Speeding fines to surge by up to 50% from April

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A new fine structure for speeding motorists will come into effect on April 24th.

Following a review of the current process in 2016, it was agreed that magistrates need to be tougher on serious speeding offences. Some of the more serious cases will incur fines increased by 50%. The new rules will affect England and Wales.

The new structure will see offences categorised into three bands – Band A for minimal offences, Band B for medium-risk offences, and Band C for severe speeding. The current limit for fines is up to 100% of the driver’s weekly wage, up to a limit of £1,000 (or £2,500 if the offence has taken place on a motorway). This will now raise to 150% of the weekly wage but will not increase the upper limit.

So what is a serious offence? It depends on the speed limit of the area in which the speeding has taken place.

• 20mph speed limit – 41mph and above recorded speed of driver

• 30mph speed limit – 51mph and above recorded speed of driver

• 40mph speed limit – 66mph and above recorded speed of driver

• 50mph speed limit – 76-85mph and above recorded speed of driver

• 60mph speed limit – 91mph and above recorded speed of driver

• 70mph speed limit – 101mph and above recorded speed of driver

Offenders will still face points on their licence and disqualifications, depending on the severity of the offence.

Do you think the new fine structure is appropriate, or is it too much? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us!

 

Author Lex Barber

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One response to “Speeding fines to surge by up to 50% from April

  1. I hadn’t realised the term ‘serious offence’ was so lax. We should tighten the definition considerably. Otherwise, reckless, selfish, arrogant individuals will continue to push the limits while endangering the lives of other people.

    Doing 31+ in a 20mph zone should be a serious offence, likewise 41+ in a 30, 51 in a 40, and so on up to 91+ on a motorway. Anyone doing over a 100mph on any road should face an automatic three year ban and £3000 fine – plus confiscation of the car (to be sold to raise funds for a child bereavement charity – or crushed).

    Drivers should respect the speed limits. However, I accept that we need some flexibility. The speed limit +10% + 1mph rule seems fair (up to 23 in a 20, 34 in a 30, 45 in a 40 – and so on up to 78 on a motorway). If you can’t stick to that sort of range, you clearly lack the competency and self-control to drive safely or responsibly.

    If losing your licence means your livelihood suffers – tough – you clearly don’t care much for other people’s lives, why should anyone care about you.

    PS: Anyone with more than 12 points on their licence should face an automatic three year ban. If you break the ban, you should lose your car.

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