From April 2017 England and Wales will be seeing a change in speeding laws.
The crackdown on excessive speeding whilst driving will see an increase in the maximum penalty and a change in the way that your penalty is calculated based upon the severity of speeding and your earnings.
All of the changes made to the UK’s driving laws, in particular, the speeding laws, have been made to protect road user’s safety by hitting offenders harder and thereby reduce the likeliness of a repeat offence.
The Specifics to The New Speeding Laws
Currently, in the UK, speeding fines have a minimum penalty of three points on the offender’s licence as well as a minimum £100 fine and a maximum penalty fine of £1000 or £2500 if they are excessively speeding on a motorway (up to 100% of the offenders weekly wage).
However, when the new laws come into effect, this month, the fines will be split into different bands based on the severity of the speeding offence and upon the offender’s wage with a maximum penalty increasing from 100% of the offender’s wage to 150%.
The maximum penalty for excessive speeding on a motorway will remain the same at £2500.
The penalties are to be split into 3 different bands:
A speeding penalty categorised as a Band A would be appropriate if the offender is caught speeding between 31 & 40mph in a 30mph zone and is the least severe band.
In this band, the offender can expect to see a fine equivalent to 50% of their weekly income (on average £240) as well as receive 3 penalty points on their licence.
If you were to look back to 2015, the average speeding fine was just £188.
A speeding penalty categorised as a Band B would be appropriate if the offender is caught speeding between 41 & 50mph in a 30mph zone.
In this case, the offender will face a fine equivalent to 100% of their weekly income (on average £480), as well as 4 penalty points on their licence, or in some cases they may even face disqualification for up to 28 days.
A speeding penalty categorised as a Band C would be appropriate if the offender is caught speeding above 51mph in a 30mph zone.
In this example, the offender will face a fine equivalent to 150% of their weekly income and 6 penalty points on their licence. There may even be a chance, again, of disqualification. This time for a maximum of 56 days.
If disqualified for 56 days or more, then you must reapply for your licence before being permitted on the roads again.
To give you an example of a fine in Band C, if anybody earning a minimum of £25,000 a year receives a fine equivalent to 150% of their weekly wage, this would mean a minimum penalty fine of £720.
The most severe speeding cases will be charged with a Band C penalty and are based upon the below speed limits
20mph; Travelling 41mph+
30mph; Travelling 51mph +
40mph; Travelling 66mph +
50mph; Travelling 76-85 +
60mph; Travelling 91mph +
70mph; Travelling 101mph +
When Do the New Laws Come Into Effect
The new laws come into effect as of 24th April 2017.
If you have been penalised for speeding and would like some advice then get in touch with our friendly and helpful motoring offence team by calling 01484 300 199