hi i just passed a mobile speed camera at 40mph in a 30mph zone, the speed limit changed not even half a mile up the road, i only passed my test end of 2013…..what will be the consequences? :(

  49. hi, i just went past a mobile speed camera at about 40 in a 30 zone, the speed limit changed not even a mile up the road i only passed my test ed of 2013….will i loose my licence :(

    • The fact that the speed limit changed further down the road will be completely irrelevant. I don’t know if you will lose your licence, but you will almost certainly get a fine and some points.

  50. Hi, i was changing lanes and i was looking to my mirror had to add some speed but i dont think so the camera flashed. If the camera flashed would i notice it even if i was looking in my mirror, and is it 2 flashes?

  51. Hi. I got flashed doing 95mph in a 70mph dual carriageway at night with no other traffic. I was rushing to rhe hospital with my pregnant wofe in the passenger seat in late stages of labour. Is it worth challenging the NIP?

    • I imagine if anything you’ll make it worse as they’d take it to court potentially if you were to challenge it and they’d question why you risked the safety of your wife and unborn child by driving over the speed limits. I personally wouldn’t challenge this one.

  52. Hi There!
    I am concerned that I may have missed the letter with a speed limit fine. I am sharing flat with other people and the letter may have been lost. Is there anywhere where I can check whether I was actually fined (it’s been more than 14 days now)


  53. I got a letter from police for speeding (captured by automatic speed camera) on London Road, Uckfield. However there is no speed camera on the road, I have checked it several times. What should I do?

    • Thanks Stuart! If I ask for photo prove, would I still be offered speed awarnce course because I wasn’t speeding too much?

    • That depends on the policies of the police force where you were caught. Different jurisdictions have different rules for awareness course options.

  54. Just been flashed about 05.20am by a high camera by a crossroads, tcto be honest i thought it was a camera for when you went through a red light but obviosly not, it was a 30 zone and i was probably doing about 40 which is unusual for me to speed so gutted but its my own fault what should i expect.

  55. Hi,

    I received a speeding ticket but I’m 100% certain I was not driving, the time and date makes no sense, and I am the only one who drives my car. The only thing that makes sense about the ticket is that the route is my regular route for work but the ticket was issued on a Saturday at 9.42 pm (I have 2 small kids that would have been in bed by this time). I work in an office Mon-Wed 9-5, so I have no business on that route at the day and time, this ticket makes no sense to me at all except that there’s a fault with the camera maybe and got it’s time and date mixed. This is not to say I register speeding at any other time on this route, there’s usually traffic on the route anyway so you hardly ever go faster that the speed limit of 50, also they stated that it was a temporary road work camera?? They sent a picture of my car plate but that’s all, no picture of who may be driving the car. I have been taking to court and I will be pleading not guilty as I cannot take the blame for something I have not done. my question is do I need a solicitor to go to court with me or can I plead my case by myself? I’m already annoyed to have to take time off work to attend a hearing, I don’t really want to fork solicitor’s fee as well. Thank you.

    • Hi Bukky. You are certainly allowed to represent yourself, and plenty of people will do so for speeding offences. However, your chances of success are more likely if you engage a solicitor who specialises in motoring law.

      You will need to show that you couldn’t have been driving the car at 9.42pm on a Saturday and that should really be enough to get the penalty withdrawn. It is entirely possible that there was a fault with the camera, as it happens from time to time and the government basically hopes that people just pay up without contesting.

  56. i got cought doing 100mph in a 70 by a hand held camra 27/06/14 i got the letter and filled in part 3 to say i was driving which i sent back on the 05/08/14 but still not had nothing back? do they have so long to take me to court?

    • Hi Danny. My understanding is that they have 6 months from the date of the incident to issue a court summons, but you are probably better off getting official legal advice or maybe try the forum at legalbeagles.info

  57. The speed camera caught me and probably the police sent to me the penalty speed where I was living because I don’t provide my new address as now living with friends only temporary…This is the second house I changed in 2 month…
    Might be somebody put the letter which they sent after I moved in the bin knowing that I don’t live there anymore.
    If the police sent something to me to pay, what should I do?

    • Hi Faouaz. The requirement is for the police to deliver the NIP to the address of the registered keeper within 14 days. It is your responsibility to make sure that your address is correct.

