Stricter fining systems are being implemented, making drivers “think twice” – but just how much will offenders have to fork out?
Previously, if you were caught speeding you could be hit with a penalty of between £100 – £2,500 and three points on your licence. Drivers faced being fined 100% of their weekly salary but that is set to change.
After April 24th, the cap of £2,500 will remain, but offenders can be charged up to 175% of their weekly income if they are caught speeding. The minimum fine of £100 and three points will still remain the same.
What speeding penalties can I get with the new laws?
Speeding penalties are divided into three bands – A, B and C – these correspond to how serious the speeding offence is.
Drivers caught at speeds up to 10 mph over the speed limit are classed as band A, with band B fares relating to offences where motorists were clocked at 11-21 mph over the limit. The most serious category of offence is band C, which applies to drivers exceeding the speed limit by more than 21 mph.
These band C offenders will face fines between 125% and 175% of their weekly wage, which could see the wealthiest motorists slapped with penalties close to the £2,500 limit.
Offenders could still also be banned from driving for up to 56 days or receive six points on their licence.
Meanwhile, band B offenders can expect fines between 75 and 125 per cent of their weekly wage, and band A offenders could be slapped with fines equalling 25-75 per cent of their weekly wage.
For more information about these changes and how speeding penalties affect drivers, you can visit the Speeding penalties page on GOV.UK.