New sentencing guidelines have come into force in England and Wales which mean stricter speeding penalties. The changes, which took effect on 24th April are designed to reflect the significantly increased danger posed by the most reckless driver. The Sentencing Council said it wanted "a clear increase in penalty" as the seriousness of offending increases.
The higher penalties will apply to drivers whose speeding offence falls into the most serious category, bands B and C. Under the new rules drivers can be charged up to 175 percent of their weekly wage for a serious offence or up to 50 percent for a minor breach. A three band system will determine the severity of an offence.
What this means and how this could affect you
Details of the various speeding bands are set out in the table below.
Chris Brown, head of the Crime and Defence Department comments "Many will see these fines as part of the ongoing campaign against drivers. In reality however, fines have fallen out of line with inflationary increases over a long period of time. These changes mark a return to speeding fines having a significant financial impact on motorists alleged to have committed offences. With much more at stake, getting solid legal advice from motoring experts such as Fosters is crucial to advise on the correct plea, and where appropriate, to significantly reduce the final bill through skilled mitigation."