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Motorists warned about common speed camera mistake that drivers make – and it’s all about timing


THERE’S a common motoring myth that you’re allowed to go 10% without getting into trouble, but motorists shouldn’t rely on this old wives’ tale.

Speeding is a serious offence and can still gain you a fine, no matter the speed you was going over.

Don't get caught out, keep to the limits

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Research done by Auto Express found many police forces had a tolerance before a fixed and average speed camera “flashes”.

The amount of tolerance varied between 10% plus 2mph and 10% plus 3mph.

The reason why this tolerance is given is so drivers are keeping an eye out on the road instead of constantly watching their speedometer.

Upon doing the research, Auto Express did find that a number of forces wouldn’t release information on if they had any tolerance, arguing that this information could encourage drivers to speed.

Motorist do need to be wary that not all speed cameras on the roads have a flash.

The Gatso, the distinctive yellow speed camera, will flash when catching a speeding driver.

Average speed cameras work by monitoring your speed at two or more different points.

These types of cameras don’t flash.

However, just because there could be a threshold, it doesn’t mean drivers should be pushing the speed limit.

Even going 1mph over the speed limit is breaking the law and you can still get a fine.

A National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman told The Sun: “The so-called speeding ‘buffer zone’ is guidance, not the law. Officers have discretion to act based on the circumstances.

“There may well be occasions where someone is speeding a couple of miles over the speed limit, for example outside a school, and an officer could reasonably decide it is proportionate to stop them.

“Speed limits are limits, not targets, and we encourage all motorists to respect and adhere to them. The best advice is to not speed, full stop.”

What is the penalty for speeding?

The minimum penalty a driver can expect for speeding is a £100 fine and three points on their licence.

You may be offered a speed awareness course instead of the points on your licence, but you would have to pay for it.

If you a caught speeding, you will be sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and a Section 172 notice.

You must send the Section 172 notice back within 28 days, telling the police who was driving the vehicle.

From there, you will be sent either a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) or a letter telling you to go to court.

If summoned to court, you may have to pay a larger fine.

The fine is usually a percentage of your weekly income, up to the amount of £1,000.

The amount increase to 32,500 if the speeding offence took place on a motorway.

Elsewhere, there are always many myths going around about speed cameras, do you know these?

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