EVER get flashed by a speed camera and wonder if it was a false alarm or if you will be fined?
Drivers are being warned, there’s only one way to be sure.
Not all speed cameras are flashing and – contrary to an old urban legend – most are not just empty boxes.
Here’s what you need to know about being hit by speed cameras in the UK.
How can I know a speed camera has caught me?
In fact, there’s only one way to know if you’ve been caught speeding by a roadside camera.
And it’s a good form of notification through your door.
Jack Cousens, head of road policy at AA, told The Sun: “The only way drivers can be sure they’ve been caught speeding is when a ticket goes through the mailbox.”
An old myth is that a large number of speed cameras don’t have film and so it doesn’t really work, but in the digital age this is certainly not the case.
“Speed cameras are digital so no longer use film, and not all of them flash when a speeding vehicle passes it,” Cousens said.
“So sometimes there’s no immediate indication that someone has been arrested.”
Within two weeks – and usually after about five business days – you will receive the fine through your door.
Can I claim a speeding ticket?
Yes, you can appeal a Notice of Intended Indictment (NIP) letter.
The most common ground for a successful appeal is the so-called two-week rule – which stipulates that if the ticket does not arrive within 14 days of the alleged violation, the fine will be refunded.
However, it’s harder than you think – you have to answer the ticket with a “not guilty” plea and argue your case in court.
At that point, police must not be able to present a ticket that would have reached the registered owner of the vehicle under normal circumstances within 14 days.
Other grounds for appeal include missing details on the NIP, incorrect or obscured speed limit signs along the road, or if you can prove you’re not behind the wheel.
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How much will I be fined if I am caught speeding?
Speeding fines in the UK have increased in recent years – and have cost rich celebrities like Ant McPartlin up to £86,000 in the case of drunk driving also plays a role.
The exact amount you can get fined for speeding depends on the speed limit and how much you’ve been driving.
It’s usually a percentage of your weekly income, up to a maximum of £1,000 – or £2,500 if you’re driving on the motorway.
We have compiled all the different levels of speeding fines if you need a full breakdown.
You may also be disqualified from driving or have your license suspended.
Additionally, you may be penalized if you accept the penalty notice but then fail to pay it within 28 days.
In that case, the fine is registered with the court and automatically increased by 50%.
The court will then enforce the sentence – and possibly even issue an arrest warrant for you if you don’t respond.
So instead of sweating over whether the speed camera will catch you, you should definitely keep a light touch on the accelerator.
Cousens adds: “The best way to avoid speeding is to control your speed and right foot accordingly.
“However, if you have received a fine, do not delay in responding to the letter regardless of whether you intend to accept or appeal the ticket.”
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