Speeding penalty rule changes:
UK drivers to face harsher fines for exceeding limit
New penalties for speeding are to come into force in the UK next week.
Motorists caught exceeding the speed limit from 24th April 2017 will be hit with fines of up to £2,500, a significant increase from the current maximum of £1,000.
The fines have been introduced after a consultation back in 2016 where it was agreed that the previous guidelines do not reflect just how much harm and damage speeding can cause.
The Magistrates courts will deal with the vast majority of offenders in England and Wales and fines will increase depending on the severity of the speeding. Drivers travelling significantly above the speed limit could face up to 150% of their weekly income.
There will be three fine bands;
Band A – A motorist will be charged half their weekly income.
Band B – A full weeks earnings.
Band C – 150% of earnings.
Band C speeding fine
A Band C speeding fine means that anyone speeding at 51mph or above in a 30mph limit – for example – faces a fine equivalent to 150% of their weekly income, and 6 penalty points on their driving licence, or disqualification from driving for up to 56 days. If you’re disqualified for 56 days or more you must apply for a new licence before you’re able to start driving again.
For anyone earning £25,000 a year, a speeding fine equivalent to 150% of their weekly income means handing over a minimum of £720 – no small amount.
Band B speeding fine
You might receive a Band B speeding fine for doing between 41-50mph, in which case you’d face a fine equivalent to 100% of your weekly income (£480), and 4 penalty points on your driving licence, or disqualification from driving for up to 28 days.
Band A speeding fine
A Band A speeding fine would be appropriate if you are caught speeding between 31-40 in a 30mph zone, and you can expect to receive a fine equivalent to 50% of your weekly income (£240), and 3 penalty points on your driving licence.
By way of comparison, the average speeding fine handed out in 2015 was just £188.