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    Wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience to myself.

    Was caught speeding over 2 weeks ago, was caught by an office using a Speed Gun who then pulled me over, took all details and send wait for letter in the post.

    So far not received anything, have tried 'Googling' but cant find any kind of definitive answer.

    is there anyone who has been in a similar situation? After how long did you receive the letter?

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    if it was a police officer and they advised you of intention to prosecute at road side than they have 6 months to launch prosecution and can take even longer till you here anything from the courts.
    drive safe

    if it's been two weeks it's either lost in the post or won't be arriving.

    Original Poster

    HamanBasher

    if it was a police officer and they advised you of intention to prosecute … if it was a police officer and they advised you of intention to prosecute at road side than they have 6 months to launch prosecution and can take even longer till you here anything from the courts.drive safe



    it was a police officer and i was given a green slip for 'Road Traffic Offence'

    h4rry07

    it was a police officer and i was given a green slip for 'Road Traffic … it was a police officer and i was given a green slip for 'Road Traffic Offence'


    they have 6 months to notify the courts, if you have not heard anything in about 8 months you may have gotten off but very rare.
    drive safe

    Original Poster

    willhay555

    if it's been two weeks it's either lost in the post or won't be arriving.



    hopefully the latter

    Depends on how busy your local forces central ticket office is. If the officer issued the Notice of Intended prosecution(NIP) at the time, either verbally or in writing, then he has complied with the laws requirement for this to be done within 14 days of the offence. I presume he will have done this. You state he has said wait for letter in the post, this letter will give you various options depending on the level of your speeding offence. It will either offer Speed awareness course, fixed penalty of £100 and 3 points or in the worse case, a summons to court. All depends on your speed and the limit you broke.

    Original Poster

    HamanBasher

    they have 6 months to notify the courts, if you have not heard anything … they have 6 months to notify the courts, if you have not heard anything in about 8 months you may have gotten off but very rare.drive safe



    that's a long time! . . Thanks for the info

    you won't have got away with it. they aren't in any hurry and will have done hundreds in the day. it's called tax collection.
    I was done outside a school in a 20moh zone on a sunny sunday afternoon when the school was shut and it was surrounded by empty playing fields.
    I have never seen a speed trap there when the school is open. They don't catch so many cars then as people follow the 20moh limit when the school is open.
    that took about six weeks to come through the post.

    I've had a few run ins and typically my letter have arrived around the 4-6weeks mark after the offence. If it's your first time you'll more than likely be offered a speed awareness course for a fixed price instead of penalty points. Bit more expensive but worth it to keep them pesky points off your licence

    willhay555

    if it's been two weeks it's either lost in the post or won't be arriving.



    This is only the case if you are not stopped at the scene and advised of the intention to prosecute. What must arrive within the 2 week window, if you are not stopped at the scene, is a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP).

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    buckham_uk

    I've had a few run ins and typically my letter have arrived around the … I've had a few run ins and typically my letter have arrived around the 4-6weeks mark after the offence. If it's your first time you'll more than likely be offered a speed awareness course for a fixed price instead of penalty points. Bit more expensive but worth it to keep them pesky points off your licence


    Ever considered driving at or below the speed LIMIT as in maximum NOT minimum?

    Speed cameras are the worst thing ever invented. Nothing to do with money its a money making scam run by the government

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the responses guys... i'll just wait and hope nothing comes through

    123batman321

    Speed cameras are the worst thing ever invented. Nothing to do with money … Speed cameras are the worst thing ever invented. Nothing to do with money its a money making scam run by the government



    Did you mean to say nothing to do with speed / law enforcement?? It's all about the money sadly.

    123batman321

    Speed cameras are the worst thing ever invented. Nothing to do with money … Speed cameras are the worst thing ever invented. Nothing to do with money its a money making scam run by the government


    Eh? And no, they're not. Stick within the speed limits and you won't have a problem? Yes, I got caught speeding a long time ago and just had to accept it. I was in the wrong, where's the argument?

    Stu

    Did you mean to say nothing to do with speed / law enforcement?? It's … Did you mean to say nothing to do with speed / law enforcement?? It's all about the money sadly.



    Yes should say nothing t do with safety my bad

    ipswich78

    Eh? And no, they're not. Stick within the speed limits and you won't have … Eh? And no, they're not. Stick within the speed limits and you won't have a problem? Yes, I got caught speeding a long time ago and just had to accept it. I was in the wrong, where's the argument?



