After tougher penalties were introduced for using your phone while driving last month, the fines you could face for speeding are about to go up too.
Speeding drivers will face tougher penalties from today when new sentencing guidelines take effect. Now speeding drivers responsible for the most serious offences can be hit with harsher fines under strict new rules for judges and magistrates. The new sentencing guidelines are designed to make drivers “think twice” before exceeding the speed limit.
Currently the minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points added to your driving licence, with a maximum fine of £1,000 or £2,500 for motorway offences. When the new guidelines come in, fines will be determined in categories – a Band A fine is 50% of someone’s weekly income, Band B is 100% and Band C is 150%.
For example, someone who is sentenced for driving at 51mph or faster in a 30mph zone will now be dealt with in Band C at 150% of their weekly income and not the previous level of 100%. And as well as a penalty, these drivers still face the prospect of points on their licence or even disqualification. But remember these guidelines only apply to drivers going to court for their speeding offences.
In addition speeding drivers with a clean licence may still be able to avoid the points by attending a Speed Awareness course. However drivers with points for speeding will not be extended such opportunities, potentially seeing their points total climb higher. There is still issue of drivers with in excess of 12 points still being allowed to drive, but nothing in the new guidelines addresses this.
The average speeding fine in 2015 was £188 with over 150,000 drivers being caught by speed cameras and police patrols. The majority of these fines were the current minimum of £100 and three points which will still remain according to www.gov.uk. Hopefully these new guidelines will deter some of the most serious offenders from driving on our roads at excessive speeds.