As you drive along Britain’s roads, you would be forgiven for thinking that the age of Big Brother is upon us. Allow your speed to creep up and there is a good chance that a speed camera will be waiting to catch you in the act. Add to the speed cameras the mobile police patrol units and you may feel that they are out to get you.
Speed cameras are now a fact of life and will play a steadily greater role in the policing of our roads as time goes by. A safety measure or a trap to catch the already hard done by motorist - whether you support or loath the cameras, they are surely here to stay so what are the implications if you are unfortunate enough to be snapped by a speed camera or pulled over by a police officer with a radar gun?
Think You’ve Been Caught By A Camera?
If you have triggered a camera, a notice of intended prosecution (NIP) will be sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle within 14 days.
Received A Notice Of Intended Prosecution?
You must complete and return the driver information form. Normally you will be offered a fixed penalty, which if you accept, will mean penalty points upon your licence and a fixed financial penalty. If you do not accept the fixed penalty your case will be referred to the Magistrates’ Court. Remember, you are obliged to inform your car insurance company if penalty points are endorsed on your licence.
Generally, if you were driving significantly above the limit or your latest speeding offence will result in the imposition of penalty points that would take you up to or over a total of twelve penalty points, your case will be referred to the Magistrates’ Court.