The minimum speeding penalty is a £100 fine and also 3 penalty points on to your licence. You may be eligible for a National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme course instead. Failing to respond to the notice your case will be referred to court because you failed to provide the information you were asked for by the Police.
If a speed camera catches you
Within 14 days of your car being caught speeding you’ll be sent a:
- Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP)
- Section 172 notice
You must return the Section 172 notice within 28 days, telling the police who was driving the car.
These are usually defined as 20 mph or more over the speed limit. This can lead to a Court summons & prosecution. Penalties in the range of 3 – 6 points or a discretionary disqualification of between 7-56 days and up to £1000 fine (up to £2500 for speeding on a motorway). Police are required to lodge the summons with the Court within 6 months, but this does not mean that if you don’t hear from them within six months that you have escaped prosecution.
Driver awareness courses
Once you’ve responded to the notice, and done so within the required timeframe, you could be sent:
- an option to attend a driver awareness course under the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme
- a fixed penalty notice
- or a letter telling you to go to court
The police will consider the following grounds when assessing your eligibility for the driver awareness course:
Your speed narrowly exceeded the limit and falls within the guidelines set out by the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) up to:
- 31 mph in a 20 mph area
- 42 mph in a 30 mph area
- 53 mph in a 40 mph area
- 64 mph in a 50 mph area
- 75 mph in a 60 mph area
- 86 mph in a 70 mph area
You haven’t already completed a course within three years or are booked on an upcoming course