Penalty Points for Speeding

What happens if I get penalty points for speeding?

If you receive penalty points for speeding, you would end up with 3 points on your licence, in addition to a £100 fine. If you build up 12 or more penalty points within a 3 year period, then you could lose your licence. You would have to re-apply for a provisional licence and take a driving test before getting a full licence again.

The New Drivers Act

If you are a new driver however, the maximum penalty points allowed is only 6. So get caught speeding twice within your first 2 years and you will go back to being a learner driver. This means that you will have to pass both your theory test, and your practical driving test again.

If you already have 6 or more points on your provisional licence before you pass your test however, you will not automatically lose your licence. But earn just one more point in your first 2 years and the New Drivers Act will take your licence from you.
penalty points for speeding

Speed Cameras

If a traffic camera catches you speeding, then within 14 days you will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution, in addition to a Section 172 notice. The 172 notice requires you to tell the police who was driving at the time the offence occurred. You will have 28 days to respond. You may also go to court if you fail to provide the required information.

Once you send in the 172, you will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) showing how much you will have to pay. Or you may receive a court summons.

Getting Stopped by the Police

The police have the power to:

  • issue a fixed penalty notice
  • order you to go to court
  • or in some circumstances to give you a verbal warning

Speed Awareness Course

Instead of receiving an endorsement on your licence, you may have the opportunity to attend a speed awareness course. This depends on whether the police consider it appropriate; and also that you have not attended another course within the last 3 years.

Pleading Not Guilty

If you wish to contest the FPN, you will have to go to court. However, if the court finds you guilty, they can increase the number of penalty points for speeding. The court could also fine you up to £1000 (£2000 for a motorway offence). In addition to this, you could actually lose your licence.


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