Driving UK: How many points do you get for speeding? Answers to your main questions
Being aware of your speed is of critical importance to your safety on the road and that of others around you.
But sometimes even the best drivers among us get caught speeding, whether they intend to exceed the speed limit or not.
If you’ve ended up with a speeding ticket, you probably have a lot of questions about what will happen next.
Personal and commercial vehicle rental company Vanarama recently looked at the answers to some of the top questions people have on the topic of speed.
Every driver should always be careful and aware of speed limits, but if you ever get caught at speed, here’s some information on what to expect …
How many points do I get for speeding?
There are three groups you can fall into depending on how fast you go.
- Driving between 21-30 mph in a 20 mph zone: three points
- Driving between 31-40 mph in a 30 mph zone: three points
- Driving between 41 and 55 mph in a 40 mph zone: three points
- Driving between 51-65 mph in a 50 mph zone: three points
- Driving between 61-80 mph in a 60 mph zone: three points
- Driving between 71-90 mph in a 70 mph zone: three points
B and B
- Drive between 31-41 mph in a 20 mph zone: Disqualified for seven to 28 days or four to six points
- Drive between 41 and 50 mph in a 30 mph zone: Disqualified for seven to 28 days or four to six points
- Drive 56-65 mph in a 40 mph zone: Disqualified for seven to 28 days or four to six points
- Drive between 66-75 mph in a 50 mph zone: Disqualified for seven to 28 days or four to six points
- Drive 81-90 mph in a 60 mph zone: Disqualified for seven to 28 days or four to six points
- Drive 91-100 mph in a 70 mph zone: Disqualified for seven to 28 days or four to six points
- Driving 41 mph and above in a 20 mph zone: Disqualified for seven to 56 days or six points
- Driving 51 mph and above in a 30 mph zone: Disqualified for seven to 56 days or six points
- Driving 66 mph and above in a 40 mph zone: Disqualified for seven to 56 days or six points
- Driving 76 mph and above in a 50 mph zone: Disqualified for seven to 56 days or six points
- Driving 91 mph and above in a 60 mph zone: Disqualified for seven to 56 days or six points
- Driving 101 mph and above in a 70 mph zone: Disqualified for seven to 56 days or six points
How much is a speeding fine?
The amount of your speeding fine is also determined by how fast you are going and which lane you fall into from the top.
The fine is then calculated based on your weekly income.
Here’s how much you are likely to be fined depending on which speeding lane you’re placed in:
- Band A: Varies between 25 and 75% of weekly income
- B and B: Varies between 75% and 125% of weekly income
- Band C: Varies between 125 and 175% of weekly income
While speeding fines are based on your income, limits are also in place.
The minimum amount you will be fined is £ 100, while the maximum amount is £ 1,000 in the UK.
However, if you speeding on a motorway, the maximum fine increases to £ 2,500.
How long does it take to get a speeding ticket?
If you’ve been caught speeding, you should expect to receive two notices within 14 days of being caught.
Both notices will include:
- Notice of intentional prosecution (PIN)
- Section 172 Notice
When the PIN arrives, you must complete section 172 confirming who was driving at the time of the incident, even if that person was not you but another registered driver.
You must return it to the police within 28 days.
You will then receive a conditional offer of a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) from the police, which may give you the option of taking a speed awareness course to avoid points being added to your driver’s license or a letter inviting you to go to court.
The law states that the police must send the PIN within 14 days of the offense, not including the day it occurred.
The PIN you receive must be dated within 14 days of the violation – if dated outside of this time, the notice is invalid.
However, it can arrive after the 14 day period as long as it is dated and sent within this period.
What is the national speed limit?
The national speed limit is a maximum of 30 mph in built-up areas, 60 mph on a single carriageway, and 70 mph on two-lane roads.
The national speed limit road sign has a diagonal black rectangle intersecting a white circle from top right to bottom left – this signifies where the national speed limit begins.
Local councils can set their own speed limits in certain areas, and these must be clearly signed.
For more information on speed limits and how they relate to different vehicles, visit gov.uk.
Is speed a criminal offense?
If you pay your fine on time, speeding will not be considered a criminal offense.
You must pay the fixed sentence within 28 days – if you do, no conviction will be recorded against you.
Will speeding over 100 km / h stop you from driving instantly?
Driving over 100 km / h will seriously penalize you.
You will likely be banned from driving following a court appearance, disqualification usually being the penalty for such speeding.
The final decision will be at the discretion of the court, which means that it might be possible to avoid disqualification, but this is highly unlikely.
How long do the points stay on your license?
Most points remain on your license for four years from the date of the offense, although they are only active for the first three.
For more serious offenses, such as causing death or injury by reckless or impaired driving, the points will remain on your license for 11 years.
How do speed cameras work?
Radars record the speed of a vehicle using sensors on the road or with radar technology, depending on whether it is a fixed or mobile camera.
If a camera detects speeding, it will take a digital image to capture the vehicle’s color, type, make, license plate and sometimes the driver’s face depending on the location of the camera.
If it is a fixed speed camera, it will more than likely flash, unlike PTZ cameras.
The most common fixed speed cameras are called Gatso and Truvelo – Gatso is square and flashing, while Truvelo is circular and does not flash.
There is no way to tell if you’ve been caught speeding. If you see a camera flash, you can probably expect to receive a letter within the next 14 days.
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