New tougher punishments for speeding offences have come into force across England and Wales.
Under new guidelines introduced by the Sentencing Council on 24 April 2017, Band C fines, which are the most severe, could result in offenders facing fines of up to 175% of their weekly income.
Fines for drivers caught doing 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway will start from 150% of weekly income, rather than the previous level of 100%.
The maximum fine remains the same, meaning a speeding driver cannot be fined more than £1,000 unless the offence takes place on a motorway, where the limit is £2,500.
Drivers will continue to have points added to their licence and could also be disqualified depending on the offence.
The Sentencing Council, which is responsible for developing sentencing guidelines and monitoring their use, introduced the change because it wanted a ‘clear increase in penalty’ as the seriousness of offending rose and felt that previous punishments did not reflect the ‘potential harm’ that speeding can do.
Sentencing guidelines are set out in the table below however magistrates will also have the power to adjust the punishment based on a range of factors including whether the offender has previous driving convictions.
|Band C||Band B||Band A|
|20||41 and above||31-41||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|
|Points/disqualification||Disqualified 7 to 56 days or 6 points||Disqualified 7 to 28 days or 4 to 6 points||3 points|