Speeding offences can be dealt with by fixed penalty notice or by court summons depending on how serious the offence is.
Will I get a fixed penalty notice or or a court summons?
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have guidelines in place as to whether a fixed penalty notice should be issued. More excessive speeding is dealt with by way of summons.
The current guidelines are:
These are only guidelines and are not set in stone. Some police forces may use a more lenient or stricter standard. As an alternative, in some circumstances police forces will offer a speed awareness course if your speed was no more than 10% over the limit +9mph. So for instance a driver travelling at less than 42mph in a 30mph limit may in such cases be offered a speed awareness course.
What is the penalty for speeding?
Fixed Penalty (not heard in court) A fixed penalty notice will result in a £100 fine and 3 points.
Court Hearing – If you go to court and are convicted of a speeding offence, you will expect to get a minimum of 3 points on your licence and a £100 fine. Higher speeds will normally attract a bigger fine and more points on the licence. Sentencing is at the discretion of the magistrates, but usually fines and penalties are kept within the recommended sentencing guidelines.