Going To 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 guidelines to work from if you are going to court. If your a first-time offender it is worth noting it is extremely rare for a court to impose the maximum percentage penalty and will usually not surpass 75%. This mean 75% of your weekly wage.

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 income 25%-75% 75%-125% 125%-175%

The above fine range percentages are based in general on your weekly wage so if you earn £1000 a week as an 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 this even if you're in the high income bracket.

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

- If you do not supply the relevant information concerning your earnings the fine will be figured out based on earnings set at £350 a week.
- The fine will be set based generally on earning at least £100 a week. It's of no significance to the court if you earn less than this.

If you believe you may lose your license when showing up at court it might be sensible to find some expert advice from a specialist in Motoring law have a look at our Motoring Lawyers page. If however your license isn't at risk there are numerous other ways in which you can protect yourself without the requirement of a costly lawyer.

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