Road Traffic Offences

Driving Offences

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Driving in Excess of Speed

The most common reason for which drivers are stopped is driving at a speed that is in excess of the national speed limit. The prosecuting authorities often clamp down on those who drive at an excessive speed as this is what leads to most accidents in the United Kingdom. It is for the prosecution to prove that the offence has been committed and understandably this is the simplest offence that can be proven against a driver as most drivers accept that they have committed the offence.

What are the consequences for speeding?

Consequences for the driver can range from being placed on a speed awareness course to three points and a £100 fine and even up to and including a lengthy disqualification from driving. The fine you receive is dependent on what the speed limit was and how much over you were exceeding the limit. The fine is normally a percentage of your weekly income, up to a maximum of £1,000, if you were driving on a motorway the maximum is £2,500.

Drivers need to be very wary that gathering twelve penalty points or more within a three-year period would lead to a driving ban and or license suspension. The points do not have to be accumulated solely from speeding offences, but rather from any other offence that has resulted in penalty points. If you have accumulated 12 points or more within a three-year period, you are most likely facing a driving ban.

It is for this reason that expert advice is necessary in order to avoid a disqualification. Advocates are generally able to plea exceptional hardship on behalf of the driver. What this means is that a driver would face exceptional hardship (difficulty) if they were banned from driving. If the Magistrates accepts such an argument, then they may still allow the driver to drive despite having twelve points or more.

How can we help you?

 We can represent you at court and at the police station. The Courts have to be persuaded to exercise their discretionary powers in deciding whether or not the driver would face exceptional hardship. After listening to an exceptional hardship argument, the Magistrates may instead decide to disqualify you for a much shorter period than normal. In these circumstances, it is fundamental that professional legal advice is obtained as soon as practicably possible after being stopped by the Police.

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