by Claire Quinlan
Unsure about whether you can contest a speeding ticket? Want to know how long points stay on your licence? Are you a new driver worried about what might happen if you’re caught speeding within the first six months? We took to the streets of Nottingham to answer these questions and find out what else members of public wanted to know about traffic offences. Below our road transport team take 60 second speed rounds to give us the answers:
Laura Newton, Associate Solicitor:
Can you find out if you have been caught speeding online?
No, you can call your local camera enforcement team otherwise you will receive notice by post.
Can you get banned for driving 100 mph on the motorway?
Yes absolutely. The Court’s starting point at 100mph is a disqualification up to 4 weeks, any faster is likely to be a longer period.
How long does it take for a speeding ticket fine to arrive?
In most circumstances the police will send a Notice of Intended Prosecution within 14 days. It can be longer if it isn’t your vehicle. The fixed penalty can take a further few weeks and if the case goes to Court up to 6 months.
How long do you get banned for drink driving?
At least 12 months, it can be much longer if there is a high reading. A second offence in 10 years leads to a minimum 3 year ban.
Olivia Maginn, Barrister:
Will I lose my licence for drink driving?
In most cases yes. There may be legal argument in rare cases to avoid it but you should take advice if you think this applies.
As a new driver does anything happen if you get caught speeding in first 6 months?
As long as the total number of points on your licence is less than 6 your licence will stay intact.
How do I contest a speeding ticket?
If you dispute that you are the driver or if you disagree with the recorded speed, the case will normally need to be challenged at the Magistrates’ Court.
Anton Balkitis, Partner:
How long do points stay on your licence?
Points count from the day of the offence and can be counted for three years. They will be visible on your driving record for four years.
How long do you have to be speeding for you to get caught?
This varies with the type of speed recording. For most cameras it is a surprisingly short distance.
What happens if you get caught speeding?
You will either be pulled over by a police officer or sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution by post. You will then be offered the speed awareness course, fixed penalty or taken to Court.
Do the Police have to stop you for you to be charged with speeding?
You must be warned of prosecution either by a police officer in person or be sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution by post.
If you have committed a motoring offence and need some advice contact our experienced road transport team at Keep Me On The Road on 0800 046 3066