From the 24th April 2017, new powers have been introduced in the UK which aim to tackle the problem of speeding on our roads. These changes are in relation to the amount you can be fined if you are caught speeding.
Previously, if someone was caught speeding the minimum penalty was a £100 fine and 3 penalty points on your license. However, the changes could mean that drivers who are caught for the most serious cases of speeding could be fined one and a half times their weekly take home wage, as well as 6 penalty points on their license or disqualification for up to 56 days.
The fines are based on a banding scheme, with very serious offences (e.g. 51mph or above in a 30mph limit) resulting in a Band C fine which is equivalent to 150% of a person’s weekly income, for less serious offences (e.g. 41-50mph in a 30mph limit) a Band B fine which is equivalent to 100% of a person’s weekly income and for minor speeding offences (31-40mph in a 30mph limit) a Band A fine which is equivalent to 50% of a person’s weekly income.
Although these new powers were introduced in April, it appears that many drivers are not aware that these steeper fines have been introduced. A consumer survey carried out by Honest John found that up to 84% of people were unaware that changes to the penalties were coming into play.
Daniel Powell, of Honest John, commented; “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 serious injuries related to speeding, the new fines policy appears to have entered the law almost unnoticed.”
Fines will be capped at a maximum of £2,500 for people caught speeding on a motorway and £1,000 for people caught speeding on all other roads.
These stricter fines are also in line with penalties which were brought in earlier this year for using a mobile phone whilst driving. Fines and penalties were both doubled from a £100 fine and 3 penalty points to a fine of £200 and 6 penalty points.
Both harsher speeding fines and stricter penalties for using a mobile phone have been introduced to act as a deterrent and reduce the number of avoidable accidents that occur on our roads every year.
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