Appeal a Speeding Fine – How Not to Do It
Receiving a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) in the post can come as a shock, especially if you had no idea that you had been caught speeding. It could be the case that the speeding ticket was issued in error; perhaps you were not driving at the time or the police used the wrong registration details. If this is the case it is worth considering an appeal against the fine. Although the majority of speeding fine appeals are successful, there are several pitfalls to watch out for which could make the difference between winning the appeal against a speeding fine and losing it.
Any speeding fine appeals must be made within 28 days of the date on the speeding ticket. If you try and appeal after this date, it is likely that your appeal will be denied outright and you will have to pay the fine. Claiming ignorance is also not likely to help your case; as a driver it is your responsibility to know the speed limits of the roads on which you are travelling. If you think that the speed limit was not clearly signposted, that is another matter and in this case you will need evidence which proves your point.
Perhaps the most complex point to argue in a speeding ticket appeal is that of who was driving at the time the speeding fine was issued. With speed cameras there is photographic evidence but this is usually quite unhelpful when trying to identify a driver. Pretending not to know who the driver was at the time the fine was issued is not a good idea as you could end up with a £1,000 fine and up to six penalty points on your licence. Ultimately, the best way to appeal a speeding ticket is to do so truthfully; give all the information as accurately as possible and, if you have been issued a speeding fine unfairly, you could stand a good chance of winning the appeal.