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Speed Cameras and Parking Tickets

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 17 Feb 2016 | comments*Discuss
Speed Cameras And Parking Tickets

Speed cameras and parking tickets are hated by drivers across the UK. Both offences result in fines if you are caught, although being caught speeding is obviously a more serious offence than parking on double yellow lines, and the punishment is greater in line with this. This article explains what to do if you are found guilty of either offence.

What Happens if You are Caught By a Speed Camera?

If you are caught on camera speeding, you can expect to be sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution (provided that you are the owner of the vehicle that was caught), usually within a fortnight of the offence. The owner of the vehicle is legally obliged to complete the Notice of Intended Prosecution with details on who was driving the vehicle, and to send it back within 28 days. A conditional offer of fixed penalty will then be sent to the vehicle's owner. If the conditions of this offer can't be met, a summons will be issued instead. This also applies to drivers with too many penalty points on their license, and those who were carrying an excessive amount of speed when they were caught on camera.

What is the punishment?

An offer of fixed penalty carries a fine of £60 and three penalty points. If your case goes to court though, the penalties are higher, with a £1000 fine and six penalty points. If you already have three or more penalty points, you may be disqualified (as this will take you over the maximum number of penalty points that are allowed before disqualification).Generally speaking, you won't be summoned to court if you have less than nine penalty points and were not carrying excessive speed, although an exception may be made if you were significantly over the speed limit.

What Happens if you Get a Parking Ticket?

If you receive a Penalty Charge Notice (parking ticket), you need to pay the fine within fourteen days (unless you plan to appeal). This usually means that the original fine will be halved, although the original fine stands if you take longer than fourteen days to pay.

What is the Punishment?

The fine that you will be given varies according to the parking offence committed. Fines in and around London are usually greater than fines outside of London. Outside of London, parking fines are usually around £40 (£20 if you pay within fourteen days), whereas in London, they range from £80-120 (£40-60 if paid within fourteen days). If your fine exceeds this, it's worth querying whether there is a reason for this, as opposed to it being a mistake.

How Do You Appeal a Parking Fine?

To appeal a parking fine, you need to send a letter to your council to let them know that you want to challenge it. Your letter also needs to state your reasons for doing so (for example, if you can prove that your car wasn't in the area at the time that the parking ticket was issued, or you didn't receive an actual parking ticket on your car). You should be aware that the appeal process will usually take a minimum of fourteen days, which will take you out of the time period in which it's acceptable to pay the half fine. If your appeal is unsuccessful, you will have to pay the full fine.

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows the law on driving up and down a road looking/waiting for a parking space? Example: On a road with double yellow lines, is it legal or illegal to drive along the road to find a space then, if there isn't one, carry out a safe turn in road at the end to drive back down the road again (repeating until a space becomes available). I understand a turn in road could be dangerous in some places but, on a quiet cul-de-sac, if the maneuvre is carried out safely is this allowed?
Chris H. - 17-Feb-16 @ 10:56 AM
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