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Everything you need to know about the new UK speeding fines
8th May 2017
Serious speeding offenders will now face a 50 per cent higher fine under new legislation introduced in April. In a bid to reduce high-speed accidents, the new laws will see motorists paying fines of up to 150 per cent of their weekly salary.
Drivers caught speeding far in excess of the speed limit who are summoned to court rather than handed a fixed penalty notice will be affected. Under the new band system, band A penalties are for drivers travelling between one and 10mph over the speed limit and can expect to receive a fine equivalent to 50% of their weekly income plus 3 penalty points. Band B is applicable to drivers exceeding the limit by 11 to 20mph and they may be liable to receive fines equivalent to 100% of their weekly income plus 4 penalty points. Band C is for serious speeding offenders exceeding the limit by 21mph+ and will face a fine equivalent to 150% of their weekly income and 6 penalty points, or disqualification for up to 56 days. If you are disqualified for 56 days or more, you must apply for a new licence before you are able to start driving again.
Despite being based on the offender’s income, the new speeding fines will be capped at £2,500 for those caught speeding on a motorway, and £1,000 elsewhere. Mitigating factors such as speeding because of an emergency may be considered in the event of a band C fine, and could see a reduction to 125%, according to a report by Saga. Sentencing Council member and district judge Richard Williams told Auto Express: “The magistrates’ courts deal with the vast majority of offenders in England and Wales, so it is essential that the guidelines they use are up to date and help ensure that sentences are applied consistently and effectively.
“We have listened to the views of magistrates, criminal justice professionals and others with an interest in particular offence types in developing these guidelines.”
As well as those in lawyer jobs taking note of the recent changes, motorists should be aware that they may be subjected to higher insurance premiums as a result. Simon McCulloch, director at comparethemarket.com, told The Mirror: “Motorists who drive over the legal speed limits are now facing harsher penalties, but what drivers perhaps don’t always realise is that they could face additional costs in the form of more expensive insurance premiums. Our data shows that drivers who are handed six points can see their premiums jump by nearly 76%.”