If caught speeding, you may be billed with a staggering £2,500 fine, which is 150% more than the current £1000 maximum penalty
British motorists are preparing to be hit in the pocket once again, as the fines for being caught speeding are set to change this April.
Green flag warned motorists in February this year about the change, which is charged based upon your weekly wage.
On April 24th the new laws will be enforced and if followed up as radically as the increased mobile phone-use penalty, which came into fruition on March 1st, drivers breaking the law will be given no mercy.
Green Flag wrote in their blog:
“Speeding drivers will soon face much higher fines and stricter penalties. On April 24 2017, new guidelines set by the Sentencing Council will come into effect in the UK.
“Those caught driving at more than 101mph in a 70mph speed limit could be disqualified for up to 56 days and get a fine of between 125 and 175 per cent of their relevant weekly income.
“Although the motorway fines have taken the headlines, drivers are most likely to be affected by the new fines and penalties on slower roads.
“If you are caught at between 31 and 40mph in a 30mph zone you will get three penalty points and a fine of between 25 and 75 per cent of your weekly income. Currently many drivers get away without points and a fine by paying for a speed awareness course.”
The UK police force are rather lenient towards drivers who marginally exceed the speed limit, with contingency’s such as tachometer and speed camera calibration taken into account. However these new laws could mean that you face a penalty for exceeding the maximum speed limit on a road by just one mile-per-hour if caught.
To elaborate on the new law, if caught speeding, your fine and ban/points will be worked out based upon your relevant weekly wage. The more you earn per week, the more you pay. The current law works on fixed-fees and points, but from April 24th 2017, that’s all about to change.
Speeding Fines will be divided into three ‘bands’: A, B and C – all depending on the seriousness of the offence.
Band A: 1-10mph over the speed limit. A fine of 25-75 percent of weekly wage.
Band B: 11-21mph over the speed limit. A fine of 75-125 percent of weekly wage.
Band C: 21+ mph over the speed limit. A fine of 125-175 percent of weekly wage.
A ‘band C’ will hit you in the pocket the worst, with a maximum 175% of your wage being charged, along with any ban or points you receive.
Ignorance is no excuse
See the below image for more clarity or visit the sentencing council website for the full remit. Telling a police officer you didn’t know about the new law is not an excuse or justification.
The Sentencing Council, the body which determines the punishments for UK lawbreakers, said fines are being increased to ensure that there is a “clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases”.
The Speed Awareness course will remain an option for qualifying offenders.