How to check if you’ve really been caught by a speeding camera

EVER been flashed by a speeding camera and wondered if it's a false alarm or whether a fine is on its way to you?

Drivers are being warned there's only one way to be sure.

Not all speed cameras flash and – contrary to an old urban legend – most aren't just empty boxes, either.

Here's what you need to know about getting caught by a speed camera in the UK.

How can I tell a speed camera has caught me?

In truth, there's only one way to know you've been caught speeding by a camera installed along the road.

And that's in the form of a fine notice through your door.

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA, told The Sun: “The only way drivers can be certain they have been caught speeding is when a ticket is put through the letterbox."

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An old myth was that a huge number of speed cameras had no film in and so didn't really work, but in the digital age this is definitely not the case.

Cousens said: “Speed cameras are digital so no longer use film and not all of them flash when a speeding car has passed it.

"So there are sometimes no immediate signs that someone has been caught."

Within two weeks – and usually after roughly five working days – you'll receive the fine through your door.

Can I appeal a speeding ticket?

Yes, you can appeal a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) letter.

The most common ground for a successful appeal is the so-called two-week rule – which states that if the ticket failed to arrive within 14 days after the alleged offence, the fine is reversed.

However, it's more difficult than it sounds – you must reply to the ticket with a "not guilty" plea and argue your case in court.

At that point the police must be unable to show the ticket should have reached the vehicle's registered owner under normal circumstances within 14 days.

Other grounds for appeal include missing details on the NIP, incorrect or obscured speed limit signs along the road, or if you can prove you weren't behind the wheel.

Claiming it was an emergency or that the roads were quiet will not cut it, according to the RAC.

How much will I be fined if I'm caught speeding?

Speeding fines in the UK have gone up in recent years – and have cost wealthy celebrities like Ant McPartlin as much as £86,000 in instances where drink driving also played a role.

The exact amount you can be fined for speeding depends on what the limit was and how much over it you were driving.

It’s usually a percentage of your weekly income, up to a maximum of £1,000 – or £2,500 if you were driving on a motorway.

We have rounded-up all the different levels of speeding fines if you need a full breakdown.

You could also be disqualified from driving or have your licence suspended.

Plus, you may be penalised if you accept the penalty notice but then fail to pay within 28 days.

In that case, the fine is registered with the court and is automatically increased by 50%.

It is then for the court to enforce the fine – and it can even issue a warrant for your arrest if you fail to respond.

So rather than sweat over whether a speed camera has caught you, you're definitely better off keeping a lighter touch on the accelerator.

Cousens added: “The best way to avoid speeding is to manage your speed and right foot accordingly.

"However, if you have received a fine, don’t delay in responding to the letter regardless of your intent to accept or appeal the ticket.”

Motorists have been spared the introduction of new smart motorways as the government has paused plans to bring in more.

The controversial roads have been blamed for causing more than two dozen deaths since 2015.

Other news drivers must keep an eye on includes the new Highway Code, which comes into effect on January 29.

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