      If you think you should have received a penalty (or any other mail, for that matter), you should be getting in touch with the new residents at your registered address to try and collect it. And change your address details with the DVLA. And next time, maybe try mail forwarding.

  58. My question has been asked previously, although I couldn’t see a reply.

    I was in my friend’s car on the 26th of December, using the M4 or M25 and we believe he got flashed at 100mph+

    Would this result in a NIP (within 14 days) or could it take anywhere up to six months to receive anything as the article wasn’t clear. Or would he be eligible to receive both?



    • Hi Mike. I’m not sure (I didn’t write this article), but it would appear to depend on whether the incident was deemed a serious offence. Even if it is deemed serious, I doubt that the police will take six months to get hold of your friend – but they legally have six months to do so. I would imagine that your friend will be hearing from them soon enough.

  59. I’ve just received a fine from the dreaded M5 region where “Motorway Management” is now in force. I didn’t realise that speed limits shown in red circles on the gantry were mandatory and not advisory as they are on older gantries. I simply thought it was new look tech! Anyway, that’s beside the point – I post it as a warning to others. My question though is that the offence was on 15 Dec, but I only received the fine today on the 8th Jan (postmarked 6th Jan). I thought the police had to issue it within 14 days. Am I able to contest on that aspect (I was only fractionally over the limit for a very short distance).

    • When I thought I got caught the rule was if the post date is beyond 14 days you can purely reject it. I don’t see why a managed motorway would be exempt from that. If the post mark is 6th as you say then it was sent way after 14 days later even if you factor in 2 bank holidays for Xmas and Boxing Day even with new years day it would be over 14 days.

    • Just forgot to add that if you were in a company car then chances are you’re bang to rights as it only has to get to the company within 14 days not the driver.

    • Hi Simon. Yes, any speed sign which contains the speed inside a circle is a legal limit. Speed signs which are not enclosed in a circle are advisories only.

      We can’t advise as to your likelihood of success in contesting any penalty, but there are plenty of legal firm which specialise in this sort of issue and can advise you accordingly (usually an initial consultation won’t incur a charge, or only a small one).

  60. I wasn’t speeding, usually the only time I go above 30ish is when I’m overtaking. Is there anyway I can get a copy of the speed is was meant to be doing.

  61. i received a speeding fine in the post, Saying i was caught doing 41mph in a 30 mph zone, and carried on at that speed past the camera. Now i know this is wrong on two accounts. 1. I was warned by a motorist that there was a police camera van ahead. and 2. As i had also seen the Mobile Camera i had clocked my speed at 29 mph. is there anything i can do?

    • Often the mobile units can detect your speed at a range well before you see them, so by the time you slow down it’s already too late.

  62. I was approaching a set of traffic lights with speed ceras where lines are marked on the road. The traffic light was Amber, I tjiugh I would make it but I could not so I did break and stopped making sure I don’t go through the traffic lights however having said that the cameras still flashed, does that mean I got a fine?

    • Hi Ameen. You may receive a fine, but hopefully it would be reviewed before they send it out and they would realise. If you do receive a fine, you should have good grounds to appeal it.

  63. I have been advised today (02/12/2014) that I have been caught speeding on the A14 near Cambridge. It’s a 70mph limit as it’s a 3 lane dual carriageway, but the offence was 16/10/2014, by my calculations a full 47 days after the offence. My situation is that I deliver demo cars all over the UK, and as such the vehicle was registered (in this case) to Volvo UK, so the ticket will have gone to their head office in Maidenhead first, then passed onto my company office in Oxfordshire. The woman in our office who called me today to tell me of my ticket, admitted she’d sent it onto another driver by mistake hence the long time in my being notified.
    So my question is this……do I have any leeway whatsoever to appeal this ticket, or is it what could be described as ‘unusual circumstances’?

  64. thanks mike just waiting for the post man this morning hopefully he wont bring me a present LOL ,so no mail tomorrow ( sunday ) then my 14 days are up.

    • yee haaa no ticket today, but i am not counting my blessings yet i will give it untill monday.
      but it has taught me a lesson i will be more vigilant and i will slow down.

  65. dose a mobile (van camera) have to flash to catch you speeding ? i passed a mobile van camera in a 50mph zone doing 58mph but camera never flashed so not sure if to expect a ticket.
    this was 13 days ago.

    • They don’t have to flash no but I went passed one in a 50 at 60 and got nothing (speed limit change on a dual carriageway badly signed) so you may be ok anyway.

