Speeding Offence Solicitor (MR39 Conviction)

If you have been charged with speeding and want to contest the charge, you’ll need an experienced Speeding Offence Solicitor on your side.

Whether you are looking to defend the case entirely or pleading guilty with a view to securing the lowest possible points or wanting to avoid a disqualification, we can help.

Thousands of speeding cases come before the courts every year.  Brian Koffman & Co. has a 96% positive result rate.

Our expert Speeding Offence Solicitors provide the highest calibre of privately funded road traffic law defence expertise in the UK.  Call us now using the number at the top of this page, or use the enquiry from and we will get back to you at a convenient time for you. 

What is speeding?

Speeding is driving in excess of the permitted speed limit.  It is the most common driving offence on UK roads, making up over 80% of all the recorded motoring offences per year totalling over two million speed limit offences annually.

The National Speed Limits are as follows:

  • Built-Up Areas:

30 mph (20 mph in some cases)

  • Single Carriageways:

60 mph

  • Dual Carriageways and Motorways:

70 mph

The above limits are subject to temporary changes for which there must be proper signage and lawful authority.

Driving above the speed limit is an offence for which you may be prosecuted. However, they are some tolerance levels that police forces are encouraged to use before taking formal action.  In general, you will not be prosecuted if your speed is lower than 10% of the speed limit plus 2 miles per hour.  As an example, if you are below 35mph in a 30mph zone (10% + 2mph), then it is unlikely that you would be prosecuted.

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR SPEEDING?

The penalties for a speeding offence range from a £100 fine and the endorsement of 3 penalty points for offences dealt with by a Fixed Penalty Notice, to a maximum of £2,500 and 6 penalty points or disqualification from driving, for offences prosecuted before a magistrates’ court.

The Magistrates’ Courts have guidelines for speeding penalties as follows:

Band A Fines

3 penalty points.

Speeding offences will fall into the Band A range of fines if the recorded speed is within the following ranges.

  • 20mph zone:  21-30mph
  • 30mph zone:  31-40mph
  • 40mph zone:  41-55mph
  • 50mph zone:  51-65mph
  • 60mph zone:  61-80mph
  • 70mph zone:  71-90mph


Band B Fines

4 – 6 points or disqualification for between 7 and 28 days.

Speeding offences will fall into the Band B range of fines if the recorded speed is within the following ranges.

  • 20mph zone:  31-40mph
  • 30mph zone:  41-50mph
  • 40mph zone:  56-65mph
  • 50mph zone:  66-75mph
  • 60mph zone:  81-90mph
  • 70mph zone:  91-100mph


Band C Fines

Disqualification for between 7 and 56 days or 6 penalty points.

Speeding offences will fall into the Band C range of fines if the recorded speed is within the following ranges.

  • 20mph zone:  41-50mph
  • 30mph zone:  51-60mph
  • 40mph zone:  66-75mph
  • 50mph zone:  76-85mph
  • 60mph zone:  91-100mph
  • 70mph zone:  101-110mph


If you are pleading guilty, we can help you persuade the court to either keep the number of points to a minimum or to avoid a disqualification where you are at risk of having one imposed.

In a number of cases where the prosecution rely upon the observations of a police officer, we have been able to persuade the police to accept that the speeding offence was committed at a lower speed than that alleged and as a result our clients have avoided a disqualification or had a reduced number of penalty points so that they avoid a disqualification under the totting-up provisions.

TOTTING UP

If you are convicted of a speeding offence and already have points on your licence, you could be at risk of being disqualified if you have accumulated 12 or more points in total.  This could lead to disqualification from driving any vehicle for at least six months under the totting-up provisions.

We have won many cases in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Courts arguing exceptional hardship, as a result of which our clients either had their disqualification reduced or avoided disqualification altogether.

Please click on Exceptional Hardship for more information.

WHAT ARE THE DEFENCES TO A SPEEDING CHARGE?

The basis of any speeding defence is casting reasonable doubt that an offence has been committed.  Depending on the specific circumstances of the case, there are a number of ways in which this might be achieved.  

Legitimate defences to speeding charges include: 

  • Speed limit not identifiable due to inadequate or non-existent signage.
  • Failure to serve the notice of intended prosecution within the 14 day time limit.
  • The device has produced an incorrect reading
  • The device has been wrongly operated by the police officer
  • You were not the driver
  • The police cannot prove that the alleged speed limit was in force
  • It was not your vehicle which was speeding


Only an expert Speeding Offence Solicitor will be able to determine whether, based on the facts of your case, you may have a defence to argue. Get in touch today for more information.

Special Reasons

In some cases, there may be special reasons not to endorse a licence.  This may include offences being committed in an emergency, where there was a defect with the vehicle or where the offence was committed due to some distraction beyond the driver’s control.

If the magistrate is satisfied that there were ‘special reasons’ for driving at excessive speed they may decide not to endorse penalty points for the offence.

Get the best representation 

It is important to get specialist legal advice as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of success in a speeding case.  We can provide expert advice, assistance and representation. 

Motoring Offence Solicitors offer the very best privately funded legal representation to clients accused of driving offences in Manchester and across the UK.  Call our team today on 0161 832 3852 or complete the enquiry form on the right-hand side of this page.