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The government has announced that speeding fines on UK motorways is set to quadruple to a maximum of £10,000 as new penalties are to be introduced for a variety of offences. The maximum fines for speeding on other roads will also be quadrupled from £1,000 to £4,000, and unlimited fines will be introduced for serious offences such as causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by driving without insurance. Motoring groups have condemned the proposed new laws, claiming them to be draconian.

Current laws mean that maximum speeding fines can vary from £60 for a Fixed Penalty Notice to £2,500 for those that are caught speeding on the motorway. If a case of driving without insurance goes to court, then this can lead to a maximum £5,000 fine. It is down to the discretion of the courts to determine how big a fine to levy.

For minor speeding offences, it is commonplace for the person accused of speeding to receive a Fixed Penalty Notice, or FPN. The FPN will typically include an offer of a £60 fine, and this is the maximum that can be levied using this form of punishment. A driving awareness course may be offered as an alternative, but if you challenge an FPN and go to court, this means that you face a much harsher maximum penalty. General speeding penalties can range up to £1,000 while motorway speeding offense carry a maximum fine of £2,500.

Under the government’s proposals, the maximum penalties that drivers face in court will essentially be quadrupled. Being caught speeding on the motorway could lead to a massive £10,000 fine, but only if the case goes to court. Motoring groups have said that this will deter many people from challenging fines and taking their cases to court.

The new speeding fines are just a part of plans to increase all maximum fines. Courts will be able to impose higher fines for any level 1 or level 2 offences, but the changes to speeding laws have been criticised because there has been a decline in average speeds and the number of speeding penalties handed out in recent years.