New legislation due to come into effect will see motorists caught speeding on roads in England and Wales pay fines as high as £2,500. The rules are changing on 24 April and fines will be based on how much the offending driver earns and how far over the speed limit he or she is.
The Sentencing Council for England and Wales said the increase in penalties is a reflection of how serious the offence is considered. Current fines of between £100 and £1,000 will increase to a maximum 175 per cent of what the offender earns per week.
The new rules say the upper cap for one speeding offence will be £2,500. The new speeding fines will be split into three levels. Band A fines will apply to anything up to 11mph over the speed limit applicable in the zone where the offence takes place.
Band B will apply to speeds between 11mph and 21mph over the limit and Band C to anything above 21mph. For the latter, the applicable fine will be between 125 and 175 per cent of the driver’s weekly wage and up to a maximum of £2,500.
Fines in Band B will begin at 75 per cent of the driver’s weekly pay to a maximum 125 per cent. Band A offences will see the driver forfeit between 25 and 75 per cent of his or her weekly wage. Although the fines for speeding are going up, speed awareness courses will still be an option for first-time offenders.