Speeding tickets have numerous consequences. They can have a significant effect on your car insurance premiums, they carry steep fines and they can also lose you your licence if you accumulate too many points. The best way to get out of a speeding ticket is to avoid getting one in the first place.
Punishments for Speeding:
- A speeding ticket may be issued (this is called a Fixed Penalty Notice) alongside a fine of up to £60 and 3 points on your licence.
- You may be given a verbal warning. However, this is only likely if it’s the first time you have been caught speeding.
- If you are prosecuted and sent to court, this can result in a fine of up to £1000 and 3-6 points on your licence. However, if you are caught speeding on a motorway, the fine is up to £2,500.
Before we go any further, there is an answer that nobody wants to hear when trying to avoid a speeding ticket and that is; don’t speed. It may be difficult, particularly if you have been speeding for a long time, but reducing your speed and obeying the law will help you avoid being issued a speeding ticket.
However, for those of you that are in a rush to get places, the following lists our advice on popular methods drivers use to avoid speeding tickets. Whether they work or not is another matter but we thought we would share these popular methods used by thousands of people all over the country.
The Secret Spray
There is a spray that can be purchased by motorists in the UK to help them avoid getting a speeding ticket. The spray is illegal but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of Britain’s purchasing the stuff over the years. This spray allegedly makes your number plate so shiny and reflective that the numbers become practically invisible to speeding cameras. No number, no ticket. At least that’s the idea. There are mixed opinions as to whether this spray is effective or not. But it is one of the popular methods used to avoid getting a speeding ticket.
Flipping Number Plates
Often, speeding motorists enjoy the rush of driving over the speed limit and zooming in and out of traffic lanes. However, thousands of British motorists have decided to make their James Bond dream a reality by installing flipping number plates onto their cars. Flipping number plates conceal the numbers on number plates and are extremely popular in the UK. They aim to help motorists avoid speeding tickets, yellow line fines, bus lane tickets and more.
However, motorists have a legal obligation to display their number plates clearly at all times. Anyone caught using number plate covers, or failing to display their number plate clearly, could face up to two years in prison.
Pass the Fine to Someone Else
This is one of the most common methods motorists use to avoid speeding tickets. It is common for motorists to claim someone else was driving their car – handing their fine and the points that would have been added to their licence on to someone else. In other instances, motorists hand their forms to criminals who use fictitious names and addresses, passing themselves off as the person who was speeding without either party getting in trouble.
In the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 20 drivers have illegally paid someone to take their penalty points for them. If you are caught you could be sent to prison for perverting justice. Additionally, if you lie on the forms sent to you by the police, you could face a prison sentence. Speeding is a motoring offence and persuading someone else to take points for you is a criminal offence.
Change Lanes to Trick the Camera
Switching lanes rapidly when passing a speeding camera has been thought to give a false reading by blurring the cameras field of vision. But this is a myth. Many people assume there is a loophole in the system that allows them to rapidly change lanes or hide their licence plate numbers behind the car in front to avoid a speeding ticket but this is not the case. Additionally, it is increasing the risk of an accident. Modern speed cameras have the technical capability to capture number plates of speeding motorists at any point on the road, whether swerving between lanes or not.
Slow Down Towards a Speed Camera
Many motorists assume that you can speed as much as you want between speed cameras, so long as you slow down on your approach to avoid getting caught. But in recent years this tactic has been discovered and new speed camera systems have been put in place to discourage this dangerous driving tactic. Speed camera systems now carry out average speed checks, forcing motorists to avoid harsh breaking and acceleration. Speed is measured over a series of miles, no matter the lane and, therefore, those speeding and slowing down regularly to avoid tickets will be fined.
Say There Was a Wasp in Your Car
One idea could be to say there was a wasp or bee in your car, and you are allergic and accidentally stepped on the accelerator while trying to get the wasp out of the car. We spoke to a pest control specialist at Complete Pest Management and they said that wasps in cars are a big problem in the summer.
Whether you want to hear it or not, speed cameras are designed to increase road safety by reducing speeding. It is irresponsible of motorists to deliberately evade detection and, as you can see by this article, the suggestions above won’t get you anything but trouble. The best way to avoid getting a speeding ticket is to stop speeding. However, help is available to avoid speeding tickets or fight motoring allegations with The Speeding Barrister. For more information, contact us today.