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Handheld speeding camera

Handheld speeding camera

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    Speeding

    Speeding is the most common driving offence and breaking the limit could earn you a fine and three penalty points on your licence. There is a myth that you are automatically allowed an allowance of 10% plus 2mph, this is a guideline only issued to the police, each force may, or may not be lenient in this regard. If you are just over the limit, you may be offered a speed awareness course as an alternative punishment

     

    If you are exceeding the limit by over 45% then you may be required to appear in the magistrate's court, where you could face a hefty fine or a driving ban, each situation will depend on the circumstances at the time of speeding occurs and any mitigating factors. We strongly suggest you take advantage of our legal team if there are any mitigating factors (not you driving etc) or if the points imposed would cause a threat to your livelihood.

     

    Warning – The police do not want the administrational inconvenience in processing what would be an automatic fine and may threaten you with increased fines that could be imposed by magistrates if you dare question their authority, whilst the magistrates can vary the fine it can be up or down by a set percentage. If we are acting for you, we would strongly argue that you should not be punished for exercising your right to a fair hearing.

     

    Punishments for speeding

    As a general rule, you should expect the following: -

    Speed

    Points

    Fine – Equivalent to the percentage of weekly income

    Disqualification period

    10Mph over the limit

    3

    50%

    N/A

    Between 10 and 20Mph over the limit

    4 to 6

    100%

    7 – 28 Days

    Over 20Mph of the limit

    6

    150%

    7 – 56 Days

     

    You will be sent a statement of means form to fill in, the percentage is not however just based on your take-home pay, you are allowed to deduct certain expenses. If you are sentenced the magistrates will have to take into account these expenses when calculating your level of fine and repayment period.

     

    Speed Awareness Courses

    The money from these is kept by the issuing police force, not passed to the government, as such, there is an obvious reason for offering such courses as opposed to a fine (which is passed to the government). You will attend a classroom lecture on the dangers of speeding lasting two or three hours. There are normally 20 – 30 people at each course, each paying £100 for the privilege of a dressing down by a driving instructor. These may be in a local place (such as a shall in a community centre), or via Zoom.

     

    Figures from the UK Road Offender Education website show that in 2020 there were 1.27 million such fines, bringing the Police an income of around £127 Million. The cost of putting on such courses is not known but assumed to be nominal, creating a huge profit for them.

     

    The notion that these “safety” systems are there for profit, as opposed to safety must have some influence as to where the vans hide, it is not uncommon for them to: -

    • Hide in a lay by just after the speed reduces, say reducing from 40 to 30 mph, there is no “slowing down” area, you need to be doing under the limit at the sign itself.
    • Hide in a lay by just around a corner on a quiet road

     

    New laws (obviously with no disclosure to the public) mean that the police can operate at night and hide their cameras in unmarked vehicles, including hiding in anything that provides shelter (one was even noticed in a horsebox). The myth that they are parked where there are safety problems is just that, legally they can park anywhere and can use the fact that they “are supporting a nationwide enforcement campaign” as a park anywhere clause. To ensure maximum profit the vans can also be staffed by civilians / PCSOs who are cheaper than a serving officer.

     

    The LTI 20.20 speed gun.

    One of the speed guns used by the Home Office, the Mail has discovered that it is seriously flawed, recording a wall travelling at 44mph, an empty road scored 33mph, a parked car was clocked as doing 22mph and a bicycle (in reality being ridden at 5mph) rocketed along at an impossible 66mph. Imported from America, the LTI 20.20. is used in nearly 3,500 mobile speed units hidden in police vans or cars and mounted on motorbikes. We politely suggest that anyone who gets a NiP (see separate section on this website) should request details on the gun used and its calibration certificate from the police force that sent the NiP (they may well refuse to say it was home office approved – however you do have the right to request it).

     

    How we can help

    Upon starting a case your caseworker will create a briefing note for your legal team to examine the issue. To gain our assistance you need to open a case, this is done by taking advantage of our free consultation service, activated by the link at the top of the page, should you wish to start a case the caseworker will send you the suitable payment link.

     

    Please note your caseworker can only give generic advice, their role is to prepare your details for handling by our legal team and to act as your point of contact, they will also issue you with your Password and PIN, these will be needed to log onto your client dashboard. From your dashboard you will be able to manage and view every aspect of your case, upload documents, images, files etc.

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