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Speed Limits: Fines

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty notices for speeding were (a) contested and (b) overturned in each (i) local authority area and (ii) police authority area in each of the last five years. (290210)

Fixed penalty notices (FPNs) cannot be contested or overturned; an FPN is the offer of an opportunity for the recipient to discharge liability to conviction by paying the prescribed amount. A person either accepts the fixed penalty or refuses and insists on the right to a court trial.

Information on the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for speeding offences held by the Ministry of Justice cannot separately identify the number of prosecutions resulting from refusal of a fixed penalty notice.