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The law around #speeding comes into effect today with higher penalty charges

by | 24 Apr 2017

The law around #speeding comes into effect today with higher penalty charges

From 24 April 2017, a new higher penalty for speeding has been announced.

Fines for motorists caught going well over the speed limit will start from 150% of their weekly income, going up from the existing level of 100%.

For example, someone who is sentenced for driving at 101mph or faster in a 70mph zone will now be dealt with in a more severe bracket.

Drivers will also face points, or a disqualification depending on the offence.

It seems to transpire that speeding motorists will be placed in three bands, to regulate the severity of the fine they will face. In Band ‘A’, motorists will be charged half of their weekly income and Band ‘B’, a full week’s earnings. Individuals in Band ‘C’ will face the maximum amount, 150%.

The Sentencing Council said the move aims to ensure there is a ‘clear increase in fine level as the seriousness of offending increases’.

It may be a response to the speeding consultation arguing earlier guidelines did not correctly consider the increase in possible damage that can result as speed above the limit rises.

Approximately 244 people were killed in crashes that occurred when a driver was breaching the speed limit on Britain’s roads in 2015.

The maximum fines permissible by law continue the same, so speeding drivers cannot be fined more than £1,000 except if the offence takes place on a motorway, where the limit is £2,500.

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