Speed camera fines


The Highway Code clearly states the current speed limits in force on the UK’s roads. The speed limits for cars are: 

  • In most urban areas: 30mph (48km/h)
  • Single-lane carriageways: 60mph (96km/h)
  • Dual carriageways and motorways: 70mph (112km/h)

Many of the UK’s roads now have speed cameras. Each police force also has a number of mobile speed camera units they use on roads without fixed speed cameras. Speed cameras usually measure your average speed over a fixed distance. If this is over the legal maximum for the road you are travelling on, the camera will take a photograph of your car’s number plate. This is how speed camera fines are generally issued.

Speed camera fines are usually issued as fixed penalty notices within 14 days of you committing the alleged speeding offence. All speed camera fines are sent as what are called ‘conditional’ notices. What this means is that you have the right to accept any speed camera fines, which is currently £60 and three points on your licence, or to dispute the notice.

If you decide to dispute the notice you must respond to your notice within 28 days. Your case will then be heard in a court. At this point it is advisable to obtain the help and assistance of a qualified solicitor. Your case may include some complex elements of the law, or will require motoring laws to be interpreted. Your solicitor can also represent you and speak for you in court if you would like them to.

You should not attempt to handle your own defence, as the court will be looking for proper legal argument about your case - something that only a solicitor can deliver. Using a qualified solicitor can also give your case the best chance of success.

If you would like to obtain legal advice about speed camera fines, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist motoring offences / traffic solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local motoring / traffic solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.


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