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Police reveal how fast drivers can go before they receive speeding fine


Police forces from across the UK have revealed how fast drivers can generally travel without picking up a fine or points on their license.

Most drivers believe they can safely drive 10 per cent and two miles per hour over the speed limit without activating a camera.

So on a 30mph road, a camera wouldn’t normally activate unless a car drove past at 35mph or faster, and on a 70mph motorway, you’d have to go 79mph before getting fined.

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However, the rules vary depending on where in the country you live according to Chronicle Live.

Car insurers Confused.com said that when 45 UK police forces were contacted, 33 responded, and of those 25 shared information about when their speed cameras activate if a driver is going above the speed limit.

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Here are the replies from 33 forces that responded
  • Avon and Somerset 10% + 2mph
  • Bedfordshire Wouldn’t reveal threshold
  • Cambridgeshire Wouldn’t reveal threshold
  • Cheshire 10% + 2mph
  • Cleveland 10% + 2mph
  • Derbyshire 10% + 2mph
  • Devon and Cornwall 10% + 2mph
  • Durham 10% + 2mph
  • Essex Don’t use a standard threshold
  • Greater Manchester Wouldn’t reveal threshold
  • Gwent 10% + 2mph
  • Hampshire 10% + 2mph
  • Hertfordshire Wouldn’t reveal threshold
  • Kent 10% + 2mph
  • Lancashire 10% + 3mph
  • Leicestershire 10% + 2mph
  • Merseyside 10% + 2mph
  • Metropolitan Police / TfL 10% + 3mph
  • Norfolk 10% + 2mph
  • North Wales 10% + 2mph
  • Northumbria 10% + 2mph
  • Nottinghamshire Wouldn’t confirm if threshold exists
  • Northern Ireland 10% + 2mph
  • Scotland Wouldn’t confirm if threshold exists
  • South Wales 10% + 2mph
  • South Yorkshire 10% + 2mph
  • Staffordshire Wouldn’t reveal threshold
  • Suffolk 10% + 2mph
  • Thames Valley 10% + 2mph
  • Warwickshire 10% + 2mph
  • West Mercia 10% + 2mph
  • West Midlands Wouldn’t reveal threshold
  • West Yorkshire 10% + 2mph

And if you are wondering why there is any tolerance at all, it’s so drivers aren’t constantly staring down at their speedometers but are keeping their eyes on the road ahead.

And don’t assume this tolerance exists where it hasn’t been confirmed or revealed.

Furthermore, these allowances are all at the discretion of the police. There are people who have been shocked to find themselves fined for going just a few miles per hour over the speed limit so police may take other factors into account too.

Depending on how much over the limit you were going, your case might be referred to a magistrates court.

If the offence is minor, you may be invited to go on a speed awareness course rather than get a fine and points.

In 2017, the rules on speeding fines changed, and they’re now based on a percentage of your weekly income, with the minimum fine being £100. This is in addition to getting points on your licence.

The Government says the current minimum fine for speeding is £100, plus three penalty points. You also risk disqualification if you amass 12 or more penalty points within three years.

Evo says the average speeding fine in 2015 was £188 with over 150,000 people caught in the UK. With fines rising by 50% the average fine could increase to £282.

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