Drivers face hike in speeding fines from today
24th April, 2017

Speeding fines for the most serious cases in England and Wales will rise by up to 50% from today (Monday, April 24) after new sentencing guidelines took effect.

The previous limit for a speeding fine was 100% of the driver’s weekly wage, up to £1,000 or £2,500 if they were caught on a motorway.

However, under the new guidelines a driver caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, or 101mph on a motorway, could be fined 150% of their weekly income – although the upper cash limit will stay the same. The Government announced the increase earlier this year.

Brake, the road safety charity, has welcomed a series of measures to get tough on drivers who break speed limits.

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.”

Breaking the speed limit or travelling too fast for conditions was recorded (by police at crash scenes) as a contributory factor of 23% of fatal crashes in 2015.

A Brake survey found that four in 10 (40%) UK drivers admitted they sometimes drive at 30mph in 20mph zones.

(Article courtesy of Fleet News)