If you are caught speeding now you will face tougher penalties thanks to new rules. The fines are increasing after a consultation in 2016, where it was agreed that the previous guidelines do not reflect just how much harm and damage speeding can cause. A stricter fining system will be implemented to try to make drivers “think twice”, but how much will offenders have to fork out?
Currently if you are caught speeding, the minimum fine is £100 and three penalty points on your licence. And the maximum fine is £1,000, or £2,500 if you are caught on the motorway.
At the moment drivers face being fined 100 per cent of their weekly salary up to £2,500 but that is set to change. After April 24, the cap of £2,500 will remain, but offenders can be charged up to 175 per cent of their weekly income if they are caught speeding.
The current minimum fine of £100 and three points will still remain the same.
Fines are divided into three bands – A, B and C, which correspond to how serious the speeding offence is.
Drivers caught at speeds up to 10 mph over the limit are classed as band A, with band B fares relating to offences where motorists were clocked at 11-21 mph over the limit.
The most serious category of offence is band C, which applies to drivers exceeding the speed limit by more than 21 mph. These band C offenders face fines between 125 and 175 per cent of their weekly wage, which could see the wealthiest motorists slapped with penalties close to the £2,500 limit.
They could still also be banned from driving for up to 56 days or get six points on their licence.
Meanwhile, band B offenders can expect fines between 75 and 125 per cent of their weekly wage, and band A offenders could be slapped with fines equalling 25-75 per cent of their weekly wage.
The move to hike fines comes after Green Flag warned that the number of speeding offences has risen by 44 per cent over the last five years.
District judge Richard Williams, a sentencing council member, said: “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.
“We are grateful to all those who responded to the consultation and helped shape the final versions that will be used in courts.”
First time speeders can avoid the increased fines if they take a speed awareness course, although this option does not apply to repeat offenders.
Initial fines could be adjusted based on the court’s discretion based on the conditions in the case.
Some variables such as the weather conditions, timing of the offence and population density of the area could affect the total fine.