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New Speeding Penalties Introduced In England and Wales

From April 24th 2017, new laws have come into effect in England and Wales creating tougher penalties for drivers who are caught speeding.

The new penalty fines will be made up of a percentage of your weekly income, points on your license and/or a driving ban. These will be dependent on a number of factors including previous convictions, weather conditions and the type of vehicle you're driving (i.e Heavy Goods Vehicles could incur a higher penalty than a passenger car as speeding in one of these could be more dangerous).

However, the biggest factor to the potential penalty incurred will be the speed at which you are driving.

For example, if you’re in a 20mph zone and you’re caught driving anywhere between 21mph and 30mph you’re likely to receive a fine of 50% of your weekly income AND 3 points on your license.

However, if you’re caught driving above 30mph in the 20mph zone, you’re likely to receive a higher fine of 100% of your weekly income, 4-6 points OR a driving ban of up to 28 days.

So the higher your speed the higher your fine.

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales responsible for these new laws felt the need to introduce the changes to reflect the potential harm speeding can do and felt the existing penalties weren’t tough enough to deter drivers from exceeding speed limits.

See below for their summary of the new penalties and fines:

Speed limit (mph)

Recorded speed (mph)

Recorded Speed (mph)

Recorded Speed (mph)

20

41 and above

31 – 40

21 – 30

30

51 and above

41 – 50

31 – 40

40

66 and above

56 – 65

41 – 55

50

76 and above

66 – 75

51 – 65

60

91 and above

81 – 90

61 – 80

70

101 and above

91 – 100

71 – 90

Sentencing range

B and C fine

B and B fine

B and A fine

Points/disqualification

Disqualify 7 – 56 days OR 6 points

Disqualify 7 – 28 days OR 4 – 6 points

3 points

Band Ranges:

Starting point

Range

Fine B and A

50% of relevant weekly income

Fine B and B

100% of relevant weekly income

Fine B and C

150% of relevant weekly income

Fine B and D

250% of relevant weekly income

Fine B and E

400% of relevant weekly income

Fine Band F

600% of relevant weekly income

For more information visit the Sentencing Council's dedicated Speeding Offences webpage.