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Speeding on the roads
We all as drivers need to be aware of the national speed limit, which is 60 miles per hour on all roads apart from motorways and dual carriageways, where it is 70. The national speed limit applies unless signs say otherwise. So in a built-up area, signs will say that the speed limit is 30 or even 20. The most common reason for getting on the wrong side of the law is exceeding the speed limit.
With the proliferation of speed cameras around the UK, getting away with speeding is much harder than it used to be. You won’t get off because you didn’t know you were in a 30-mile-per-hour limit when you were stopped driving at 40 miles per hour. All the court is concerned with is that the speed limit was 30 mph, and you were driving at 40 mph.
You can be charged with exceeding the speed limit shown on speed signs and temporary speeds signs at road works, for example; for exceeding the speed limit for the type of vehicle; or for exceeding the statutory speed limit for the road – for example 70 on a motorway.
If you’re found guilty, your licence is endorsed with three to six penalty points, and you may be disqualified and fined.
The DVLA sends the person who is the registered keeper of the vehicle details of the offence and asks who was driving at the time. If you’re the registered keeper and the driver was someone else, but you don’t shop the driver to the DVLA, you’ll face the penalty, and the points will go on your licence. The DVLA keeps tabs on how many points you have on your licence.
Disputing a speeding charge is difficult. It’s almost impossible to prove that you weren’t driving over the speed limit, especially if the police have camera evidence to prove it. In recent cases, however, a few people have been able to prove that temporary speed restrictions signs weren’t erected properly or were missing completely and have had fines returned and points removed – but these cases are rare.