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. Find 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|
Refused to confirm if threshold exists
|Police Service of Northern Ireland||12||10% + 2mph|
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'?
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
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.
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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.