Are Police Fining The Wrong Drivers For Speeding?

Thu 14th Jun 2018

Britain’s drivers pay millions in speeding fines every year, but one driver has discovered that police are confusing number plates and punishing innocent drivers.

Sara Sims from Grimsby in Lincolnshire was issued a ticket for allegedly speeding in a 30mph zone, but Sims was convinced that it wasn’t her car that was speeding and challenged the fine.

On appeal, police found that Sara’s car had been confused with another car that looked like hers and she had actually been driving under the speed limit.

Speaking to Grimsby Live, Sims said: “I wasn’t going to challenge it, but then my partner said if I was so sure I hadn’t been speeding, I should appeal against it.

“Since I’d only just pulled onto the street, I don’t think it was even possible for me to reach that speed.

“I don’t speed anyway, but when I saw the van I made absolutely sure that I was doing a safe speed. Why would you speed when the van is right there?

“It made me wonder how many other people this has happened to who didn’t appeal."

Following the appeal, Humberside Police issued a letter of apology and rescinded the fine.

The letter said: "After further examination of the photographic evidence, it would appear that your vehicle was not involved with the offence detailed on the notice, and therefore no further action is required from you.

“Please accept my apologies for any confusion or inconvenience that this may have caused.”

Ms Sims shared her story on social media and found that there were many more drivers who had received fines in similar circumstances, many believing that they may have been penalised in error.