From today, there are new rules in place for any drivers caught speeding in the UK.  The penalties are now much more severe and anyone who excessively exceeds the speed limit, will not only be hit hard in the wallet but may also be disqualified!

The new rules are now in force, as feedback from magistrates and criminal justice professionals in 2016, suggested that the current guidelines “did not properly take into account, the increase in potential harm, that can result as speed above the limit increases”.  As a result, the penalties have increased to send a clear message.

With new research by Green Flag suggesting 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”.

A new three-band system is now in place, which determines what the drivers’ penalty could be. These are outlined below and could cost you up to 175% of your weekly income depending on the severity of your speed.

Band A -  3 penalty points and a fine, which starts at 50%, but can range from 25% to 75% of their weekly income.

Band B -  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 -  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.

The table below shows the speed limit, the recorded speed of the driver and the band their speed falls into.  For example, if you were driving 41mph in a 20mph speed limit, your offence would be classed as Band C, which is the most serious offence.  If you were driving 23mph in a 20mph speed limit, your offence would be classed as Band A, and the penalty would be less severe.

Speed Limit                        Recorded speed (mph)

                               Band A                 Band B                Band C

20                       Speed 21-30       Speed 31-40       Speed 41+

30                       Speed 31-40       Speed 41-50       Speed 51+

40                       Speed 41-55       Speed 56-65       Speed 66+

50                       Speed 51-65       Speed 66-76       Speed 76+

60                       Speed 61-80       Speed 81-90       Speed 91+

70                       Speed 71-90       Speed 91-100     Speed 101+

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.

First-time offenders may be offered the chance to take a speed awareness course to avoid the penalty points, but repeat offenders will not be given this option!

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