New speeding fines reflect offenders’ weekly income in UK.

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Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road incidents in the UK at present. With 1,732 road deaths in 2015, UK government has aimed to increase safety on the roads by introducing new rules and regulations which will encourage motorists to think twice before abusing the speed limit.

In accordance with these statistics, UK government enforced stricter speeding penalties on the 24th of April this year.

Say goodbye to fixed fines, fines will now range from 50-150% of the offender’s weekly income (using bands A, B and C). Band A offenders can expect to be fined 50% of their weekly income, 100% to be fined from those within Band B and 150% fined in Band C.

Table is taken from gov.uk website
Speeding fines 2017 in the uk

There has been word of implications to the fine that will aggravate the amount such as a reduction if caught speeding due to an emergency or increased in the case of a repeat offender. Other aggravating factors include:

  • Driving LGV, HGV, PSV etc
  • Carrying passengers or heavy load
  • Location (I.E near a school)
  • Poor weather conditions

Factors reducing include:

  • No previous convictions
  • Good character and/or exemplary conduct
  • Case of genuine emergency
  • Zero tolerance for repeat offenders, who will receive 3 or more points on their licence.

The new limit to these new sentencing fines: £2500 for those caught on the motorway and £1000 everywhere else.

Sources:

https://www.allianzebroker.co.uk/news-and-insight/news/new-speeding-fines-what-you-need-to-know.html

https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/offences/item/speeding-revised-2017/

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/533293/rrcgb-main-results-2015.pdf