  66. Think I may have absent mindedly passed a mobile van at about 29 in a 20. My stupidity. Question is, I need to hang on to my licence over Christmas to hire a car overseas and I suspect that at this time the powers that be will be processing it with points. Is there anyway if I can pay the fine on time and postpone sending off original of my licence until I get back?. Reckon there could be an over lap of a week or so if notice takes 14 days to arrive.

  67. Hi I have been flashed last night on A12 I was doing 60 in 50 zone I go pass that camera every day for the past 3 years never flashed before but last night all of a sudden it did. It was 5:00AM and it was my first ever flash!! will I be penalize??? my license is clean as well!!!

    • Well by your own admission “I was doing 60 in a 50 zone”, so you may have a fine on its way soon. I don’t think they will accept the excuse that you haven’t been caught for the last three years.

  68. Hi my wife was traveling at 35 on 30mph zone and had a flash will she get a ticket? Can we appeal after two weeks if we don’t get nothing?

    • No way of knowing until a ticket arrives, and if you don’t get a ticket then there’s nothing to appeal.

  69. I think I got flashed. Not sure whether it was the camera opposite the road or the car approaching me from behind. I think I was doing 32 or 33. Didn’t see the Gatso camera as it was obscured by tree branches. Do you think I have a chance of appealing?

    • You’ll have to wait and see what the infringement notice says if/when you get one. At the end of the day, they are programmed to take a photo if you are speeding, so if you were over the limit then you will get a fine.

    • 19 days has elapsed since I got flashed and I still haven’t recieved NIP letter. I think I can safely say I wasn’t me who’d got flashed. Talk about anxiety!

  70. I got caught 27 in a 20 zone owe fault my mother had a fall at home fracture d hip still in hospital I panicked at the time will I get points or can I go on speed awhereness course

    • Hi Trevor. It varies among different police forces and districts. I suggest checking the local police website or giving them a call to find out more.

  71. I was caught doing 36 in a 30 mph zone. i have a clean licence and i was actually slowing down but the camera still flashed will i be getting points. is it possible i can just get a fine alone with no points? if not is it possible i may do a speed awareness course?

    • Hi juwon. The penalties are pretty much standard, so chances are you will be getting points and a fine. “I was actually slowing down” isn’t a great defence, as you are admitting to going even faster before reaching the camera…

      The option to take a speed awareness course is at the discretion of the local authorities, and varies across the country.

  72. Caught speeding by police mobile camera and pulled over. Took 4 weeks to be issued with fine and points notice. I thought this had to be done in 14 days? Does the delay make any difference?

  73. received my notice to prosecute today i had been traveling at 48 in a 30 zone, silly mistake.
    my questions are,

    i have just passed my test for the 2nd time after having my licence revoked back in 2007, im i classed as a new driver even though i held my licence for 10 years till the ban ?

    and what amount of points can i expect ?

    cheers for any information

  74. Hi, my wife has somehow got caught doing over 50 60 or below within the space of a few weeks on the temp speed limit on the m1 between junction 28 and 31. The first two came through within a couple of days of each other. She is adamant she hasn’t been speeding, guessing ignorance isn’t an excuse or is it?

    • Nope, it’s not an excuse. The only possibility would be if the temporary signs were not properly displayed. But they almost certainly would have been, so she’s going to have to pay up…

  75. Hi, I was in a 30mph zone. A bus had pulled over at a bus stop, all the other cars in front of me had gone round it – as I was going round it it decided to pull out and started along, there was oncoming traffic coming forward so I sped up to make sure I didn’t hit the cars coming forward. The speed camera was bang in front of me and think I was going about 36.

    Do you think I’ve got a right to appeal?

    • Probably not, as the counter argument is that you could have slowed down and tucked back in behind the bus rather than speeding up to get in front of it. Of course, you may not even get a fine if the camera was pointed at the other lane and you were presumably on the wrong side of the road.

  76. I’m in the process of moving, and have been doing a lot of millage over this period. I haven’t changed my licence or log book yet and was wondering if I can check if there are any fines coming my way as I have left no forwarding address at my last property.?

  77. I may have been caught on a 60mph Dual Carriageway. I couldn’t say what speed as my speedometer has been inaccurate to a shocking level in the past but was probably anwhere from 70 up to 90 at the point id have been in range. What Is the speed that is considered “excessive” and gives them 6 months to lodge court papers? Or do those court papers still require an NIP prior to them within the 14 days?

