Will I get a speeding fine, ticket and points on my licence - and how much is the fine for speeding?

Have you been flashed by a speed camera in London or other towns and cities in the UK, and left with these questions: 'will I get a speeding ticket', 'how long does it take for a speeding ticket to arrive', 'what is the fine for speeding' and 'how many points on my licence will Iget'? With reports of a huge increase in such offences during periods of quieter roads throughout the pandemic, we look at what happens after the speed camera flashes - and how likely you are to get prosecuted, receive penalty points on your licence or even a ban. 

If you're a repeat offender when it comes to speeding offences, you'll know how the system works, but this guide is intended to help those who have been caught speeding for the first time prepare for what happens next - from notice of prosecution to points or even disqualification.   speeding ticket camera flashFind out what happens after you think you've been caught by a speed camera 

How much over the speed limit will get a speeding ticket?

Despite rumours that travelling just 1mph over the limit will trigger certain safety cameras, research from Auto Express published in 2019 revealed the tolerances of devices across the UK. The following shows magazine's research, revealing how cops across the UK set their speed cameras.

Police force Number of cameras Camera activation threshold
Avon and Somerset 41 10% + 2mph
Bedfordshire 38 Would not reveal threshold
Cambridgeshire 32 Would not reveal threshold
Cheshire 15 10% + 2mph
Cleveland 4 10% + 2mph
Derbyshire 18 10% + 2mph
Devon and Cornwall 98 10% + 2mph
Durham 0 fixed 10% + 2mph
Essex 63 Don't use a standard threshold
Greater Manchester 235 Would not reveal threshold
Gwent 21 10% + 2mph
Hampshire 36 10% + 2mph
Hertfordshire 53 Would not reveal threshold
Kent 109 10% + 2mph
Lancashire 34 10% + 3mph
Leicestershire 30 10% + 2mph
Merseyside 18 10% + 2mph
Metropolitan Police/TfL 805 10% + 3mph
Norfolk 26 10% + 2mph
North Wales 28 10% + 2mph
Northumbria 55 10% + 2mph
Nottinghamshire 48
Refused to confirm if threshold exists
Police Service of Northern Ireland 12 10% + 2mph
Scotland 173
Refused to confirm if threshold exists
South Wales 137 10% + 2mph
South Yorkshire 25 10% + 2mph
Staffordshire 286 Would not reveal threshold
Suffolk 4 10% + 2mph
Thames Valley 294 10% + 2mph
Warwickshire 28 10% + 2mph
West Mercia 23 10% + 2mph
West Midlands 33 Would not reveal threshold
West Yorkshire 402 10% + 2mph

Will I always get a speeding ticket after being flashed by a camera? 

Was the speed camera working, or were you even speeding? These questions can cause anxiety as drivers wait to find out if they were speeding. Fortunately, there are rules to ensure drivers are not left waiting for extended periods to find out if they're facing a fine, points, or even being banned from the roads. 

How long does it take to get a speeding ticket?

The police have 14 days to issue the registered keeper of the vehicle with a notice of intended prosecution (NIP). If this doesn’t arrive within this period, it’s likely there will be no ticket. However, motorists should get legal advice if a notice arrives after the 14 day period. Simply ignoring it could result in prosecution and further speed camera penalty points

What must I do after getting a 'speeding ticket'?

Along with the NIP, you will also be sent a Section 172 notice within 14 days of the alleged offence. This is a form asking you to confirm who was driving the vehicle at the time of the claimed infringement.
You must comply with the request to identify the driver of the car involved within 28 days. Failure to do so could see your licence endorsed with six penalty points and a £1,000 fine. Giving false information could lead to imprisonment as several high-profile offenders have found out.

How long will it take for the final ticket to arrive?

Once the NIP has been received and complied with - providing it was received within the 14-day-period - the case must move forward within six months. If this does not happen, the recipient should ask for the case to be withdrawn. Get legal advice if this is not agreed - and remember to keep a log of all dates involved.

