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New, Higher, Fines For Reckless Speeding Drivers In April 2017

Speeding motorists face their comeuppance for jeopardising the safety of fellow road users via new, higher, fines

How Magistrates' Courts speeding fines work

Motorists that speed and risk the lives of mothers, fathers, children and other innocent parties can now be fined 150% of their weekly income by Magistrates' Courts in England and Wales, The Sentencing Council revealed. That is a 50% rise. However, fines remain capped at £1,000 increasing to £2,500 for motorway offences.

The perpetrators – that presumably feel they have a right to ignore laws that keep everyone safe – receive a Band A, B or C fine. Consider speeding in a 30mph zone, for starters. The fines include:

  • Band A: 31mph to 40mph (50% of weekly income)
  • Band B: 41mph to 50mph (100% of weekly income)
  • Band C: 51mph+ (150% of weekly income)

Further Sentencing Council Bands, related speed limits and the percentage of weekly income offenders can be fined are shown below.

Speed Limit In mphBand A - Vehicle Speed in mph (50% Weekly Income)Band B - Vehicle Speed in mph (100% Weekly Income)Band C - Vehicle Speed in mph (150% Weekly Income)
2021 - 3031 - 4041+
3031 - 4041 - 5051+
4041 - 5556 - 6566+
5051 - 6566 - 7576+
6061 - 8081 - 9091+
7071 - 9091 - 100101+

Motorists face further consequences for risking the lives, health and mental well-being of their fellow citizens. Penalty points increase the cost of motor insurance, for example. Those that collect too many get a ban. There is social stigma to consider too.

Each Band is associated with a points total or ban. See below:

  • Band A: 3 points
  • Band B: 4 to 6 points (or 7 to 28 day disqualification)
  • Band C: 6 points (or 7 to 56 day disqualification)

Aggravating circumstance

Magistrates' Courts have power to raise penalties for the most serious, selfish and reckless speeders, The Sentencing Council said. Courts therefore consider aggravating factors. These include:

  • Previous convictions
  • Offence committed while on bail
  • Offence committed on licence or post sentence supervision
  • Poor road or weather conditions
  • Driving heavy goods vehicle
  • Towing a caravan or trailer
  • Carrying passengers or heavy load
  • Driving for hire or reward
  • Unacceptable driving over and above speeding
  • Location e.g. close to a school
  • High level of traffic or pedestrians in the vicinity

Mitigating circumstance

Magistrates' Courts, in contrast, have the authority to impose lighter punishment in some cases. Mitigating circumstances include:

  • No previous convictions or no relevant/recent convictions
  • Good character and/or exemplary conduct
  • Genuine emergency

Would a car speedo accurately register 21 mph or 31 mph or 41mph etc. ?

So young drivers with a low income or maybe unemployed will pay less than a fulltime and good salary individual. The young speeders will love this.

No, but a speed camera with road markings will, or a calibrated speed gun

Surely the law should be the same for all including fines, so does that mean someone on the dole don't pay any thing ??

Thieves the lot of them, just another stealth tax on motorists!!!! where do the fines go? Just another ploy to raise revenue!!!!!!!!!! Absolute disgrace!!!!!!!!!

Nothing has changed regarding it being illegal to go just one mile per hour over the speed limit. No, car speedos are not usually accurate to 1mph, but they are supposed to read above (and not below) the actual speed if not carefully calibrated. Most manufacturers set their speedos to read a little above the actual speed as this is allowed. So when you are doing 31 in a 30 limit the chances are that your speedo says 32 or 33.

Presumably this only applies if a fixed penalty is not being used? If so this means a heavier penalty for anyone who wants to plead their innocent and fails!

I don't have a problem with this per se, but the speed limits need to be clearly signed especially on roads where you might expect the limit to be higher, for instance dual carriageways with a limit of less than the standard 60mph. I know there are guiding features like lamp post spacing but in a place you don't know, when traffic is heavy it is way to easy to miss the signs. A stretch of dual carrigeway just south of Coventry comes to mind where a dual carriageway is restricted to 40 and as far as I remember there is only one sign, I was lucky but I've observed the Speed Camera beyond catching almost every car! The 20mph zone may also be a potential problem, as you point out car speedos are designed to over read slightly and my speedo as checked against my satnav indeed does that except at 20mph where it seems to consistently under read, I've checked this in places where there is no question of the satnav's accuracy being compromised by surrounding buildings.

does this mean those with no decernable income will get away with the lowest band as this was tried before and the wealth paid the least because thay had no incme on paper

Totally agree Warren.

