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.
|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
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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