The new fines for speeding came into force on the 24th April 2017- and the penalties are a lot tougher.
New higher penalties will be introduced- and they could be as high as 175% of your weekly income.
Fines for the most serious breaches will have a starting point of 150% of a person’s weekly income rather than the existing level of 100%.
So, if someone is caught doing 41mph and above in a 20mph zone or 101mph on a motorway, where the limit is 70mph, they could be fined 150% of their weekly income.
Fines are determined in categories – a Band A fine is 50% of someone’s weekly income, Band B is 100% and band C is 150%.
District judges and magistrates will have to use new guidelines, which apply to all offenders aged 18 and older, regardless of the date of the offence.
The new rules:
The fines are ranked depending on how far in excess of the limit a driver is going.
There is a range, and anyone facing a Band C fine could see it upped to 175% of their income.
Drivers will also face points, or a disqualification depending on the offence.
Those caught driving at more than 101mph in a 70-mph speed limit could also be disqualified for up to 56 days.
The changes are part of a consultation in 2016 that argued previous guidelines did not properly take into account the potential harm of speeding – and the risks it poses to the public.
Who decided what the new rules should be?
The Sentencing Council held a consultation last year
It said there needed to be a ‘’clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases’’
The Sentencing Council for England and Wales were set up to promote greater transparency and consistency in sentencing, whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary.
What do drivers think?
The RAC welcomed the new ruling – saying it will benefit everyone.
Pete Williams, RAC road safety spokesman said:
‘’Hopefully hitting these offenders harder in the pocket will make them think twice before doing it again in the future.’’
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