    I can't agree I'm afraid. Society is becoming so obsessed with speed or traffic management cameras that we are now at a point where we spend a larger proportion of our time looking at the speedo or scanning the surrounding areas for cameras to ensure we're not caught. 30mph zones especially fall in to this category, 33+ and you can be prosecuted. You can easily increase from 30 to 33 on a slight downhill without really noticing.

    ipswich78

    Eh? And no, they're not. Stick within the speed limits and you won't have … Eh? And no, they're not. Stick within the speed limits and you won't have a problem? Yes, I got caught speeding a long time ago and just had to accept it. I was in the wrong, where's the argument?



    Speed limit is too low tho it should be 80 or 70 at least. 60 is too slow nowadays 80 isnt actually all that fast for modern cars with good brakes

    Stu

    I can't agree I'm afraid. Society is becoming so obsessed with speed or … I can't agree I'm afraid. Society is becoming so obsessed with speed or traffic management cameras that we are now at a point where we spend a larger proportion of our time looking at the speedo or scanning the surrounding areas for cameras to ensure we're not caught. 30mph zones especially fall in to this category, 33+ and you can be prosecuted. You can easily increase from 30 to 33 on a slight downhill without really noticing.



    Correct. The other week i forgot about the average cameras and crept up to 80 for about a mile. Had to slow downt to 35-40 on a busy road to get my average down as there was nowhere to pull over.

    You try and drive in Central London watching for speed cameras, bus lane cameras, traffic light cameras, yellow box cameras, Kamakazi cyclists, motorcyclists with a death wish, pedestrians and tourists - not to mention other road users.

    It's crazy.

    I had the same thing happen to me about 18 months ago. I thought I'd got away with it after 6 weeks had passed and received no letter, but it finally arrived in the 7th week. Got offered speed awareness as it was my first offence. Unfortunately for you, you'll almost certainly be receiving a letter

    paul91

    I had the same thing happen to me about 18 months ago. I thought I'd got … I had the same thing happen to me about 18 months ago. I thought I'd got away with it after 6 weeks had passed and received no letter, but it finally arrived in the 7th week. Got offered speed awareness as it was my first offence. Unfortunately for you, you'll almost certainly be receiving a letter


    I thought it depended on how fast above the limit, whether you got offered a course or not

    Stu

    This is only the case if you are not stopped at the scene and advised of … This is only the case if you are not stopped at the scene and advised of the intention to prosecute. What must arrive within the 2 week window, if you are not stopped at the scene, is a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP).



    ​Ah right, I didn't know that. thanks.

    Stu

    I can't agree I'm afraid. Society is becoming so obsessed with speed or … I can't agree I'm afraid. Society is becoming so obsessed with speed or traffic management cameras that we are now at a point where we spend a larger proportion of our time looking at the speedo or scanning the surrounding areas for cameras to ensure we're not caught. 30mph zones especially fall in to this category, 33+ and you can be prosecuted. You can easily increase from 30 to 33 on a slight downhill without really noticing.


    I suggest you have some refresher driving lessons if you spend a lot of time time looking at your speedometer ! oO
    Edited by: "chocci" 23rd Feb

    G0nzalez

    Ever considered driving at or below the speed LIMIT as in maximum NOT … Ever considered driving at or below the speed LIMIT as in maximum NOT minimum?



    Remember folks, the next time you're stuck behind that "one" person at the front of a mile long chain of cars doing 35mph in a 60mph zone, you've just found that person. ^^^

    ipswich78

    Eh? And no, they're not. Stick within the speed limits and you won't have … Eh? And no, they're not. Stick within the speed limits and you won't have a problem? Yes, I got caught speeding a long time ago and just had to accept it. I was in the wrong, where's the argument?



    How about the speed limit was wrong in the first place?
    I know of several places that are only 30mph (on open areas where there are no houses). Councils are obsessed with dropping speed limits but never admit they are wrong and raise them instead.
    Some dual carriageways are 40/50mph when it would be safe to go at 60mph or even 70mph.

    chocci

    I suggest you have some refresher driving lessons if you spend a lot of … I suggest you have some refresher driving lessons if you spend a lot of time time looking at your speedometer ! oO



    I don't see your logic I'm afraid.

    I've held a full licence for over 25 years, I hold a Goods Vehicle Licence and I currently drive around 18k miles PA so practice is not something I'm short on.

    Stu

    I can't agree I'm afraid. Society is becoming so obsessed with speed or … I can't agree I'm afraid. Society is becoming so obsessed with speed or traffic management cameras that we are now at a point where we spend a larger proportion of our time looking at the speedo or scanning the surrounding areas for cameras to ensure we're not caught. 30mph zones especially fall in to this category, 33+ and you can be prosecuted. You can easily increase from 30 to 33 on a slight downhill without really noticing.


    If you are unable to control your vehicle going 10% beyond the speed limit I would suggest you either get your car to a garage quicksmart or hand in your driving licence.

