Stricter punishments for speeding offences in England and Wales

The day is upon us (Monday 24th April 2017) when penalties for speeding offences are increasing. Now we know this shouldn't be an issue for most of you law abiding drivers but the sentencing guidelines are designed to make ALL drivers 'think twice' and will see those responsible for the most serious offences being slapped with bigger fines.

Under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, s.89(1) revised for 2017, fines for drivers caught doing 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway will likely be 150% of your weekly income, rather than the previous level of 100%. The maximum fines remains the same however, meaning a speeding driver cannot be fined more than £1,000 unless the offence takes place on a motorway, where the limit is set to £2,500.

New Speeding Penalties From April 2017...

Speed limit (mph)Recorded speed (mph)
20 41mph and above 31mph – 40mph 21mph – 30mph
30 51mph and above 41mph – 50mph 31mph – 40mph
40 66mph and above 56mph – 65mph 41mph – 55mph
50 76mph and above 66mph – 75mph 51mph – 65mph
60 91mph and above 81mph – 90mph 61mph – 80mph
70 101mph and above 91mph – 100mph 71 mph – 90mph

Sentencing range: Band B fine =

125% – 175% of relevant weekly income

Band B fine =

75% – 125% of relevant weekly income

Band A fine =

25% - 75% of relevant weekly income

Points / disqualification: 6 Points
OR Disqualify for 7 – 56 days
4 – 6 points
OR Disqualify for 7 – 28 days
3 points

The Sentencing Council has said that the increase in fines is to demonstrate the ‘seriousness of offending and Motoring groups have broadly welcomed the new guidelines for Magistrates.

To avoid being hit with one of these hefty new fines we would recommend driving responsibly, now MORE than ever.

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