The Facts

Drive too fast and you put yourself and others at risk. Simple as that.

Speed is among the most common causes of road accidents. And you don’t have to be breaking the speed limit to kill someone.

Going too fast, either in a built-up area or a country road, can have lethal consequences for you, your passengers and other road users. The police use a variety of methods for detecting speeding vehicles. Better to just slow down.

The Risks

Speeding carries a number of penalties that can have a lasting impact.

  • The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine.
  • You’ll also have 3 penalty points added to your licence.
  • You could lose your licence if you build up 12 or more penalty points over a 3-year period.
  • If within 2 years of passing your test you build up six or more penalty points, then your licence will be withdrawn. You’ll then have to reapply for a provisional licence and sit your test again.

Know the Law

There is more information related to speeding fines and penalties.


Related resources


16 November 2012

Managing Speed on the Trunk Road Network

This is a PDF of a PowerPoint presentation looking at Managing Speed on the Trunk Road Network.


16 November 2012

Speed: A European Problem

This resource looks at the problem of speeding in Europe.


16 November 2012

Changing Speed Limits: Implications for road safety

This resource is a presentation looking at speeding.