On 28 January 1896 Walter Arnold, of East Peckham, was fined for speeding at 8 mph (13 km/h), thus exceeding the contemporary speed limit for towns of 2 mph (3.2 km/h).

On 28 January 1896 Walter Arnold, of East Peckham, was fined for speeding at 8 mph (13 km/h), thus exceeding the contemporary speed limit for towns of 2 mph (3.2 km/h).

He was fined 1 shilling plus costs, the first speeding fine in England. He was the first person to be convicted of speeding in the UK.

Arnold had been caught by a policeman who had given chase on a bicycle.