Speeding drivers face stricter penalties with fines set to rocket based on earnings.
New rules came in to effect in England and Wales from Sunday 24th April 2017 (not Scotland yet) which means offenders could now be charged up to 175% of their weekly income.
SPEEDING FINES – NEW GUIDELINES
Those caught driving at more than 101mph in a 70mph speed limit could be disqualified for up to 56 days and incur a fine of between 125% and 175% of their relevant weekly income.
If you are caught speeding between 31 and 40mph in a 30mph zone, you will get 3 penalty points and a fine of between 25 and 75% of your weekly income.
Many drivers currently get away without points and a fine by paying for a speed awareness course (which is not an option in Scotland).
A study by TRUE Solicitors revealed that speeding offences are the most common UK driving offence.
The new sentencing structure has been designed to produce a sufficient deterrent to reduce the number of speeding drivers.
HOW WILL THIS AFFECT ME?
Your fine could be huge if you are a high earner.
The starting point for speeding fines is £100 and 3 penalty points.
Penalties are capped at £1,000 on public roads and £2,500 on motorways.
HOW MUCH WILL I BE FINED IF I AM CAUGHT SPEEDING?
Speeding fines are now split in to three bands which rate the severity of the offence based on the speed limit.
Band A refers to an offence that is between 1mph and 10mph over the stated speed limit.
For example, a band A speeding offence in a 20mph zone would be from 21mph to 30mph. The starting point for a Band A fine is 25% – 75% of your weekly income and 3 penalty points.
Band B is 11mph to 20mph above the stated speed limit.
For example, a Band B speeding offence in a 30mph zone would be from 41mph – 50mph.
Band B starting point = 75% – 125% of your weekly income, 4 – 6 penalty points or disqualification from driving for up to 28 days.
Band C is 21mph and above the stated speed limit.
Band C starting point = 125% – 175% of your weekly income, 6 penalty points or disqualification from driving for up to 56 days. You will need to apply for a new driving licence if you are disqualified for 56 days or more.
One motorist took a leaf out of my book and beat a speeding fine on temporary roadworks on the M5 by 47 minutes!
I beat the Isle of Man Constabulary’s own lawyers on a scenario similar to this and cancelled a Court Summons.
The Road Traffic Act cuts both ways. Have you been affected by the new tiered speeding fines? How well do you know the Road Traffic Act and how to cancel speeding fines and parking tickets?