From 24th April 2017, a new set of stricter rules was introduced by the government to clamp down on speeding motorists in the UK.
The new set of rules could see those breaking the speeding limits face increased fines starting at 150% (up 50%) from the current 100% of their weekly salary.
These harsher fines would apply to ‘Band C offenders’ – motorists who are caught driving ‘significantly’ over the speed limit.
Under the current scheme, fines for Band C offenders start from a sum equal to 100% of their weekly income.
Motorists caught speeding could still also be banned from driving for up to 56 days or get 6 points on their license.
For those breaking the limit by just a couple of miles, nothing will really change from the cost of current fines issued.
Currently, the maximum fine for breaking the speed limit is £1000, or £2,500 if caught on a motorway. The £2,500 cap will stay the same, but more offenders will be handed the highest level fines.
According to www.gov.uk, fixed penalty notices will stay the same with a minimum fine of £100 and 3 points.
Law abiding drivers with a clean license may still be able to prevent receiving points hit by attending a speed awareness course.
Motorists with previous speeding convictions will not be offered such opportunities seeing their points increase even further.
Band A offence example:
If you were caught travelling at a recorded speed of 36mph in a 30mph zone you would be prosecuted under Band A rulings.
3 points will go on your driving license.
The initial fine would be £265.38 – 50% of your weekly wage.
Depending on the circumstances the final figure could range between: £132.69 (25% of your weekly wage) and £398.08 (75% of your weekly wage).
Below is a table detailing the adjustments:
Starting point Range
Fine Band A 50% of weekly income 25 – 75% of weekly income
Fine Band B 100% of weekly income 75 – 125% of weekly income
Fine Band C 150% of weekly income 125 – 175% of weekly income
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