Tougher punishments for speeding offences introduced

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Punishments for speeding offences in England and Wales have just got stricter.

New guidelines now mean bikers and drivers can be fined between 125 and 175 per cent of their weekly wage, depending on the severity of the offence.

But despite the changes, maximum fines still cannot exceed £1,000 unless the offence takes place on a motorway where the maximum fine would be £2,500.

What are the new speeding fines?

There are now three bands to speeding punishments with Band A covering minor speeding offences.

Band A would apply to someone with a recorded speed up to 10mph over the speed limit in 20 and 30mph zones, and between 15 and 20mph over the speed limit in 40, 50, 60 and 70mph zones.

For example, someone recorded between 21 and 30mph in a 20mph zone, or between 71 and 90mph in a 70mph zone, would be in line for a Band A punishment.

Band A punishments will result in a fine of between 25 to 75 per cent of the offenders weekly wage, along with a three point penalty.

Band B fines equate to 75 to 125 per cent of an offender’s weekly income and would be triggered by recorded speeds in excess of 11mph over the speed limit, peaking at up to 30mph breaches of the limit.

For example, a motorist caught between 31 to 40mph in a 20mph zone would qualify for a Band B fine and a disqualification between seven to 28 days or four to six points on their licence.

To receive a Band C fine, motorists would need to be in serious breaches of speed limits, equating to between 21 to 31mph over the speed limit.

In a 20mph zone this would be a recorded speed of 41mph and over and in a 70mph zone it would equate to 101mph or over.

The fine for a Band C offence is between 125 and 175 per cent of an offenders weekly income, along with a seven to 56 day disqualification or six points on their licence.

Full breakdown of speeding offences and their punishments under the new guidelines

UK speeding offences and their punishments – Band A
Speed Limit (mph)Recorded Speed
2021-30
3031-40
4041-55
5051-65
6061-80
7071-90
Fine/Points or Disqualification25-75% and three points

UK speeding offences and their punishments – Band B
Speed Limit (mph)Recorded Speed
2031-40
3041-50
4056-65
5066-75
6081-90
7091-100
Fine/Points or Disqualification75-125% and seven-28 days or four-six points

UK speeding offences and their punishments – Band C
Speed Limit (mph)Recorded Speed
2041 and above
3051 and above
4066 and above
5076 and above
6091 and above
70101 and above
Fine/Points or Disqualification125-175% and seven-56 days or six points

Source: The Sentencing Council

Who determines punishment?

While it’s individual police officers or speed cameras that will record an offender’s breach of the speed limit, it’s magistrates who are tasked with sentencing offenders.

These new guidelines must be followed by magistrates and should only be ignored if it’s not in the interest of justice to do so.

Why have the changes been introduced?

Punishments have become stricter to combat the number of people killed on UK roads as a result of speeding.

In 2015, almost 250 Brits were killed as a result of a driver breaking the speed limit while breaking the speed limit or travelling too fast for conditions was recorded by police as a contributing factor to 23 per cent of fatal crashes.

Unsurprisingly, the changes have been well received by road safety campaigns with Brake leading the way with its support.

Gary Rae, campaigns director for Brake, said: “Toughening the fines and penalties for speeding is long overdue.

“As a charity that offers a support service to families bereaved and injured in road crashes, we see every day the consequences of speeding on our roads. I hope that magistrates ensure the new sentences are consistently applied.”

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