People are often curious about speed limit thresholds if worrying about a possible fine.
Speeding is the most common motoring offense with 74 per cent of driving crimes due to surpassing the limits, according to the latest government data.
The answer to whether you have been caught or not tends to differ depending on the area you have been driving through.
Following a Freedom of Information request made by Riverdale Leasing, there is finally some clear guidance – reports Plymouth Live.
The request was issued to all 43 UK police constabularies, asking how fast a driver must be going to activate a camera.
Out of the 21 responses it received, 57 per cent of police forces advised the threshold for speed cameras is 10 per cent plus 2MPH.
This means that if you are driving in a 30MPH zone, you would activate a speed camera if you were driving 35MPH or more.
Or, if you were speeding in a 40MPH zone, you would meet the threshold at 46MPH.
However, Scottish police forces would not confirm whether this is the formula used for all types of cameras.
More than half of UK drivers are breaking the speed limit at any given time
The government research also reveals that over half of British drivers 55 per cent speed at any given time, on average.
Drivers are most likely to break the law in 20MPH zones, with a huge nine in 10 drivers found speeding on these roads. This may be because 20MPH roads are often quieter, or drivers haven’t realized that the lower limit is in effect.
However, the 20MPH limit is usually in place for school zones where children are crossing, making it extremely dangerous if you choose to speed.
Roads with a 30MPH limit also have more speeders; the government statistics show that 3 in 5 drivers (62 per cent) break the limit in these zones.
1 in 5 drivers break the ‘two-second rule’
The research found that 1 in 5 (19 per cent) cars travel with less than two seconds between them and the vehicle in front, which is against the DVLA’s advice.
Sunday is the most popular day for speed
It appears that many illegal drivers try to take advantage of quieter roads and rack up more speeding points and ends at the weekend.
Government research reveals that Sunday is the most popular day for speeding, with an average of 56% of car drivers exceeding the limit on any given road.
Top five most-asked speeding questions answered
Google search data has revealed the most-asked speeding questions, with answers from Riverdale Leasing’s resident motoring expert Bud Johnston, Group Marketing Director at Rivervale.
1. How many points do I get for speed?
“If you’re caught speeding, you’ll receive three points on your driving license, at the very least. This can go up to six points, depending on the severity of the offense. The only way to avoid receiving points is if you ‘re offered a speed awareness course.’
2. How much is a speed fine?
“A speeding fine will set you back a minimum of £100, although this can go up to £2,500 if you take the matter to court and are found guilty.”
3. How much is a fine speed for doing 40 in a 30?
“You’ll receive at least a £100 fine for doing 40 in a 30 mph zone, however, it could be more depending on the police authority. It can be down to their discretion.”
4. How long does it take to get a speeding ticket?
“A speeding ticket, which includes a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and a Section 172 notice, will normally be sent to you within 14 days of the speeding offence. You need to respond within 28 days by returning the Section 172 notice to confirm who was driving.”
5. How long do speeding points last?
“Speeding points stay on your license for four years.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.