There’s a common notion about driving that you’re allowed to go 10% without trouble, but motorists shouldn’t rely on these old wives’ tales.
Speeding is a serious offence, and you can still be fined, no matter what speed you were speeding.
Research done by Auto Express found that many police forces were tolerant of fixed cameras and “blinking” average speeds.
The amount of tolerance varies between 10% plus 2mph and 10% plus 3mph.
The reason why this level of error is introduced is that the driver is keeping an eye on the road instead of constantly observing their speedometer.
In doing research, Auto Express has found that some forces will not disclose information about whether they have any leniency, arguing that this information could encourage tank drivers speed.
Drivers need to be aware that not all road speed cameras have a flash.
Gatso, special yellow speed camera, which will flash when it catches the driver speeding.
Medium speed camera work by tracking your speed at two or more different points.
These types of cameras do not have a flash.
However, just because there may be a threshold, doesn’t mean motorists should push the speed limit.
Even speeding 1mph is against the law and you can still be fined.
A spokesman for the National Council of Chiefs of Police told The Sun: “The so-called ‘buffer zone’ of speeding is a guideline, not a law. Officers have the right to act according to the situation.
“There may be instances where someone is speeding a few miles, such as outside a school, and an officer may reasonably decide to stop them.
“Speed limits are limits, not goals, and we encourage all motorists to respect and abide by them. The best advice is not to speed, stop.”
What is the penalty for speeding?
The minimum penalty Drivers can be fined £100 and have 3 points on their license.
You may be offered a speed awareness course instead of the points on your license, but you will have to pay for it.
If you are caught speeding, you will receive a Notice of Intended Indictment (NIP) and a Section 172 Notice.
You must return the Section 172 notice within 28 days, telling the police who was driving the vehicle.
From there, you will be sent a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) or a letter asking you to go to court.
If you are summoned to court, you may have to pay a larger fine.
The fine is usually a percentage of your weekly earnings, up to an amount of £1,000.
The amount increases to 32,500 if the speeding violation occurs on the highway.
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Also, check that your postal code is in speed hotspot.
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