New Speeding Laws - What Do They Mean?
Posted on 16/05/2017
The new speeding law came into affect at the end of April but what do they mean and how do they effect drivers over the speed limit?
The new speeding fine law came into effect at the end of April but many are still unaware of what the new laws mean and what the outcomes are from breaking the new laws. The speeding fines are tougher than the previous £100 fine and three points on your driving license. The maximum fine before the new law was up to £1,000 and £2,500 if you were caught speeding on the motorway.
The cap of £2,500 and minimum £100 fine and three points remain the same, although offenders can also be charged up to 150% of their weekly income if caught speeding. These are examples of how far over the speed limit you need to be to get over a 150% fine.
20 mph Zone – 41mph & above
30mph Zone – 51 mph & above
40mph Zone – 66mph & above
50mph Zone – 76mph & above
60mph Zone – 91mph & above
70mph Zone – 101mph & above
The fines are divided into three bands; A, B & C, each are representative of how serious the fine is.
Sentencing range Band A (50%) Band B (100%) Band C (150%)
Points/ 3 points 4-6 points or 6 points or
disqualification: 7-28-days 7-56 days
The main change is of the third tier, Band C are for drivers at the top end of Band B with convictions reaching up to 150% of a driver’s gross weekly income, six points or a disqualification of up to 56 days. The fines are capped but drivers in Band C will need to earn a gross annual salary of £46.5k before the caps are triggered.
Alternatives remain the same with speed awareness courses offered in England, Wales & Northern Ireland for minor offences. However decisions lie with police forces and drivers can only undertake one course in a three-year period.