From 24th April, the rules are changing in relation to the way drivers will be fined for speeding offences in the UK.  As of next week, the maximum fine will increase for speeding offences and could see motorists fined as much as £2500.

The new rules mean that from 24th April, driver’s can be fined up to 175% of their weekly income.  They can also be disqualified from driving for up to 56 days for ‘driving grossly in excess of the speed limit’ according to the Sentencing Council.

Motorists who are caught speeding on the motorway will be hit the hardest, with a potential fine of £2,500, whereas those caught elsewhere could be fined as much as £1,000.

A new three-band system will be in place, which will determine a driver’s fine and the number of penalty points.  We have outlined below the three bands and the new rules that will apply to each band.

Band A – Driver’s will receive 3 penalty points and a fine, which starts at 50%, but can range from 25% to 75% of their weekly income.

Band B – Driver’s will receive 4-6 penalty points OR disqualification from driving for 7-28 days and a fine which starts at 100%, but can range from 75% to 125% of their weekly income.

Band C – Driver’s will receive 6 penalty points OR disqualification from driving for 7-56 days and a fine, which starts at 150%, but can range from 125% to 175% of their weekly income.

These bands are based on a driver’s speed in mph.  The speed limits, recorded speeds, and relevant bands are shown below.

Speed Limit                                                    Recorded speed (mph)

20                       Speed 21-30 (Band A)       Speed 31-40 (Band B)       Speed 41+ (Band C)

30                       Speed 31-40 (Band A)       Speed 41-50 (Band B)       Speed 51+ (Band C)

40                       Speed 41-55 (Band A)       Speed 56-65 (Band B)       Speed 66+ (Band C)

50                       Speed 51-65 (Band A)       Speed 66-76 (Band B)       Speed 76+ (Band C)

60                       Speed 61-80 (Band A)       Speed 81-90 (Band B)       Speed 91+ (Band C)

70                       Speed 71-90 (Band A)       Speed 91-100 (Band B)     Speed 101+ (Band C)

For a first time offender, the chance to take a speed awareness course may be offered, which would mean avoiding the penalty points, but not the fine.  This, however, won’t be offered to repeat offenders.

New research by Green Flag suggests that speeding offences in the UK have increased by 44% in the last 5 years.  The Sentencing Council has said that the move to raise penalties aims to ensure there is a “clear increase in the penalty as the seriousness of offending increases”.

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