Appearing in Court For Speeding

By Ben Walsh

If you weren't aware all Speeding offences that go to court within the UK are handled by the magistrate's court.

There are specific guidelines set out for potential fines when having to attend a magistrate's court. Please remember that these are only guidelines and aren't immovably set. The judge can deviate from them if he so wishes, dependent on the people particular circumstances. It is also to a degree means tested and will look at your current takings when figuring out the total fine amount.

Below are some general guidlines to work from if you're . If your a 1st time offender it is worth pointing out it is very rare for a court to enforce the maximum % penalty and will customarily not exceed 75%. This mean 75% of your weekly pay packet.

Speeding Limit (mph) 3 point speeding fine (mph) 4-6 point speeding fine (mph) 6 point speeding fine (mph)

20 21-30 31-40 41-50

30 31-41 41-51 51-60

40 41-55 56-65 66-75

50 51-65 66-75 76-85

60 61-80 81-90 91-100

70 71-90 91-100 101-110

Disqualification NO 7-28 days 7-56 days

Fine Range % of earnings 25%-75% 75%-125% 125%-175%

The above fine range %s are based mostly on your weekly wage so if you earn £1000 a week for example the fine would be anything from 25% to 175% of that amount, which would be anything from £250-£1750

When it comes to maximum speeding fines it is capped at £1000 or £2500 (if caught speeding on a motorway) so you should'nt pay more than that even if ]you are in the high earnings bracket.

The upcoming information is assumed by the court about the above info.

- If you don't provide the applicable info regarding your takings the fine will be calculated based ]totally on salary set at £350 a week.
- The fine will be set based mostly on earning a minimum of £100 a week. It doesn't matter to the court if you earn less than this.

If you think you may lose your license when attending court it'd be wise to seek some professional advice from an expert in Motoring law take a look at our Motoring Lawyers page. If however your license isn't in danger there are lots of other ways that you can defend yourself without the need of an expensive lawyer.

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