New Speeding Fines Explained
Back in April, the penalties for speeding in England and Wales changed. Bringing in harsher punishments for people caught speeding. But are you aware of what those changes are?
Speeding offences are listed into bands, displayed below. With the most serious of course getting the higher sentences. The offence refers back to how fast you were going in respect to the set speed limit you are driving in. It is about how much you are driving above the limit, rather than how fast you are going in general.
|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||Band B fine||Band A fine|
|Points/disqualification||Disqualify 7 – 56 days OR 6 points||Disqualify 7 – 28
days OR 4 – 6 points
As you can see for a band C offence you also risk being disqualified for 56 days. But, if the speed you are recorded doing is grossly over the limit then magistrates also have the power to disqualify you from driving for longer than 56 days. A massive consideration if you need your car at work, as this could also lead to you losing your job..
There are also aggravating circumstances to consider that might make the fact you are speeding more dangerous such as weather conditions, carrying a heavy load or towing. Which can lead to harsher sentencing.
So how do the fines work out?
Fine Band A You could pay 25 – 75% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band B You could pay 75 – 125% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band C You could pay 125 – 175% of relevant weekly income
This has changed because the maximum fine used to be 100% of your weekly income so for band C offenders this is a big increase and potentially a huge fine, plus the risk of a disqualification too.
You can read full details of sentencing you can receive on the Sentencing Council’s website.
Safety not Speed
The changes are to address the increases in people being caught for speeding offences and make people think twice before putting their foot down. Remember, speed limits are there for a reason. Did you know that if you hit a pedestrian at 40mph, they have a 90% chance of being killed, at 30mph this reduces to 50% and at 20mph to 10%? Speed limits are there to keep you and the people around you safe.