Guide to Offences Related to Speedometers

It is an offence to drive a vehicle that does not have a fully functional speedometer which shows both mph and kmph readings. It is also an offence for certain classes of vehicles, such as HGV’s not to have a speed limiter installed.

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for speedometer related offences?

No, there is no requirement for an NIP for speedometer related offences.


Fine to £2,500 for goods vehicles and £1,000 for other vehicles.


These range from showing that the vehicle in question is not required to have a speedometer/speed limiter, to showing that reasonable steps have been taken to remedy the fault with the equipment. If facing a charge in relation to a speedo or speed limiter, contact the road traffic experts at Motor Defence Team to receive expert advice with respect to your situation.

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