Getting caught speeding in the UK is about to get a whole lot more expensive

A new rise in speeding fines from magistrates courts means that receiving a ticket will soon be a more painful experience than ever before.

These harsher reprimands will see certain speeding fines increase by an additional 50% when the rules come into play from April 24 2017.

Currently, the limit for a speeding fine is 100% of the driver’s weekly wage, with a limit of £1,000. But speed on the motorway and that limit increases to £2,500.

The new guidelines mean those final figures will increase to 150% although the upper cash limits will remain.

Though it’s clear to point out that these new guidelines only apply if court proceedings are instituted..

Offences are split into three bands: A, B and C, with fines being judged around the offender’s weekly income. Each fine will be part of a range, with variables such as the weather conditions, the amount of passengers in the vehicle and whether the vehicle is towing or not all deciding on where the fine will sit in this range.

Band A offences are deemed the least significant and will bare the same minimum £100 fine and 3 point penalty that they currently do. That is unless the accused fails to pay said fixed penalty, or wasn’t eligible for a fixed penalty – which they wouldn’t be if they had 9 or more points within 3 years of their last offence. For that person the offence could now be judged at 25-75% of their weekly income.

An example of a band A offence would be someone travelling at between 31 and 40mph in a 30 zone. First time offenders in this band may also be given the chance to avoid taking points and perform a drivers’ awareness course.

Band B offences involve more significant speeds, so for the same 30mph zone, one would have to travel at between 41 and 50mph. In a 70 zone, a driver would have to travel at between 91 and 100mph to commit a class B offence. These offenders will now face a fine of between 75 and 125% of their weekly income. Additionally, a driver’s license will either be hit with 4-6 points or a ban of between 7 and 28 days.

Unsurprisingly, band C offences are deemed the most reckless, with a driver having to travel at 51mph or faster within a 30 zone, or getting caught at 101mph or above on the motorway. A band C offender will face a fine that’ll stand around 125-175% of their weekly income. Ouch. They’ll also incur either 6 points on their license or a driving ban of between 7 and 56 days.

However, if you really, really drive like a dick then you could face a ban in excess of 56 days, that and a fine of up to 700% of your weekly income!

So there you go, watch your speed people. If you don’t then make sure you don’t get caught!

Source: Sentencing Council / Main image: Madhan Karthikeyan

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