    123batman321

    Speed limit is too low tho it should be 80 or 70 at least. 60 is too slow … Speed limit is too low tho it should be 80 or 70 at least. 60 is too slow nowadays 80 isnt actually all that fast for modern cars with good brakes


    That's a whole different argument though. For motorway driving it's one I would probably agree with you on. However, that isn't the speed limit. You know it's 70 so stick to it or accept the consequences if you get caught. This isn't an 'I am holier than thou' post far from it. My gripe is people who get caught then moan about the cameras.

    ipswich78

    If you are unable to control your vehicle going 10% beyond the speed … If you are unable to control your vehicle going 10% beyond the speed limit I would suggest you either get your car to a garage quicksmart or hand in your driving licence.



    You miss the point, and make an even less relevant one.

    Of course I can manage to control a vehicle. The bigger picture, and my point, is that how would you know that you are for example 10% above the speed limit? Of course, you look at the speedo. Too much time worrying about a few mph here and there is the problem. I would sooner be doing 32 or 33 in a 30 and not hit a crazy cyclist on a mission, or be ready to take the necessary action should an incident occur than be overly distracted watching the speedo more often than I need to.

    Mobile camera vans especially park in areas where they know there is a chance a driver may wander over the limit, revenue generation.

    ipswich78

    Eh? And no, they're not. Stick within the speed limits and you won't have … Eh? And no, they're not. Stick within the speed limits and you won't have a problem? Yes, I got caught speeding a long time ago and just had to accept it. I was in the wrong, where's the argument?



    Sticking to the limit won't do you any good. They routinely set the equipment at +5 or +10 mph. There's almost no way to prove you didn't speed as there's almost nothing a court will accept as proof from a member of the public.
    It is purely a revenue generating operation.

    Edited by: "steve1221" 23rd Feb

    123batman321

    Speed limit is too low tho it should be 80 or 70 at least. 60 is too slow … Speed limit is too low tho it should be 80 or 70 at least. 60 is too slow nowadays 80 isnt actually all that fast for modern cars with good brakes



    sorry but british drivers are too stupid for higher speeding limits or no limits at all.
    lack of driving culture such as simple keep to the left, middle lane hogging, tailgating is one of the reasons we have said speed limits.
    look at germany, the only country with no speed limits on many autobahns, higher population and rate of death is the same as the uk. when there is 80 they go 80 when there is 130 they go 130, its rather simple

    if you cant stick to the speed limits you should not be on the road or dont blame the speed cameras/police... you can only blame yourself

    steve1221

    Sticking to the limit won't do you any good. They routinely set the … Sticking to the limit won't do you any good. They routinely set the equipment at +5 or +10 mph. There's almost no way to prove you didn't speed as there's almost nothing a court will accept as proof from a member of the public.It is purely a revenue generating operation.


    So hang on... You're saying they set it faster than the speed limit? In which case would generate less revenue... Odd argument.

    Stu

    You miss the point, and make an even less relevant one.Of course I can … You miss the point, and make an even less relevant one.Of course I can manage to control a vehicle. The bigger picture, and my point, is that how would you know that you are for example 10% above the speed limit? Of course, you look at the speedo. Too much time worrying about a few mph here and there is the problem. I would sooner be doing 32 or 33 in a 30 and not hit a crazy cyclist on a mission, or be ready to take the necessary action should an incident occur than be overly distracted watching the speedo more often than I need to.Mobile camera vans especially park in areas where they know there is a chance a driver may wander over the limit, revenue generation.


    I'm still baffled you find it that much of a struggle to keep to a reasonable speed limit. If you do, just note that's it's not compulsory to drive at the maximum speed limit. Go slightly under then if through lack of vehicle control you speed up you should still be in the limits.

    ipswich78

    So hang on... You're saying they set it faster than the speed limit? In … So hang on... You're saying they set it faster than the speed limit? In which case would generate less revenue... Odd argument.



    Bad phrasing, sorry. They set the equipment to read at +5/10, so if you're doing 37 in a 40 they do you for going at 47. Doesn't matter what your speedo says, (why do you think calibration of speedo's aren't in the mot?).

    steve1221

    Bad phrasing, sorry. They set the equipment to read at +5/10, so if … Bad phrasing, sorry. They set the equipment to read at +5/10, so if you're doing 37 in a 40 they do you for going at 47. Doesn't matter what your speedo says, (why do you think calibration of speedo's aren't in the mot?).


    Sorry but that is purely tin foil hat brigade. That just doesn't happen.

    snoopy18

    I thought it depended on how fast above the limit, whether you got … I thought it depended on how fast above the limit, whether you got offered a course or not



    It was a combination of both things - the fact it was my first offence, plus how much faster I was driving over the limit. If I were to get caught again in similar circumstances it would be a fine and points on my licence, as the speed awareness course is only offered once.
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