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Speeding

The StatuteRoad Traffic Regulations Act 1984, section 89
A person who drives a motor vehicle on a road at a speed exceeding a limit … shall be guilty of an offence..Potential James Murray client being stopped

Without a doubt, speeding is the most common of all motoring offences. A majority of motorists will have gained a speeding conviction at some time during their driving experience.

For many people, being stopped by the police is the first occasion they have met the police and it can be quite intimidating.

For the least serious of speeding cases it is likely that you will be issued with a fixed penalty notice at the roadside.  More often than not drivers accept the liability there and then.


Many do not realise that they are entitled to challenge the offence should they not accept they were speeding.

For the most serious of matters, where the speed travelled at is 20mph or more in excess of the speed limit, it is likely that the matter will go to court. It may be up to six months before you receive a summons.

If you go to Court, a conviction is likely to result in an endorsement with 3-6 penalty points, a fine and prosecution costs. If you are caught travelling at speeds in excess of 30mph above the speed limit then the starting point is an immediate disqualification.

See the definition of a ‘road’ here.

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