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Abandoned_night

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SPEEDING LETTER RECEIVED - 66 in 40 smart motorway
« on: August 13, 2023, 08:40:06 pm »
Summoned to court for speeding

Please be kind, just looking for advice on what I can expect due to the speeding.

I was caught by camera doing 66 on a smart motorway 4 in the morning, whilst the speed was changed to 40. I genuinely didnít realise the speed had changed, as it went from 60 - 40 very quickly.

Iíve been driving for 13 years, not had a single offence previously no points, absolutely nothing.

Iím not going to argue the case, as fundamentally I was speeding, but I just want to know what I can expect whilst in court and how I would need to prepare as I donít know anyone whose been in this situation before.

Anyone know the banding for this? What can I expect in terms of points / fines / bans?

Iíve already submitted to state it was me driving the car, but just received the letter to state if I wish to plead guilty or not guilty.

How much does having points affect your insurance premium?

Thank you so much for any advice 🤞🏻

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Re: SPEEDING LETTER RECEIVED - 66 in 40 smart motorway
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2023, 10:24:50 pm »
I doubt you've been summoned to court. I expect you have a "Single Justice Procedure Notice." If so, you won't need to actually attend court unless you particularly want to. Your case will be heard by a single Magistrate, sitting with a legal advisor in an office - a hearing which nobody else can attend.

The guideline penalty for that speed is either a ban of between 7 and 56 days or 6 points. The overwhelming likelihood is six points but if the single Justice believes a ban should be considered your case will be put over for a hearing in the normal court and you will be invited to attend. You will also face a fine of a week's net income (which includes a one third reduction for your guilty plea), a "victim surcharge" of 40% of the fine and prosecution costs of about £90.

The effect a speeding conviction has on a premium is variable and you will have to enquire what it might be in your particular case.

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Re: SPEEDING LETTER RECEIVED - 66 in 40 smart motorway
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2023, 09:02:40 am »
I was caught by camera doing 66 on a smart motorway 4 in the morning, whilst the speed was changed to 40. I genuinely didnít realise the speed had changed, as it went from 60 - 40 very quickly.
When the limit is lowered it's not enforceable for 10 seconds (plenty of time to slow from 60 to 40) and most forces actually set the camera to only enforce after a minute anyway.  In addition you were caught exceeding the 60 by 10% (and probably at least 68 on the speedo).  That argument is really going to have any legs.
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