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Speeding fines are going up next week - here is everything you need to know about the new penalties

PUBLISHED: 11:43 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:15 21 April 2017

Average speed cameras are now in place on the A17 between Sutton Bridge and King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Average speed cameras are now in place on the A17 between Sutton Bridge and King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

From next week speeding fines are set to dramatically rise in an attempt to deter drivers from breaking speed limits.

New sentencing guidelines come into effect on Monday and as a result speeding fines for the most serious cases in England and Wales will rise by up to 50pc after magistrates were instructed to get tougher.

The new fine structure is ranked into three categorised bands, with the least severe being Band A, while the most severe is Band C.

Band C fines are for speeders who commit the most serious offences and carry a minimum fine of 150pc of the offender’s weekly income.

The current limit for a speeding fine is 100pc of the driver’s weekly wage, up to £1,000 - or £2,500 if they are caught on a motorway. The upper limit will not increase with the changes.

What is classed as a serious offence?

• 20mph speed limit - 41mph and above recorded speed of driver

• 30mph speed limit - 51mph and above recorded speed of driver

• 40mph speed limit - 66mph and above recorded speed of driver

• 50mph speed limit - 76mph and above recorded speed of driver

• 60mph speed limit - 91mph and above recorded speed of driver

• 70mph speed limit - 101mph and above recorded speed of driver

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The changes come after a consultation in 2016 which argued previous guidelines did not properly take into account the potential harm of speeding or the risks it poses to the public.

Drivers will also face points on their licence, or a disqualification, depending on the severity of the offence committed.

• To find out more information visit the Sentencing Council website.

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10 comments

  • @Voice of Reason interestingly, there are many papers and people who argue the "safer" and advanced a car gets the more risks drivers tend to take.

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    monkeynuts

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • We all know that speed kills more people... So as our roads get more and more full and congestion increases along with the frustration it causes. Seems basic logic that increasing the safety risk by introducing faster speeds is not wise... We are not all F1 drivers or drive like those that think they are. ... More traffic every year means we must except more congestion and longer journey times and of course frustration of parking when you get to some places. When the growth of the population and the resulting high increasing amount of vehicles each month reaches a limit that doubles our travel time ... Then Speed will not be an issue to worry about so much... The forecast of up to 3 million more cars on our roads by 2025 will certainly slow things down in many areas. .. and high performance cars will stand still in traffic jams like anyone else.. .. Happy future motoring...

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    Lionel

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • The most dangerous speed driving is through lanes. Constantly I have to pull up sharply as some fool comes around a blind bend at break neck speed. But of course the lanes are never monitored.

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    weaversway

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Otherwise known as "A nice little earner" for the treasury.

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    UKTaxpayer

    Friday, March 24, 2017

  • The vision of an old fool like " ted " driving at 90 mph is frightening.

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    Larson Whipsnade

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • the 70 mph limit on motorways and dual carriage ways was brought in the 60s, when the average car would struggle to reach 70 mph, and probably take a mile to stop from that speed, things have moved on a lot since then, not just cars, but roads and drivers, most people drive at 80 - 90 mph, myself included, on good roads and the police tend to turn a blind eye, so it is about time that the speed limit was increased on motorways and good dual carriage ways.

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    ted

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • Voice of reason. No we don't want speed limits increased. Irrespective of whether your car is better not every vehicle has these improved functions. One thing that hasn't improved over the years is the drivers thinking time. Finally taking into account over those years the increased density of cars on the roads I personally think that more than negates any improved functions in cars. I also notice that your old car had an unusual function which was 'clapping' brakes, how did they work?

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    Carol Barnes

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • Kfoto – I totally disagree. I bought my first car in 1981, it would just about do 100mph but was very obviously unsafe at this speed. The brakes were also applauding. My current Range Rover virtually drives itself, it follows the white lines on the road, adjusts speed automatically, has collision avoidance systems and the brakes are fantastic.

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    Voice of Reason

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • @Voice of Reason, not the best name for you with that statement. Speed limits have absolutely nothing to do with a car's technology or design, they are there for driver and the right foot.

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    kfoto

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • It is time that speed limits are raised to take into account the modern technology and equipment in new cars today.

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    Voice of Reason

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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