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New Speeding Penalties Explained

New Speeding Penalties Explained


Swansway Group looks at what speeding fines could mean for you should you find yourself facing one. Let us know your thoughts!

In this blog we'll look at the current speeding penalties in the UK. 

Speeding penalties are split into three categories of severity with drivers effectively being means tested by the courts who can issue a fine of up to 150 per cent of their weekly income

For the most serious speeding offences drivers will get a fine of one and half times what they take home each week up to a maximum of £1,000 for speeding on a main, minor or urban road or up to £2,500 for a motorway violation.

Courts will always have the option of sending a driver to jail for the very worst cases or offering a speed awareness course instead of points for the lesser ones.

Although the headline figure of 150 per cent is the maximum, drivers straying even a little over the speed limit can still be fined half of their weekly pay.

The three bands are A, B and C which go from the most minor transgressions to C, the worst.

For example, in a 30 mph zone a Band A case would be for someone doing between 30 and 40, Band B 41 to 50 and Band C 50 or more.

The respective fines would be 50, 100 and 150 per cent of income respectively. Points or bands will still be issued with three points for the minor offences, six for the Band B and C drivers.

And police forces still have guidelines – but they are only that, not hard and fast rules – that they will allow a leeway of 10 per cent of the limit plus two mph before prosecuting. So, for example, in a 40 zone that would be four mph plus two which makes 46 mph. The reason for this is that speedometers are not always completely accurate and drivers pose more risk if their eyes are glued to the gauge instead of the road.

Neil Worth, road safety officer for the GEM (Guild of Experienced Motorists) said:

Illegal or inappropriate speeds remain a significant road safety problem. If more people complied with speed limits, there would be fewer deaths and injuries on our roads; it’s as simple as that. We therefore welcome the increase in fines, as we know the enforcement of speed limits plays a vital role in road safety.The new structure has been broadly welcomed by road safety campaigners who say that many lives could be saved if drivers kept to the limits. Not only does speeding reduce the amount of time and space they have to react but any consequent impact is going to be a lot more serious.

As drivers and riders, we are all responsible for the speeds we choose. No one can tell us to break the speed limit. So we urge every driver and rider to take that responsibility seriously and to play their part in making our roads safer.”

At Swansway Group, we’re always careful to stick to the speed limits, after all they’re in place to help keep all road users safe.  Find out what the new speeding fines could mean to you by using our clever Speeding Fines Calculator

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