As of today, 24 April 2017, the penalties for drivers breaking the speed limit in the UK are changing.
Having the courts deal with your speeding case will now have them use a 3 branded system as recommended by the Sentencing Council.
But unlike drink driving campaigns and the changes to dialling and driving laws, it would seem that the government have not kept the public as well informed.
A very recent survey undertaken by the motoring law website honestjohn.co.uk, around 80% of UK motorists have no idea as to how the new speeding laws are going to change things.
The new speeding laws will see courts have the power to fine a driver up to 175% of their weekly wage, depending on the severity of their offence. However, for the higher earners amongst you, the government has created a cap on the fines to £1,000 or £2,500 if the offence took place on a motorway.
The changes could well mean that a person who earns £50,000 per year and who was caught at 41mph in a 20mph zone may now receive a fine of £1,000.
Daniel Powell, Managing Editor of the motoring law website honestjohn.co.uk stated: “While most people agree that excessive speed has no place on our roads, and that greater deterrents are likely to reduce the amount of deaths and injuries related to speeding, the new fines policy appears to have entered the law almost unnoticed.”
Powell also commented that whereas the new fines are a clear deterrent, the real issue is stopping people speeding in the first place.
He continued: “One very real concern is that, while speeding is easier to police, there are greater road safety concerns attached to driver distraction than creeping slightly over the speed limit.
“If sentencing guidelines for speeding are heading this way, then in an era of more connectivity behind the wheel, we should be addressing concerns around mobile phone use, in-car app and sat nav distractions in much the same way.
“Harsher fines are a deterrent, but we can’t help but think a better, more modern approach to driver education would have a greater influence on road safety.”
The Sentencing Council has introduced a new 3 tier system to calculate both fines and penalty points based upon speed.
BAND A – is for drivers who speed up to 10mph over the limit. For this, they can expect 3 penalty points and a fine around 50% of their weekly wage. However, the court has the discretion to impose a fine between 25% and 75% of the driver’s weekly wage.
BAND B – is for drivers who speed between 11mph and 20mph over the limit. For this, they can expect 4 to 6 penalty points and a fine around 100% of their weekly wage. However, the court has the discretion to impose a fine between 75% and 125% of the driver’s weekly wage.
BAND C – is for drivers who speed of 21mph and above over the limit. For this, they can expect 6 penalty points and a fine around 150% of their weekly wage. However, the court has the discretion to impose a fine between 125% and 175% of the driver’s weekly wage.
In order to keep you abreast of the new developments, we have created an easy ready reckoner which you can find below.
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