The Speeding Habits Of UK Motorists Revealed!

Do you think you take care on the roads when driving about Eton in your van hire? If so, take a look at this new piece of research looking into stats from the Department for Transport that reveal the speeding habits of motorists all over the country. How do you stack up now?

MoneySuperMarket analysed data from the department, finding that Sunday is in fact the most popular day for speeding, with people most likely to go over the limit in the early hours of the morning.

According to the Motoring Research website, it was also found that the majority of drivers say they weren’t paying attention to how fast they were going, although for 17 per cent speeding was found to be a habitual exercise.

Consumer affairs spokeswoman with the price comparison site Rachel Wait observed: “Our findings suggest that drivers are looking to take advantage of emptier roads on weekends and in the early hours. But it is important to remember that there are still major safety rules to abide by, no matter what time it is.”

If you are caught speeding, the minimum penalty is £100 and three penalty points on your licence. But if you build up 12 or more points, you could find yourself disqualified from driving. Those of you caught by a speed camera will receive a notice of intended prosecution and a Section 172 notice in the post within two weeks of your car being caught.

The Section 172 notice must be returned within 28 days, as this will tell the police who was driving the car. Don’t ignore the notice, whatever you do, since you may have to go to court in the end if you do.

From there, you’ll either receive a fixed penalty notice in the post or a letter instructing you to go to court. With a fixed penalty notice, you can either plead guilty or not guilty. Should you choose to plead guilty, you’ll have a £100 fine to pay and three points added to your licence – unless you’re eligible to attend a speed awareness course.

If you plead not guilty, you leave yourself open to being fined more and also be given more penalty points if a court decides you’re guilty. The amount of your fine will depend on what the speed limit is and how much you exceeded it by. This is typically a percentage of your weekly income, with a maximum of £1,000 or £2,500 if you were speeding on a motorway.

When hiring a van, you should check the speed limits since the majority of these kinds of vehicles will have lower limits than cars. They have to follow the speed limits set for goods vehicles of the same weight.

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