Blog Post - Tougher penalties for speeding offences

The last five years has seen the number of speeding offences rise by 44%. So it’s no surprise that the government has decided to get even tougher on drivers who break the limits.

Whilst most drivers will readily agree that ‘speed kills’, few of us have a completely clean conscience when it comes to so-called ‘minor’ infringements.

In reality, just a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. And with over 7,500 casualties reported each year where speed is a contributory factor, the new penalties are designed to make motorists think twice before pressing the accelerator pedal.

The new rules came into force on April 24th and apply to any driver convicted of an offence which took place on or after this date.

Until this point, a driver would face a charge of anything up to 100% of their weekly income, with a minimum £100 fine and three penalty points.

This has been changed to a banding system based on the severity of the offence, with the worst offenders facing a fine up to 175% of their weekly income.

The full range of penalties are shown below but, as an example, based on the average national salary of £27,600, anyone caught driving at 69mph in a 50mph zone would face the following penalties:

  • Starting point fine: £530.77 (100% of income)
  • Minimum fine: £398.08 (75% of income)
  • Maximum fine: £663.46 (125% of income)

Drivers may also be banned for up to 28 days or incur four to six penalty points. Anyone caught speeding for the first time may be able to avoid the increased penalties if they agree to attend a speed awareness course. However they will need to pay for the privilege, and this offer will not be open to repeat offenders, or for any of the more serious offences.

Click here to download our June 2017 newsletter containing the full range of speeding fines and penalties.