Passenger Became Violently Ill!


I was caught speeding (36 MPH in 30 mph). I was in a hire car and initial document was sent to the Hire Co. The follow up letter did not indicate how fast I was traveling. Never the less, I complied with the requirement and confirm that I was the driver and gave my name.

On the day in question, I was driving a fare paying passenger home when he suddenly became violently ill at the back of my car. In panic I drove a bit faster that I normally would. He appeared to be having a severe asthma attack and I feared the worse. There is a hospital 2 miles away and I headed for the hospital.

I normally ply that road at least 10 times day and night over the past 5 years or more and have never been involve in any speeding incident.

Do I have a defence. What should I do?

Dominic says:

If it was a medical emergency then you maybe able to argue special reasons to avoid the points.

Are you able to get in touch with your passenger and ask them to be a witness?

Have you got any points already? If so, how many? You would normally be offered the speed awareness course in relation to a 36 in a 30? Have you done the course before?

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