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Unreasonable fine After Red Light Offence but not driving through it

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  • Unreasonable fine After Red Light Offence but not driving through it

    This may be in the wrong section so please move if need be.

    I received a notice of prosecution for failing to obey a traffic signal/ traffic light, pleaded guilty and received a 444.00 fine made up of 253.00 fine, a 90.00 costs and 101.00 surcharge for victim services.

    The short story is as I approached a red light on my motorcycle I filtered to the font of the queue and just placed myself in front of the lead car. By doing this I took my bike over the solid stop line and then sat there waiting for the green light. Unknow to me, by going over the stop line I triggered the traffic camera.

    When I received the NIP I pleaded guilty and had to complete a series of forms including a financial one showing my incomings and outgoings. I wrote in mitigation that I did admit to crossing the solid white line but to please note that I did not intend to ride through the red light I had just intended to sit at the front of the queue and wait for the green light.

    I expected a 100.00 fine and three points but not 444.00 and three points.

    Do you think the fine is unreasonable and should I appeal it, what are my chances of getting it reduced

    Thanks for any advice
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  • #2
    Chance if getting it reduced are not very high as you committed the offence on camera.

    Numbers seem off, did you reply to the S172 request to name the driver?

    Looks like a failure to nominate.


    • #3
      I replied on line when I received the NIP and told them I was the rider.


      • #4
        Fine is based on weekly income. It should be a band A fine 50% of weekly income. Did you give them a weekly income? If not it is always deemed to be 440, Victim surcharge is set in stone and has to be added. 90 costs seems OK for a guilty plea (it is usually 85 in my court). Guidelines here: https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk...-or-discharge/


        • #5
          I did complete a form showing my monthly income and expenditure, I guess they could work out my weekly income from that.

          so in essence, my fine and the additional costs seem in line with current guidelines.


          • #6
            I would say so if your income is anything like 400 and a bit, Have a look at the guidelines and see what you think.


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