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How long does it take for the police to send me notification of a speeding fine?

I am often asked how long the police have to issue a summons after you are caught by a speed camera.

There are 2 times limits to take into account.

The police have 14 days after you are flashed by a speed camera to send a notice of intended prosecution to the registered keeper of the vehicle. That means that if you own the car and it is registered at your address if you have not heard anything within 14 days then there is nothing the police can do.

Once you have received the notice of intended prosecution then the Police have 6 months to apply for a summons, sometime you get the summons after the 6 month period but the police must have applied for the summons within 6 months.

Average speed cameras on all Britain’s motorways?

cars passing speed cameraAverage speed cameras could be fitted on all of Britain’s motorways if new proposals are approved by the Government.

In a recent report the governement agency predicted that if all drivers stuck to 70mph, the UK’s carbon emissions would be cut by 1.4 million tonnes.

The Sustainable Development Commission argued against traditional speed cameras saying that drivers slam on the brakes as they approach and then speed off after.  Average speed cameras encourage more smoother driving, which, it argues is more environmentally friendly.

The average speed camera devices lead to fewer accidents and speeding tickets on the roads where they are installed than normal speed cameras, a new report by the Government’s environmental advisers claims.

The government is looking to extend this beyond motorways with a new generation of cameras that can track journeys over a network of streets. This could mean speed cameras being fitted on all residential roads with a speed limit of 20 mph.

Quite how this would work in practice is unclear. The average speed cameras work by calculating the distance travelled and the time taken, arriving at an average speed. It is rare indeed to be able to drive at anything approaching the speed limit on Britains crowded urban streets.

We may not have the choice of speed soon as the report goes further, suggesting capping all cars to make it impossible to break the speed limit. Given that the courts sometimes accept special reasons for speeding such as an emergency this would be an interesting development

I think I have been flashed by a speed camera, what happens next?

“I think I have been flashed by a speed camera, what will happen” or “I think I have been flashed by a speed camera, how long do they have to write to me” are the 2 most common questions I get asked as a motoring solicitor.

The first thing I say is that just because you saw the flash does not mean for sure you will get a ticket. Some cameras simply don’t work, some don’t have film in etc. That will change when they all become digital and I wouldn’t advise taking a chance that they aren’t live!

So you have seen the speed camera flash – now what? Provided the car is registered at your home address you will hear something within 14 days. The police have just 14 days to write to you with a notice of intended prosecution. If they don’t – they are out of time and there is nothing they can do. But be aware that if the car is not registered at your address, if you have changed address or it’s a lease car all the police need do is send it to the address on the log book. If you don’t get it for a few weeks later it still counts as valid service.

If you receive the Notice of Intended prosecution you will need to send it back within 28 days. If you don’t then you are guilty of failing to furnish drivers details and that carries 6 points.

I will look at what happens after the Notice of Intended Prosecution in the next blog.

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