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Appealing 3 points?
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and those of you doubting the OP's word may not be on the ball.
The offence as outlined by the OP is in Band A. And the fine is £100 with 3 points on a driving licence.
Also info here - OP, just add your details and it should tell you that you have committed a Band A offence and what the penalty is -
Since you ask, I'd not try to argue with the evidence because it appears that whether you were doing 72mph or 74mph, you were still over the limit and have received notification of it.
Pay up, accept the points and resolve to be more careful. I'm not trying to preach here because I've done similar in the past, twice. Once on a dual carriageway - and had to cough up a hefty fine and have 6 points on my licence for 4 years. I was also sent on one of those driving awareness courses in the past - and found it really helpful. But as you say, there's a time limit on those or you could have gone on another one.
Obviously this is just my own opinion, and I'm just saying what I'd do.
If you decide to go to court to defend this and lose, you'll have to pay more than £100 and you've been clocked doing the wrong speed, so there's not really any defence. Sorry.
In which case a tracker showing 70-72 is still going to prove the offense.