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Speed limits

Appropriate speed limits are important for safety, environmental and accessibility reasons. You must not exceed the maximum speed limits set for the road and your vehicle.

Speed limits and your vehicle

Excessive speed is a significant factor in collisions and has a huge impact on the severity of injuries sustained. As with all road safety strategies the aim of the safety camera scheme is to reduce the number of injury collisions on our roads.

If you speed, you are more likely to have a crash that results in a serious or fatal collision. Slow down - and allow for other people’s mistakes.

Speed limits vary according to the type of vehicle you are driving and the nature of the road you are travelling.

Speed limits

Speeding means that you will have much less time to react to driving conditions. It also means that if you crash there will be a more violent collision.

  • at 20 mph a child hit by a vehicle has a 90 per cent chance of survival
  • at 30 mph a child hit by a vehicle has a 50 per cent chance of survival
  • at 40 mph a child hit by a vehicle has a 10 per cent chance of survival

Most car crashes involve two or more vehicles. Slow down - and allow for other people’s mistakes.

Built-up areas Single carriageways Dual carriageways Motorways
Type of vehicle mph
(km/h)
mph
(km/h)
mph
(km/h)
mph
(km/h)

Cars and motorcycles
(including car-derived vans up to two tonnes maximum laden weight)
30
(48)
60
(96)
70
(112)
70
(112)

Goods vehicles
(not exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight)
30
(48)
50
(80)
60
(96)
70
(112)

You can find out more information in the Highway Code.

Penalty Notices

Within 14 days of a camera recording an alleged offence, a notice of intended prosecution will be issued to the registered keeper of the vehicle.This notice will contain the vehicle details, date, time and location of the alleged offence. If you receive a notice you must complete the appropriate section and return it to the Fixed Penalty Processing Centre within the allotted time. Should you discover a mistake on the notice, which does not automatically invalidate it, you should contact the Safety Camera Office on the number provided.

Obligations upon the Registered Keeper

The registered keeper in accordance with Article 177 Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order is legally obliged to identify the driver at the time of the alleged offence. This also includes companies who are advised to keep accurate records of the use of company vehicles. If the vehicle has been sold particulars of the buyer should be provided.

Conditional Offers

The driver will be offered a conditional offer which provides an opportunity to settle the matter without having to go to court if he/she wishes however they have the right to challenge the offence by having the matter referred to court. In any case you must submit a response to the Safety Camera Section within a period of 28 days. If accepted the driver must forward the remittance of £60 as a postal order or cheque along with both parts of their driving licence which will be endorsed with three penalty points which will last for three years and removed from your driving licence after a period of four years.

Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to the ‘Clerk of the Petty Sessions’ and forwarded with both parts of your driving licence to:

The Fixed Penalty Office
Laganside Court
45 Oxford Street
Belfast
BT1 3LL

You can also call at Laganside Court between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm Monday to Friday (with the exception of Bank and Public Holidays) in person to make payment.

There is no facility to pay by instalments without the matter being referred to a court.

An opportunity of settling the matter by way of conditional offer will not be available to individuals who do not hold a Northern Ireland driving licence, currently have 9 or more points on their driving licence or the speed detected exceeds the limit for the offer.

Lost Driving Licences

You cannot send your payment without including both parts of your driving licence. If you have lost your driving licence you should obtain a replacement from DVLA. You must still respond to the conditional offer of the fixed penalty however contact the Safety Camera Section who will consider suspension of process.

Speed Awareness Courses

Drivers, depending upon the speed at which they were detected, may be offered an opportunity to attend a Speed Awareness Course as an alternative to penalty points.  The course which is available at five locations throughout Northern Ireland and delivered and managed by an appointed contractor must be attended within a period of 120 days from the date of detection.

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