From 24th April, the rules have changed about the way drivers are fined for speeding offences in the UK. The maximum fine has increased for speeding fines and motorists could be fined as much as £2500.
The new rules mean that drivers can be fined up to 175% of their weekly income. Maybe even disqualified from driving for up to 56 days for ‘driving grossly more than the speed limit’ according to the Sentencing Council.
Motorists found speeding on the motorway will be hit the hardest, with a potential fine of £2,500, whereas those caught elsewhere the fine is as much as £1,000.
For a first time offender, the chance to take a speed awareness course may be offered, which would mean avoiding the penalty points, but not the speeding fines. Doing this, however, won’t be provided to repeat offenders.
A new three-band system is in place, which determines a driver’s fines and the number of penalty points. We have outlined below the three bands and the new rules that will apply to each.
The New Speeding Penalties
Band A – Driver’s will receive 3 penalty points and a fine, which starts at 50%, but can range from 25% to 75% of their weekly income.
Band B – Driver’s will receive 4-6 penalty points OR disqualification from driving for 7-28 days and a fine which starts at 100%, but can range from 75% to 125% of their weekly income.
Bands C – Driver’s will receive 6 penalty points OR disqualification from driving for 7-56 days and a fine, which starts at 150%, but can range from 125% to 175% of their weekly income.
These bands are based on a driver’s speed in mph. The speed limits, recorded speeds, and relevant bands are shown below.
Speed Limit Recorded speed (mph)
20 Speed 21-30 (Band A) Speed 31-40 (Band B) Speed 41+ (Band C)
30 Speed 31-40 (Band A) Speed 41-50 (Band B) Speed 51+ (Band C)
40 Speed 41-55 (Band A) Speed 56-65 (Band B) Speed 66+ (Band C)
50 Speed 51-65 (Band A) Speed 66-76 (Band B) Speed 76+ (Band C)
60 Speed 61-80 (Band A) Speed 81-90 (Band B) Speed 91+ (Band C)
70 Speed 71-90 (Band A) Speed 91-100 (Band B) Speed 101+ (Band C)
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