What happens if I get caught speeding?

Usually, if you are caught speeding by a fixed speed camera, such as a Gatso, or a roadside camera van, you won’t be stopped. Instead the Police will issue a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP)  and Request for the Name of the Driver. The Notice must be sent to either the Registered Keeper, or the driver, within 14 days.

What to Expect if Caught Speeding

Depending on the speed and their driving record, the driver may be offered:

  • A Speed Awareness Course, which does not carry penalty points; or
  • A Fixed Penalty of 3 points and £100; or
  • A Court Summons, sometimes called a Requisition or Single Justice Procedure Notice.

A Summons must be issued within 6 months of the offence.


In some cases you can plead guilty by letter, however if not, you may have to attend Court. For example, if the speed was very high, or you are at risk of disqualification because you already have too many points, you will almost certainly have to attend Court.

If you are caught by a Police Traffic Patrol a similar procedure applies, except you will usually be given an immediate verbal warning that you may be prosecuted. If this isn’t done, the Police must issue a written Notice of Intended Prosecution within 14 days.

Speed Awareness Courses and Fixed Penalties

If you are offered a Speed Awareness Course or Fixed Penalty and want to accept it, you must do so within the time limit specified. However, if you do accept a Fixed Penalty, you can’t change your mind afterwards. Equally, if you don’t accept within the time limit, you are likely to receive a Summons.

If the matter reaches Court, for speeding the penalty  is 3 to 6 penalty points, or in some cases disqualification, plus a fine. The Court cannot impose a Speed Awareness Course as an alternative to points.

If you have been caught speeding and need help, use the contact form below to receive a discreet and confidential service. We also have experience in the removal of a disqualification and may be able to help you with your particular case.

Richard Silver CTA Call us on 0808 231 3908