Advice on speeding offences
Universal Motoring Lawyers’ lead Barrister Warren Bergson has vast experience in handling speeding offence cases.
There are a number of different offences of exceeding the speed limit:
- Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits SP10
- Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle SP20
- Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road SP30
- Exceeding passenger vehicle limit SP40
- Exceeding speed limit on the motorway SP50
The Dreaded Speed Camera
With thousands of speed cameras and other detection devices at the roadside and peeping out of the back of vans, it is almost impossible to avoid a speeding ticket at some point in your driving career. If you get a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) with a section 172 notice or if you are stopped by the police for speeding you should get expert legal advice straight away. Universal Motoring Lawyers has enormous experience defending drivers and a great track record in contesting speeding charges.
The process usually starts off with a camera taking a photograph of a speeding offence. However, there are still many cases of the good old-fashioned police chase. Your speed can be checked by in-car police devices such as VASCAR or even the humble speedometer. However, it is important to realise that an allegation of speeding is just that – an allegation. It does not automatically mean you will be found guilty.
Universal Motoring Lawyers will scrutinise the photographs, check the equipment was calibrated and even investigate the roadside signage or temporary traffic orders. If the NIP is not sent within 14 days you may have a defence to a charge of speeding even if you were exceeding the speed limit. A court summons must be issued within 6 months to be valid. Our motoring offence Barristers will check whether there are any deficiencies or mistakes in the prosecution case which can be used to get you found not guilty.
Saving Penalty Points
A Speed Awareness Course can be offered when the detected speed is only marginally over the limit. This keeps the case out of court and there are no penalty points on your licence.
Cases have been won in court by showing that a temporary speed limit was not even in force or the correct signage was not displayed.
Devices such as Laser Guns must be calibrated and a calibration certificate must be produced in court. All hand-held speed detection devices must also be tested daily in accordance with official police guidance to ensure that they are working properly. There are detailed rules which police officers must observe to ensure that they get an accurate reading and that the reading is actually for the car in question. Machines can be faulty and police officers can make mistakes. With his vast experience, Warren Bergson will find a loophole if there is one.
It is possible to be found guilty of speeding and still escape penalty points or even a disqualification. This can happen in very limited circumstances, known as “Special Reasons.” A good example of this is where there is a genuine medical emergency. Universal Motoring Lawyers and expert motor offence Barrister Warren Bergson have great experience in proving to the court that Special Reasons really do exist.
Speeding Offence Penalty
Penalty points (3-6) or disqualification, plus fine, prosecution costs and Victim Surcharge.