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There are no accepted reasons for speeding. Exceeding the speed limit is an offence. Therefore correspondence (e.g. letters, emails and phone calls) providing the following are not accepted as reasons for speeding:
  • I did not know the road
  • I did not see the speed limit sign
  • I did not see the camera van/operator
  • I was late/rushing to an appointment
  • The road was clear
  • It was late at night/early in the morning
  • I have a clean driving licence
  • I was distracted
  • It is my first offence
  • The car behind me forced me to speed
  • The camera may be faulty
  • The camera operator was at fault
  • I did not see the camera sign

It is the responsibility of the registered keeper to provide sufficient details of the driver at the time of the alleged offence. If you are not the current keeper you must provide any information which may lead to the identification of the driver. It is also the registered keepers responsibility to inform the DVLA if a vehicle is sold and provide the details of the new owner.

Please be advised, simply saying you do not know who was driving is not sufficient and will result in your prosecution at court. Please also note it is the owners responsibility to make sure anyone they do allow to drive their vehicle is licenced and insured to do so.

Under the requirements of Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, you are required to respond and provide the requested information within 28 days. If you fail to comply with this requirement, you shall be guilty of an offence of failing to supply information. On conviction this offence carries a maximum fine of £1,000 and six penalty points.

In all cases a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) will have been issued to the registered keeper of the vehicle within 14 days from the date of the alleged offence.

If you are not the registered keeper e.g. drive a company car, hire or lease vehicle, were driving a friend of family members vehicle or you have recently acquired the vehicle, it may have taken longer for us to contact you due to the nomination process. This is legally acceptable and does not provide you with an excuse.

All speed cameras used within Derbyshire are Home Office type approved. They are fully calibrated and checked in accordance with the manufacturer's operating guidelines.

All calibration certificates are shown on the website. There is no automatic right to have photographic evidence until you have complied with section 172 of the road traffic act 1988. If you elect to go to court you will be supplied with images as part of the disclosure pack.

However, please be aware photographs evidence the offence occurring and will not necessarily identify the driver at the time. This is the registered keepers legal responsibility and a failure to identify the driver may result in a maximum fine of £1,000 and six penalty points.

The absence of speed limit signs where a road has a system of street lighting indicates the road is restricted to 30mph. Other limits require repeater signs. You may wish to examine the Highway Code for further information.

If you have received a conditional offer, then the option of a speed awareness course is not applicable. A course is not applicable if the driver is either ineligible to attend or the speed of the alleged offence exceeds the course thresholds.

There is no right of appeal. There are two options, payment of the fixed penalty fine and three penalty points on your licence, or elect to have the matter heard at court.