Tougher punishments for speeding in England and Wales
On the 24th April tougher punishments were introduced for people caught speeding in England and Wales.
The new guidelines will see drivers caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone or 101mph on a motorway fined up to 175% of their weekly income. Previously this was capped at 100%.
The new regulations are a great way to deter regular speed offenders; it should make people think twice before pushing over 100mph on a motorway.
The new fines are broken down into bands A to C, with A being the lowest of the fines and C being the highest.
|Speed limit (mph)||Recorded speed (mph)|
|20||41 and above||31-40||21-30|
|30||51 and above||41-50||31-40|
|40||66 and above||56-65||41-55|
|50||76 and above||66-75||51-65|
|60||91 and above||81-90||61-80|
|70||101 and above||91-100||71-90|
|Sentencing range||Band C fine (125-175% of weekly income)||Band B fine (75-125% of weekly income)||Band A fine (25-75% of weekly income)|
|Ban or Points||Seven to 56 days or six points||Seven to 28 days or four to six points||Three points|
Although the fines state up to 175% of your weekly salary there is still a cap on the amount that you can be charged. For non-motorway offences there is a cap of a £1,000 and for motorway offences £2,500.
The new fines will certainly hurt anyone caught speeding but they should also serve as a good deterrent and make anyone thinking of breaking the speed limit less likely to do so.
The only issue we see here is being up to 175% of your weekly salary will hurt ‘regular’ earners a lot more than people earning a lot more as the fine is capped at £2,500. We will have to see how the changes work out over the coming months.