  78. I think I got caught about 10 days ago – just waiting on the letter now in the next few days. I think I was doing 58 at the very most in a 50 zone. will I be caught?

  79. Does the smart motorway on the m5 bristol work when not in use. I was led to believe it was only in use when illuminating a speed. I got flashed when no speed was showing am I going to be expecting a letter many thanks shane

    • If no speed is showing, I would assume that the speed limit is the usual motorway speed limit of 70mph.

  80. I have been caught on camera in 30 area doing 42 on a 3 year contract hire car, I received notice after two months (06/08/2014) and date on letter was 04/08/2014, do I need to do anything?

  81. I was doing 30 behind a bus and was unable to see the speed limit signs, I started to overtake the bus but wasn’t going outrageously fast, I didn’t see the camera flash because as I passed the bus the camera was there as if the bus was between me and the camera the full time, will I be alright ?

    • This is not something we can really advise upon. If the camera could identify you, and you were exceeding the speed limit, then you can expect to get penalised (assuming the camera had any film in it – plenty don’t and are inactive).

  82. Got caught doing 48 in a 40. Was in a 50 Zone and think i didnt slow down fast enough. Any chance ill be offered the course? Its my first offence

  83. I got done doing 48 on the A5 I always use this road which has always been 50 i was dreaming away approaching roadworks and didn’t notice the new temporary change in road speed down to 40 mph the new sign was approx 100 yards before the camera, I’ve retraced my steps and that was the only sign, the previous was 50mph is that right ? Can they give you such little notice? Anybody know ?t
    Thanks michael

    • Im sure Ive read that they cant prosecute at a new speed limit for a certain time after the change. In other words it would still be 50 in the camera’s case. I dont know if theres any truth in that

  84. Ok I’m going to have to admit something here. I got caught doing 37 in a 30 zone last weekend and got the intent to prosecute this weekend. It was posted out as quickly as it came through my door with all my details needed. What has worried me is that I had owned the car less than a year and inadvertently over-ran it’s mot. By more than a few days… will this have been picked up by a standard gatzo? Will it be picked up over the course of this speeding fine being processed? I have since had to scrap the car as it had failed it’s mot and the repairs uneconomical so no longer own the car. But obviously I’m extremely paranoid and nervous as I’ve never been this lapse before with my vehicles and don’t know what’s in store for me. I’ve never had a vehicle offence before in my 7 years driving

    Anyone have any advice on the issue?

    • I don’t know if the police cross-check MOT and insurance records when sending out speeding fines. Someone else may have experience in this area, but I’d say there is a fair chance that the systems may run a check to make sure that any cars caught are legally registered and MOTed.

    • was caught doing 58 in a 40 it’s my first offence what kind of fine and points will I get plus I don’t think was driving so fast and I did slow down as I saw cam van which clocked me over 150 metres away

  85. Hi I was passing a speed camera when it was getting serviced by someone, when I passed doing 28mph it flashed twice plus the camera was lowered

    • I’d imagine you’re pretty safe there: a) you weren’t speeding, and b) sounds like it was undergoing maintenance, so it may have just been coincidence that the flash went off as you were passing by.

  86. I was ‘flashed’ this morning in very heavy fog. I didn’t know what the local limit and was unable to see any sings. Will I get prosecuted?

  87. up to how long after being caught on a speed camera is it still legal for action to be taken, iv'e been waiting nearly 4 weeks so far.

  88. why is you get three points on your licence, £100 pound fine and also your car insurance goes up as well. perhaps the insurance companies are jumping on the band wagon by over inflating car insurance. I do agree with speed cameras but where i live we have six speed cameras and then we have the mobile police vans parked in areas along the route easy pray for the police i think

  89. Hello there!!! I have been caught on camera speeding on M11 going to Stansted the thing is, its already 2 months gone and I still didn't have any letters, is this ok???

    • Hi Miriama. I would have thought that if it was 2 months ago and you haven’t heard anything, you should be I’m the clear. Fingers crossed.

    • The photo probably wasn’t good enough for them to use so it just gets scrapped. 1 in 7 are good enough to use. Not all cameras have film in when they flash

  90. I think that people would be much more supportive of speed cameras if they thought that it actually made roads safer instead of just revenue raising for the government.

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