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Speeding Calculator

Free speeding calculator designed to give you immediate confirmation of the likely penalty for a speeding offence, subject to your circumstances and stage of case.

What will the calculator tell me?

It will calculate the anticipated outcome and set out:

  • Speeding fine / penalty points;
  • Driving ban alerts (and the type of ban i.e. instant or totting up ban);
  • Revocation alerts (if you are a New Driver);
  • If the case is referred to Court, how you can mitigate the penalty;
  • FAQs tailored to your circumstances;
  • When to seek legal advice;

Does the calculator store my personal details?

No. The calculator is a completely free, no obligation, advice service. For the vast majority of individuals, a speed awareness course or a Fixed Penalty will conclude matters and no further assistance is required. If you are outside that category, and do need any further help, then we are happy to assist, but the calculator does not request any of your personal contact details.

What are the calculations based on?

The calculations are based on Court guidelines, Police options, precedents and the results of several thousand cases that Motor Lawyers have dealt with over the last 12 years. Whilst it is for guidance only, there are options available for further assistance if required. Please bear in mind that there are regional variations and the parameters on punishments will change occasionally but, it is hoped that the information supplied should give a very accurate indication of how your case will be concluded and via what method.

What if I have more than one offence pending?

On the basis that they are not simultaneous offences, the calculator should still provide an accurate assessment. However, bear in mind that if penalty points are imposed for one matter whilst the other remains outstanding, it may well affect the punishment range on the second matter, so it makes sense to re–visit the calculator as and when the first issue is resolved.

What if two offences occurred at the same time (for example driving without due care and attention and speeding from the same incident)?

The calculator is designed to address speeding issues. If there are other offences or simultaneous matters, you should seek specific advice which you can do by contacting us direct.

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Why do you need to know how many points were on my licence at the time of the alleged incident?

When calculating the likely outcome, the number of current points is a relevant factor and will be considered by the Courts prior to assessing how to resolve your case. We can supply a more accurate assessment if we have this information.

Why do you need to know how long I have been driving?

If you have held your licence for less than 2 years at the time of the offence, you may face revocation pursuant to the New Drivers Act. This could be of critical importance in assessing the best approach /likely outcome.

At what speed do the Police offer a Speed Awareness Course?

The Police will set their own criteria for offering a speed awareness course, but it would normally be in the region of 20% above the speed limit and on the basis that you have not attended a course in the 3 years prior to the current allegation.

What speed is a Fixed Penalty normally offered?

The option to offer a Fixed Penalty is at the discretion of the Police; they have no obligation to put a conditional offer to you but as a general guide, a Fixed Penalty may be offered in the following cases:

Fixed Penalty
Speed Limit Recorded Speed (mph)
10 mph 11-24
20 mph 21-30
30 mph 31-40
40 mph 41-55
50 mph 51-65
60 mph 61-80
70 mph 71-92

What are the Court guidelines used by Magistrates?

Although Magistrates have discretion on every case, they are encouraged to follow Court guidelines which are devised and imposed by the Sentencing Council for England Wales which is an independent division of the Ministry of Justice. The Sentencing Council will regularly review and update the suggested penalties which the Magistrates will interpret and apply as they see fit based on the circumstances of your particular case. The guidelines emphasise that both aggravating and mitigating factors must be considered before any punishment is imposed.

Are the penalties for a Court case specific/set in stone?

No. Whilst there are sentencing guidelines which will set out the range for the points / fine and the options of discretionary disqualification, all decisions in the Magistrates' Court are subject to the discretion of the Magistrates dealing with the case. The Magistrates will consider and can be influenced by specific circumstances, mitigation, etc. It is hoped that with the correct approach, the penalty outlined may be reduced.

If I end up in Court, what is the fine based on?

If your case is referred to Court, the guidelines are to impose a fine based on your speed, relevant weekly income, mitigation and / or aggravating factors. The calculator will determine the fine band based on your speed, but as a general guide, the bands are:

Speeding Fine Bands (Court Guidelines)
Band A 50% of relevant weekly income*
Band B 100% of relevant weekly income*
Band C 150% of relevant weekly income*

* The maximum fine is £1,000 for non–motorway offences, and up to £2,500 for motorway offences.