Get evidence to appeal a speeding fine today. It's fast and completely free.
Send a subject access request to the police force that issued your ticket today. Use your evidence to increase your chances of a successful appeal.
Why should I get evidence to appeal a speeding fine?
You should gather evidence if you think that a speeding fine you received in the UK is unfair, and use it to prove that you don't have to pay the fine.
If you think that a speeding fine was unjust, perhaps because:
- you weren't driving the car at the time
- the car was stolen
- there were incorrect or missing speed limit signs
You can appeal to your local police.
If you send a subject access request to the police force that issued the speeding fine, they have to give you the full grounds for deciding to give you a ticket.
This is because you're entitled to all of the personal data that any organisation has stored about you. You can then use this information to point out mistakes made in the decision, and increase your chances of a successful appeal.
A Subject Access Request, or ‘SAR’ is a written request that you send to a company asking to see your personal data.
What information will I get back?
Within 30 days, you'll receive any evidence they've used to issue the fine.
This could include:
- speed camera images
- other documentation that could help your case
Unfair speeding fines are more common than you may think - sometimes poor roadside management, for example, means that trees end up covering important speed camera signs, which would give you legitimate grounds to appeal.
How do I send a subject access request?
The easiest way to send a subject access request is through Rightly.
- Use the search bar at the top of this page to find the police force in question
- Enter your basic details so that they can identify you
- Check your email to send your request
You can then use the evidence they send back to strength your appeal and get your speeding fine revoked.
Note: a subject request on its own does not count as an appeal. You should make sure that you make a formal appeal before the deadline of 28 days, even if your response doesn't come in time.
How long until they respond to my request?
After the police have received your request, they have to reply in full within 30 days, or give a valid reason for asking for an extension. If this happens, our support team is here to help.
What if they don't respond to my request?
Don't worry, they have to respond by law. This is because the information that went into the decision to give you a speeding fine counts as your personal data, and you can ask any organisation if they have your personal data.
They have to tell you what they have, as well as how and why they are using it. This is thanks to your ‘right of access’ under GDPR law. GDPR applies in the UK and EU.
Is it my right to send a request?
Absolutely. This counts as your personal data, and you can ask any organisation if they have your personal data. They have to tell you what they have, as well as how and why they are using it. This is thanks to your ‘right of access’ under GDPR law. GDPR applies in the UK and EU.
How do I use my evidence to appeal?
Once you've got your evidence, the first thing to do is to follow the instructions on the speeding fine, which will normally tell you how to begin your appeal online.
With speeding tickets time is of the essence. Most will give you a 28 day window to pay your fine or appeal. If you choose to appeal, you should hear back within 28 days. If they reject your appeal, you want to be prepared with all of the information they have about the incident, so that you can appeal again.
By this time, the results of your subject access request should mean that you can appeal again from a much stronger position.
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This means that our services operate on a not-for-profit basis. It also means that there are no adverts or hidden costs, and that we’ll never, ever sell your data.
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