A friend of mine, who was a policeman , says the road traffic act says a leeway of 3mph must be allowed before being stopped ,which allows for incorrect Speedos . Also are you expected to drive with your eyes fixed on the speedo and not the road ? !!!

Actually the speed limit on a dual carriageway is 70mph

Of course that's the main idea! Anyone who owns a £40K plus vehicle would not be paying any fines at all! But the poor and unemployed will be!

What happens when the sign says 40 but an older person in an older car, 5 cars in front of you is doing 30 and hogging the single carriage way, won't go any faster nor allow anyone to pass? Isn't that worth a fine too??

oh you poor motorist! do not speed and you won't have to pay will you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes I was wondering what will count as income. Is it defined anywhere in the new rules?

A road is designated a dual carriageway when there is a central reservation, either a concrete one, bank of grass or metal barrier. There is no set speed limit for a dual carriageway. You can have ones in a residential area that are still only 30mph. There is a flyover which is a dual carriageway in Cardiff which is 30mph and because it remains so after changing from a single carriageway road, only has a small repeater sign as opposed to the larger speed limit sign which is displayed when there is a change of speed limit. Drivers frequently speed on it as they think they same was as you that speed limit must be 70mph and they don't notice the repeater sign. I had a learner doing 37mph on his test being reminded by the examiner what the speed actually was and of course he failed his test. So look out for the speed limit as it could be 30mph, 40mph, 50mph or national speed limit.

Yes all agreed, I meant the national speed limit is 70mph unless otherwise signed

Just because the sign says 40, it doesn't mean you have to do 40, particularly if the road conditions are less than ideal. There are many times when it is completely inappropriate to travel at the maximum speed a road sign states, and unfortunately many drivers seem to disregard the reality of the road conditions in favour of getting from A to B a couple of minutes earlier (or having an accident instead and perhaps never arriving at all). Besides increasing the fines for speeding, which I wholly agree with, it's a great shame that penalties haven't been increased for the offence of tailgating, something often done by the very people that want to do the speeding!!

Absolutely right Bryan. No speeding = No problem

The unemployed shouldn't be able to afford to drive anyway . It's a luxury and shouldn't be funded by the government / tax payer . They are given a amount which they need to live on. Use your legs or get a job to pay for it !!

First, learn how to write English. Secondly, If you live in the country and have a condition where you are unable to work how do you go shopping. You're just one of these prats that think all unemployed just don't want to work. Hopefully the time will come when you can't work and your attitude will change.

Spot on Warren

Unless they are disabled and cannot work or motability has taken there car back because DWP cut their money and while waiting for their appeal are housebound, Its all about money and getting people to argue amongst themselves while real crimes are being committed against us, wakey wakey people, why cash and not jail time? when you are on your knees in front off the very people you voted to run the country now run you the sheeple!

The speed limit for the road is 40 mph. It means that you can drive up to 40 mph. It does not say that you must drive at 40 mph. One has to take in consideration the condition of the road, the weather, the passenger in the car. In the case of the latter if a passenger is bad traveller and gets car sick, you can speed and swerve along to make the passenger sick. It will distract you the driver for example. You have to keep the driving driving steady in order not toSo 40 mph make the passenger ill. So 40 mph does not mean you have to drive to the top limit of the road speed. So you drive safely according to the situation.

I agree somewhat with you. But what if the driver is the only one in the car and all the conditions for driving at 40 mph is ideal? Should that person drive slowly to hold everyone else up to create more pollution?

Quite right that a speed limit is a maximim. Motorists are allowed a 10% leeway on speeding penalties. Therefore motorists should be aware that 20=22, 30=33, 50=55 and so on. Practically no speed camera will activate below 80mph in 70 zones. But I would be interested to read from those where that has not been the case, for example a speed camera (not a mobile camera or a traffic officer) which triggered at 77,78 or 79.99 mph. I am sure some authorities are more zealous than others. On motorways one is likely to be stopped for driving at under 40mph because that is considered to be a hazard.