New sentencing guidelines for magistrates will mean higher penalties for drivers who commit the most serious speeding offences.
Fines will start from 150% of their weekly income for motorists caught travelling above the speed limit. This a significant increase from the previous level of 100% of their weekly earnings.
The new speeding fine rules will come into play from April 24th 2017 onward. Current guidelines mean the most serious speeding offences will land culprits with a fine capped at £1,000, however this rises to £2,500 if the offence is committed on a motorway. It means, for example, someone who is sentenced for driving at 101mph or faster in a 70mph zone will now be dealt with in a more severe bracket.
The current minimum fine of £100 and three points will still remain according to www.gov.uk. Law abiding citizens with a clean licence may still be able to circumvent the points hit by attending a speed awareness course. Previous speeders will not be extended such opportunities seeing their points total climb further.
The Sentencing Council said the move aims to ensure there is a ‘clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases’.
It follows responses to a consultation arguing previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the limit rises.
Speeding is one of a number of areas covered in new sentencing guidelines for magistrates’ courts in England and Wales.
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