October 12, 2021
A Freedom of Information request was sent to the DVLA by leasing company Wessex Fleet to reveal the number of drivers with an endorsement offence/s for speeding on their license in 2021, broken down by postcode area and offence code, after they previously investigated the roads that had the most speeding offences.
The data as of May 2021 revealed that a whopping 3.3 million people have speeding fines on their licence right now.
Birmingham ‘B’ is the postcode area with the most speeding offences with 91,566.
Speeding offences in the Birmingham area topped the list, with over 90,000 drivers caught speeding. In second place was Sheffield with 74,069 speeding offences, closely followed by Nottingham with 71,536.
Speeding points stay on your licence for 4 years, or for 11 years if it’s a particularly bad offence. They stay on your licence either from the date of your conviction, or the date of your offence.
If you plead guilty you’ll have to pay the minimum possible fine for speeding of £100 and you’ll be given 3 points that are added to your licence, unless you’re given the option to attend a speed awareness course.
However, if you plead not guilty and are proven guilty you can be fined more and get more penalty points by the court.
The amount you’re fined depends on what the speed limit was and how far over it you were driving. It’s usually a percentage of your weekly income, up to a maximum of £1,000 (£2,500 if you were driving on a motorway).
Revealed: The Top 10 UK Postcodes To Be Caught Speeding
But which are the safest postcodes for driving fines according to the data?
According to government data, Lerwick (the Shetland Islands in Scotland) is the UK postcode with the least number of driving offences for speeding. Lerwick has a total of 561 speeding offences, 84% less than Birmingham’s 91,566.
Surprisingly it is closely followed by ‘WC’ , a postcode in central London with 603 offences. The area covered is of high density development, and includes parts of the City of Westminster and the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington, plus a very small part of the City of London.
Simon Naylor of Wessex Fleet added: “After our research surrounding the most dangerous roads in the UK for speeding earlier this year, it’s interesting to note the specific postcodes that are still high on the list of offenders for speeding. It’s important to remember to drive safely and keep to the speed limit to avoid accidents and causing danger to yourself and others.”