Tougher Penalties for Speeding Drivers – NOW IN FORCE
The new tougher penalties for speeding offences have now come into force across England and Wales. The new guidelines issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council to Magistrates’ Courts across the jurisdiction will see fines for drivers caught doing 51mph in a 30mph zone, or 101mph on a motorway or dual carriageway start from 150% of the drivers weekly income, up from the previous level of 100%.
The new fines (known as Band C fines) will allow the worst offenders to face fines of between 125% and 175% of their weekly income, with the starting point in most cases being set at 150%.
The maximum fine, however, remains the same, meaning a speeding driver cannot be fined more than £1,000 unless the offence takes place on a motorway, where the limit is £2,500.