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Type your legal question here I have impending 3 points for speeding on the Isle of Grain which will give me 9 points in 3 years and have until the weekend to accept the conditional deal. However I had another one last week even though I knew about the cameras, I was just over by 1 mph on both occassions. I need my transport as o cover 30000+ miles to fulfill contract work in the SE by ttravelling from Notts, driving 20 + hours a week and passing through many speed cameras. I uncovered a major fraud in May and have been heavily involved in preparing and tracing goods prior to passing to police. I have been followed and the police are aware and I have a response tel no in the event of an incident, as such I have been really cautious as to who and why - the number of Companies and people is wide and is quiet involved. I therefore sometimes drive close to the limit and ahve been driving regulary in the area for 3 years without incident with the av speed cameras. Whilst I have not examined any evidence or local signs is there any chance of arguing mitigating circumstances to avoid the points in lieu of an increased fine etc?
The first 3 points were 2.5 years ago and I was stopped by a single officer no camera and his note only of speed reduction from 60 to 30 zone for not slowing down quick enough and I accepted an SP30 after visiting the police station - I paid the fine and had 3 points on license, but do these count towards the topping up system?
09/06/12 SP30 from officer
21/12/12 SP30 camera cond offer accepted, 30/07/14 Isle of Grain av speed camera cond offer of 3 points by end of this month, 17/09/14 last week, overtaking slow vehicle prior to camera in Humberside - momentary speed excess to 69 mph on open 60mph limit.
Its bad news I am afraid.
If you accept you were doing the speed then sadly you are guilty. You can't mitigate and get no points for a higher fine.
Its only a defence for example if you were in fear of your life
But clearly in this case you accept you were doing over the limit
Your work sadly does not have any bearing in terms of defence, it goes to mitigation, but the Court has to give you 3 points, it is not discretionary
Then you will be a totter as have 12 months where they have to ban you for 6 months UNLESS you can show exceptional hardship.
That is hardship which is exceptional (and it has to be just that) for you or others around you because of loss of a car
So if for example you would be sacked, lose the house and wife and kids on the street then that could be considered exceptional
But you would need to be represented to advance that argument.
If the Court accepts that, it can reduce the ban or not give you one. But that means you have 12 live points on the licence.
If you get another ticket in the next 3 years then you can kiss goodbye to the licence.
If you are banned then your points get reset to 0
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
So the first 3 points where there's no camera would stand in the totting up?