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Speeding remains one of the most common causes of injuries and deaths on our roads.

We would urge members of the public to always drive to the conditions of the road and remember, the limit is not a target. Driving over the speed limit not only increases the chance of an accident but also the severity of the consequences.

Speeding penalties

Speeding penalties are categorised into three main bands and vary depending on your weekly income and how fast you’re driving at the time of the offence. The table below details more information.

Speeding sentences and points
 Speed limit (mph)    Recorded speed (mph)
 20 41mph and above 31 to 40mph  21 to 30mph
 30 51mph and above 41 to 50mph 31 to 40mph
 40 66mph and above 56 to 65mph 41 to 55mph
 50 76mph and above 66 to 75mph 51 to 65mph
 60 91mph and above 81 to 90mph 61 to 80mph
 70 101 and above 91 to 100mph 71 to 90mph 
Sentencing range Band C fine (125 to 175 percent of relevant weekly income) Band B fine (75 to 125 percent of relevant weekly income) Band A fine (25 to 75 percent of relevant weekly income)
Points and disqualifications Disqualification from driving for seven to 56 days or six points Disqualification from driving for seven to 28 days or four to six points Three points

In circumstances where an individual is excessively driving over the speed limit, the court may choose to disqualify the driver for more than the 56 day period labelled in the table above.

For a full list of motoring offence penalties, visit GOV.UK.

Safety cameras

Our Safety Camera Partnership aims to reduce injuries on our roads by targeting speeding offences.

As part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership, the group uses speed detection devices to enforce speed limits.

Safety camera signs are also used to warn drivers of areas where speed limits are enforced. These signs are intended to warn drivers of collision-prone roads. More information about safety cameras is available on our cameras, tickets and collisions page

Speed awareness course

A speed awareness course is an alternative to prosecution for minor speeding offences. 

The course aims to educate offending motorists about the consequences of speeding and to raise awareness on the importance of speed limits. The courses are managed by AA DriveTech (UK), lasts for four hours and costs £90.

Courses can be taken across the country and you do not need to return to the area where the offence was committed.

Motorists caught speeding in any low-level speed limit area that have not completed a course in the past three years are eligible for the course. Visit AA DriveTech to book a course.

Speeding course types

There are two types of courses that may be offered to those caught speeding;

  • ‘National Speed Awareness Course’ (NSAC) – handed as an alternative to prosecution to those caught speeding in all other limits
  • ‘National Motorway Awareness Course’ – may be given as an alternative to prosecution to those caught speeding on a smart motorwaywith a variable speed limit, as well as vehicles caught travelling in a red zone, such as a lane closure or misusing the hard shoulder.

All three courses are run by DriveTech and completing a course can prevent some motorists from facing prosecution. Once a course has been issued, visit DriveTech to make a booking.

Visit the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme websitefor a full list of courses. 

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