Changes to speeding fines

On April 24th 2017, speeding fines changed in the UK, and motorists found exceeding the speed limit started facing higher penalties.

What changed

Previously, if you were caught driving at a higher speed than the speed limit, you received a minimum fine of £100, and three penalty points on your licence.

From 24th April, if you’re caught speeding, you could be fined up to 175% of your weekly income, plus penalty points or even disqualification, depending on the severity.

How are the new fines worked out?

 Speed limit (mph)  Recorded speed (mph)
 20 21 - 30  31 - 40  41 and above 
 30  31 - 40  41 - 50  51 and above
 40  41 - 55   56 - 65 66 and above 
 50  51 - 65 66 - 75 76 and above 
 60  61 - 80  81 - 90  91 and above
 70 71 - 90  91 - 100  101 and above 
 Sentencing range Band A fine  Band B fine  Band C fine 
 Points/disqualification 3 points  Disqualification for 7-28 days OR 4-6 points  Disqualification for 7-56 days OR 6 points 

 

Band Starting point Range
Band A 50% of weekly income 25 - 75% of weekly income
Band B 100% of weekly income 75 - 125% of weekly income
Band C 150% of weekly income 125 - 175% of weekly income
 

Tables: Sentencing Council

The court will have the ability to make adjustments based on any aggravating or mitigating factors, such as previous convictions and weather conditions. This could result in an upward or downward amendment from the original sentence.

Did you know?

166,695 people in England and Wales were sentenced for speeding offences in 2015, and 166,216 were fined.

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