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My son received 2 speeding fines, at the beginning of June,

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Hi, my son received 2 speeding fines, at the beginning of June, they were within minutes of each other, and he was driving 36mph in a 30mph zone. When the letters arrived he was in Ghana volunteering at an orphanage, and didn't see them until he returned home on 6th July. They needed to be paid ASAP. He quickly read the letters and opted to go on the speed awareness course for the first, and paid the conditional offer of £100 and 3 penalty points on the other. Unfortunately in his haste, he didn't realise that he had to send in his licence. He has now received a single notice procedure. Is there anything he can do to stop this? He genuinely didn't know it had to be sent in. Can you advise him on his next step please?.

you mean to avoid the court summons?

What was the date of speeding?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
31st may

Thanks for the information

He can always write to them making representations about the public interest of this prosecution. However, it would be unrealistic of me to suggest that is likely to work.

Come what may, he couldn't be given the fixed penalty or speed awareness course because he didn't send his licence in. They are going to be out of time in November to prosecute this so they will be concerned about getting a resolution one way or another. I have never known them revert to a fixed penalty when a summons has already been issued I'm afraid.

It is mitigation that he tried to accept the fixed penalty though.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need more information.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He already paid his £100 fixed penalty, he paid ii online I think.

Yes, but he didn't send the licence in so they couldn't add points.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He went on speed awareness for his earlier speeding. Then paid his £100 for the second. He has got the single justice procedure for failing to send his licence in.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I understand that, but it was a genuine mistake, he didn't realise he had to send it in. It was all done in a rush, when he returned from abroad.

Yes, I understand.

That does not change the position.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. So he will have to plead guilty, and pay another fine?

Yes, but the £100 already paid will be either refunded or deducted from the fine.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok thank you.

No problem and all the best.

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