Most cars owners in Kent and Medway will already know that there are two ways to get caught speeding. One is by a fixed camera (or average cameras); the other is by a policeman who waits by the roadside with a speed gun.
In order to be prosecuted for a speeding offence in the UK, a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) must be issued. This must take place in writing within two weeks of the date of the alleged offence. If over two weeks has past since you believe a camera may have caught you speeding, you’re pretty much in the clear.
However if you’re caught speeding by a Police officer, for example by overtaking them on the motorway in excess of 70mph, then they can issue a verbal NIP on the spot.
When the Speeding Ticket arrives:
All speeding fines will arrive with the registered keeper of the car within the mentioned two-week time frame. Accompanying the ticket will be all the required information relating to the offence. For example, the time, location, date and of course details of the alleged speed.
If you are the registered keeper of the car it is your responsibility to inform the authorities as to who was driving at the time. This is the law as stated under the Road Traffic Act. All of this information is of course detailed in the NIP that will accompany the speeding ticket.
Many car owners have been successful in getting speeding tickets overturned, by claiming they don’t know who was driving the vehicle at the time. You would have to take all the necessary steps to prove you are cooperating and trying to identify the driver. Photographic evidence from the camera will also be called into action. If this can’t prove who was driving then there’s a chance the ticket will be overturned.
However we must point out that this doesn’t always work. If you’re the owner of the car and it’s proved you’re deliberately failing to give over information regarding the offending driver, you could face a fine of up to £1,000 along with penalty points being applied to your license.
We also strongly advise against ignoring the NIP. Initially (depending on the severity of the speeding offence) the fine will be £100. However if you choose to ignore it they can increase this to a whopping £1,000. Furthermore the points applied to your license can be doubled from three to six!
If you choose to accept responsibility for the speeding ticket then you can accept the offer of a fixed penalty. Of course these are only offered if the speed wasn’t excessive therefore in need of further action. Although not definitive, a good example of receiving a fixed penalty would be doing 39mph in a 30mph zone.
Following the instructions on the back of the NIP, you the driver simply accept responsibility and in most cases pay the £100 fine and have your license endorsed with 3 penalty points.
Appealing the NIP:
If you are unhappy with the circumstances or indeed evidence surrounding the alleged offence, then you have every right to appeal the ticket. The appeal must be submitted in writing and the goods news is that it will be reviewed as a stand-alone case. All the details about where to send this appeal can be found on the reverse side of the NIP.
Please be aware that it’s your duty as the car owner and road user to know the speed limit. Ignorance isn’t a form of defense and won’t be considered in the appeal process. If you have real evidence and a genuine ground for appeal, you still need to complete the details on the NIP. Be sure to send this off with the details of the driver within 28 days. Please note this will not hinder your opportunity to dispute the ticket.
If you are caught speeding in Kent or Medway and want to appeal your ticket, our biggest piece of advice is to read our articles below. You must compile as much evidence as possible otherwise wasted trips to court could be very costly. We support car drivers in Kent and Medway so have compiled as much information as possible to assist you.