As specialist road traffic lawyers based in Glasgow, we deal with a lot of enquires about speeding tickets and indeed represent clients all over the country in relation to speeding offences. What comes across loud and clear is that a lot of drivers don’t know what speeding penalties are applicable.
Although the speeding codes endorsed on your licence and the speeding penalties handed out by the court are the same in Scotland as they are in England, the options prior to court are different. Many drivers in Scotland believe that if you receive a speeding ticket that a speed awareness course can be taken to avoid penalty points due to that practice being followed in certain cases in England. However, in Scotland this practice is not followed at the moment.
Also, many drivers mistakenly believe that if you are charged with speeding, even if the speed is relatively high, that the speeding fine will automatically be £100 and that the speeding points will be restricted to 3 penalty points as is the case with a conditional offer of fixed penalty. This is not the case!
The speeding penalties in Scotland range from the imposition of between 3 and 6 penalty points to an outright disqualification from driving.
The difficulty for drivers charged with speeding is that with the range of penalty points available being fairly restricted, if you are charged with driving at a speed significantly over the speed limit there is a real risk that you could receive as many as 6 penalty points or a disqualification from driving.
Accordingly, if you are charged with a speeding offence it is important that you get specialist legal advice and representation as it could be the difference between you enjoying the benefits of your driving licence and losing your licence and possibly your job etc.
So, if you have been charged with a speeding offence that puts your driving licence at risk or if you have received a speeding ticket and simply need some free legal advice then contact us immediately on 0141 465 3333.