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Does a speeding offence disqualify one from a flying career?

Old 26th Dec 2020, 12:42
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I've had a fair few speeding fines/ endorsements over the years and declared them to all my employers if they ask. This is both as a pilot and for other jobs and its never affected the outcome of me getting employed as far as I'm aware, although none have been classified as criminal motoring offences. Most minor speeding convictions are dealt with through a fixed fine and in this case the offence is not considered criminal and is therefore not recorded on your criminal record. (it is recorded though - by the police and on the DVLA database in the UK) The problem comes if you don't pay the fine and go to court, and if your found guilty the speeding could then be classified as a full criminal offence and goes in your criminal record which may preclude you from certain types of employment. Some driving offences such as being wasted behind the wheel or listening to one direction are an automatic criminal offence and will go on your record as such. If you're given a fine, pay it and declare it if asked about it, otherwise don't worry about it. If you caught doing 100 in a 30 zone then you rightfully will get a criminal conviction and probably go to prison and then an airline will think twice about your ability to follow rules.
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Old 26th Dec 2020, 13:36
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A speeding conviction, whether a court conviction, fixed penalty (or speed awareness course) is not a 'recordable' offence. As such it is not recorded by the police and will not appear on a Police National Computer (PNC/Criminal record) check. It is recorded by the DVLA as part of the driver record (although not the speed awareness course). Driving without due care (or driving without taste if listening to One Direction) is similarly not a 'recordable' offence and again will not be held on a police record but will be held by DVLA. Drink/Drug driving or dangerous driving are recordable offences and so will be held both by the police and by DVLA.

For example, if you are caught doing 100 in a 30 and prosecuted simply for speeding then you will get a fine and probably a disqualification but you could not go to prison. If dangerous driving then prison would be on the cards and it would be a recordable offence

Recordable Offences are ones that can be punished by imprisonment or ones that are listed as such - examples are to be found in the following regulations:

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Old 26th Dec 2020, 15:24
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I would not worry about a speeding ticket. As you are from South Wales you will know Port Talbot, in the mid 1980s I was caught doing 150mph+ on my Kawasaki just outside Port Talbot on the M4. It didn't stop me having a rewarding career. A speeding ticket is the least of your worries. If a pure character and unblemished life was a prerequisite to a career in aviation we would be desperately short of pilots.
There are all sorts of mal-adjusted and reprehensible characters in our line of work!
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Old 26th Dec 2020, 17:44
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My current UK Airline runs a check on your license. It shows them any wrongdoings but I suspect it forms part of the hire car scheme we use. I suspect they need to meet certain general criteria and will not ensure certain drivers. If you have a drink driving conviction I wouldn’t hold out much hope but speeding by fixed penalty is a non entity.
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