What is the speeding ticket 14 day rule 2022 UK?

The 14 day limit is the amount of time Police have to process and send out the original Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP). It should arrive at the address of the accused within 14 days, but failure for it to do so does not automatically mean the case is cancelled. 

All the police have to do is prove that in normal circumstances, the NIP would have arrived at the recorded address of the registered keeper within 14 days. 

However, if the date stamped on the NIP issued to you is beyond the 14 days, then the 14-day rule can be used to reject the ticket for being issued too late. Do not just ignore it, but appeal the ticket for the reason it is void. 

What happens next?

After you return the Section 172, you’ll be sent either a:

  • Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)
  • Letter telling you to go to court

How much is a speeding fine and how many penalty points will I get?

New speed camera fines came into force on April 24, 2017. Your fine will be calculated based on your weekly earnings. The following table will help you work out how much this could be - and how many penalty points you could receive.

Band MPH over stated speed limit Fine (percentage of relevant weekly wage) Number of points on licence or length of disqualification
Band A 1mph to 10mph 25-75% 3 points
Band B 11mph to 20mph 75-125% 4-6 points or 7-28 days’ disqualification
Band C Over 21mph 125-175% 6 points or 7-56 days’ disqualification

Depending on where you were caught speeding and how much you were exceeding the limit, you’ll be placed into one of the above bands.

Pensioners, the rich and non-working partners of the wealthy won't get away with paying more either. Take a look at the guidelines from the Sentencing Council for more details of how much you could be fined.

Areas recording most speed camera activations

Research carried out by Car Lease Special Offers revealed the most active speed camera locations in the UK.
1. West Yorkshire - 1,005,830
2. Metropolitan - 789,621
3. Sussex - 272,245
4. West Midlands - 255,722
5. Kent - 251,833
6. Surrey - 243,677
7. North Yorkshire - 227,945
8. South Yorkshire - 214, 582
9. Devon and Cornwall - 209,428
10. Bedfordshire - 204,793

Can I check if I have been caught by a speed camera in the UK

There is no database is available to check if you've been caught speeding in the UK, so this is not possible. Instead, you will have to wait to see if a penalty notice is issued to your vehicle's registered address within a 14-day period.

Can I check if I have been given a speeding ticket in Spain or other EU countries?

Like the UK, there is no public-searchable database to reveal if you have been caught speeding in countries such as Spain, France or other EU countries. 

Will Covid-19 restrictions mean my speeding ticket or court case will be dropped?

No. Speeding tickets and court cases will not be dropped due to the hold-ups caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In its ‘Interim CPS Charging Protocol - Covid-19 Crisis Response’ report, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that tickets would not be “ignored”. 

If you’re facing a more serious offence, there is a high likelihood that any court case will be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic - with serious criminal cases taking precedence over the likes of speeding.

Will I be less likely to be banned from driving for speeding because of the Covid-19 crisis?

The answer is yes and no, here. If you are a key worker and need your car to reach your workplace, or help friends who are self-isolating, the magistrate may be less inclined to ban you.

However, if you were caught speeding during lockdown on a non-essential journey, then expect the magistrate to look far less kindly on your case - making a ban more likely.


Speeding fine calculator UK

Scroll down below this screen grab to fined out how you can use the speeding fine calculator for the UK.

Speed fine calculator
Use this calculator, accessible below, to find out how much you could be fined for speeding

The Sentencing Council has created a speeding fine calculator to help you find out how much you are likely to be fined if you're issued with a speeding ticket. Check out your speeding fine here.

How long are penalty points valid? 

Speed camera penalty points are valid on your licence for three years from the date of the offence, or from the date of conviction if given in court. It will take four years to have the offence completely wiped from your record.

New drivers and penalty points

If you’re still within 2 years of passing your driving test, your driving licence will be revoked (withdrawn) if you build up 6 or more penalty points.

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