A new wave of stricter speeding fines hit England and Wales in April 2017, so it’s vital that you’re aware of the new rules before you get behind the wheel. It’s no good slowing down for the speed cameras if and when you spot them, as drivers caught speeding are now being fined up to 150% of their weekly income. It’s time to start taking speed limits seriously if you want to keep hold of your licence and your hard-earned cash!
What are the new rules?
Well, the drivers who’ll be hardest hit are the ones who break the speed limit by a significant margin. This is where the 150% of weekly income fine may be applied; up from the previous limit of 100%.
For example, you might find yourself in really hot water if you’re going:
- 41mph or above in a 20mph zone
- 51mph or above in a 30mph zone
- 66mph or above in a 40mph zone
- 76mph or above in a 50mph zone
- 91mph or above in a 60mph zone
- 101mph or above in a 70mph zone
While the upper limit for speeding fines – £1,000 on regular roads and up to £2,500 on motorways – is still in place, the stricter parameters should be enough to persuade you to keep a closer eye on your speedometer. It’s also worth remembering that the disqualification rules haven’t changed, so you could still lose your licence if you commit a serious infringement or are a repeat offender.
What will I have to pay if I’m caught?
- Band A
In the lowest bracket, for example driving at between 21mph and 30mph in a 20mph zone, you can expect 3 points on your licence and a fine of around 50% of your weekly income.
- Band B
In the middle bracket, for example driving at 31mph to 40mph in a 20mph zone, you can expect 4 to 6 points on your licence, or disqualification for between 7 and 28 days, plus a fine of 100% of your weekly income.
- Band C
In the highest bracket, for example driving at 41mph or above in a 20mph zone, you’ll likely get 6 points on your licence or disqualification for between 7 and 56 days, plus a fine of 150% of your weekly income.
How can I be caught?
Most drivers are caught on speed cameras these days. You’ll know if you were speeding if you see a double flash as you drive past, but hopefully you’ll be sticking to the speed limit and will be immune to the speed cameras as a result!
Average speed cameras are particularly deadly as they don’t flash you, so watch out for those. They monitor your average speed over a set distance, and if you’re found to be exceeding the limit you’ll get the dreaded letter.
Other modes of detection include mobile speed camera vans, speed traps and police speed guns or cameras. So if you’re speeding on a regular basis, you’re likely to be caught sooner rather than later. If you can’t afford to pay a hefty speeding fine, get points on your licence and risk disqualification, take notice of any speed limit signs and stick to them.
Is there any leniency?
Speeding fines may vary depending on the circumstances. For example, if you’re doing 50mph past a school on a 20mph road when children are trying to cross the road, you’re likely to be hit with the full force of the law.
There may be situations where you had a particular reason for speeding. Your partner being in labour is the classic example given. However, it’s up to the magistrates to decide whether to show leniency, and it’s always better to avoid the risk and stick to the limits. They’re there to keep us safe, after all.
Find out more
To learn more about the recent changes, visit The Think Campaign.