Stricter speeding fines have been enforced in England and Wales. As of today, 24th April, speeding drivers will face tougher punishments for serious speeding offences. What does this mean for drivers?

You could face a fine of up to £2,500 for major breaches under the new regulations if you exceed the speed limit. Speeding drivers are charged based upon a percentage, which means you could be fined up to 175% of your weekly wage for major offences and 50% for minor offences. Fines cannot exceed £1,000 unless the offence was committed on a motorway, where the limit is £2,500.

The three band system will determine the severity of the punishment depending on the nature of the offence committed. It consists of band A, B and C each of which refers to a different speeding offence. You could risk having your licence disqualified in excess of 56 days if you're speeding offence falls into band B or C.

 Band  Speeding Offence  Fine Range  Points / Disqualification
 Band A  1-10mph over the speed limit  25-75% of weekly wages  3 Points
 Band B  11-21mph over the speed limit  75-135% of weekly wages  Disqualified for 7-28 days OR 4-6 points
 Band C  21mph+ over the speed limit  125-175% of weekly wages  Disqualified for 7-56 days OR 6 points

 

To put the new increase into perspective, if you were caught driving at 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway, you would have been fined 100% of your weekly wage. With these stricter sanctions, you will now be charged 150% of your weekly wage. For those who drive at 41mph or faster where there is a 20mph limit, fines will also increase.

Magistrates do have the power to ignore these guidelines in exceptional cases, according to the Sentencing Council. If the judge or magistrate feels that following the guidelines is not in the interests of justice or if they believe that the guidelines prevent the correct sentence from being given, they can be enforce sentences outside of these guidelines.

How much do you need to exceed the speed limit to receive the maximum 150% fine?
20mph 41mph & over
30mph 51mph & over
40mph 66mph & over
50mph 76mph & over
60mph 91mph & over
70mph 101mph & over

The previous laws meant that if you were caught speeding, the minimum fine was £100 and three penalty points on your licence. This will remain the same, the only major changes apply to major breaches of the speed limit. First time offenders can avoid these fines providing that they complete a speed awareness course. This option does not apply to repeat offenders.

It is widely felt that the previous guidelines failed to properly take into account the increased risk of potential harm, which can occur when the speed limit is not adhered too. This comes as Green Flag issued a warning that the number of speeding offences committed has increased by 44% over the last years.

In 2015, 244 people were killed in car crashes that were caused by a driver who was breaking the speed limit on Britain’s roads. As a result of this, a change in the speeding law has been welcomed by many.

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