How Long Does A Speeding Ticket Take To Come?

Whether you were flashed by a fixed camera or you drove by a mobile speed camera too quickly, you may be wondering how long it takes for a speeding ticket to come through. Within this article, we discuss everything you need to know regarding speeding tickets.

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Although you try your best to abide by the speed limits, there may be times when you mistakenly speed (i.e. in an area you aren’t familiar with). However, if you’ve sped past a speed camera, you’ll have the worrying wait for a speeding ticket to arrive at your doorstep. Depending upon how fast you were going will determine whether you’ll receive a speeding awareness course, points or even a court summons along with your fine.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Speeding Ticket?

In the UK, if a driver is caught by a traditional speed camera, it can take up to 14 days for the ticket to be processed and sent out. This is because the camera needs to be checked and the evidence needs to be reviewed before a ticket can be issued. However, if a driver is caught by a mobile speed camera, the process is much quicker.

This is because mobile cameras are operated by police officers and they can issue the ticket on the spot. In this case, it can take as little as a few days for the ticket to be processed and sent out.

The 14-Day Speeding Ticket Rule

The Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) must be dated within 14 days of the alleged offence. If it is dated outside of this time frame, it may be considered invalid.

However, it’s important to note that while the NIP must be dated within 14 days of the offence, it may arrive after that 14-day period as long as it was sent out within the specified timeframe. It’s also important to note that the 14 days doesn’t include the day of the speeding offence.

How To Check If You Got Flashed By A Speed Camera?

The only definitive way to confirm if you’ve been flashed by a speed camera is to receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) via the post. While you may suspect that you have been caught by a speed camera, if you don’t receive any notification within 14 days, it’s likely that you have not been caught.

Do All Speed Cameras Flash?

A visual cue that you may have been caught by a speed camera is the presence of a flash while driving.

However, it’s important to note that not all speed cameras utilize this method because some rely on infrared technology to capture images in varying lighting conditions. Additionally, average speed cameras don’t record speed with a single flash but instead monitor speed over a specific stretch of road.

It’s also important to note that the presence of a flash doesn’t necessarily indicate that you have been caught by a speed camera because it could have been another driver or another source entirely.

Speed Awareness Course, Points or Court Summons

As mentioned above, depending upon how fast you were driving will determine the fine. However, as well as the fine, you’ll also receive points on your license, an offer of a speed awareness course or a court summons.

A speed awareness course may be offered as an alternative to receiving points on your driving license if certain criteria are met. The criteria for being offered the course can include:

  • You haven’t attended a speed awareness course in the last three years
  • The speed at which you were caught does not exceed the maximum speed limit for the type of road and vehicle you were driving.
  • The course is offered by the police force in the area where the offence occurred.

It’s important to note that not all police forces offer speed awareness courses and the criteria may vary. However, if a speed awareness course is offered and you choose to attend, the cost of the course must be covered by you.

With regards to points on your license or a court summons, it depends upon how fast you were going. In general, if you were going up to 10 MPH faster than the limit, you’ll be given 3 points whereas 10 to 20 MPH faster will result in 4 to 6 points. If you were travelling 20 MPH or faster, you’ll get 6 points or a court summons for excess speed.

For further information, read our guide on how many points you get for speeding.

Conclusion

The 14-day wait for a speeding ticket to come through can seem a lot longer than it really is.

However, if the 14 days have passed and the speeding ticket hasn’t come, you can count yourself lucky because it’s likely that you weren’t caught speeding. For further information with regards to how long a speeding ticket takes to come through, get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

It’s important to note that the information provided is correct at the time it was last updated.

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