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Thank you for your prompt reply. I assume the best option open to me now is to complete the S172 notice and identify the driver and accept the £100 fine and 3 points. I suppose there would be nothing gained by explaining that I saw the van but did not slow down, because I genuinely believed the limit to be 50 mph, rather than 40. I was doing 49 mph when clocked and will not be eligible for a speed awareness course. I currently have a clean licence.
The road is a long dual carriageway with changing limits of 30, 40, 50 and 60 mph. I completely forgot where I was on the road. I thought it was 50 mph, so I didn't even brake when I saw the mobile van. It was inadvertence on my part. Clearly not concentrating properly.
Thank you very much for your advice. I think if I took this to court, I would lose. The road signs are adequate and they are accustomed to dealing with these kinds of excuses. I was simply looking for a way to negate the offence, so that I wouldn't get points on my licence. I've been driving for 30 years with a clean licence! I will pay the fine and accept the points.
Thank you again.
For Jo C.
I hope I can ask a follow up question in relation to the above. I replied admitting the offence. I rang them and then sent the reply by recorded delivery. I was told I would hear something quickly and within 2 - 3 weeks. I had no further correspondence until this morning, when I received a Single Justice Procedure Notice inviting me to enter a plea! This comes just 5 days before the offence is 6 months old. Can I complete a statutory declaration to say that I have had no further correspondence or offer of a fixed penalty? Can they realistically send nothing for several months then send a court notice, with only 5 days to go?
What would your advice be?
Yes, it was a speeding offence.
For Jo C,
Yes, it was a mobile camera van, so I must have been.
I completed the form with my details and sent it back, and I have heard nothing until today.