Previously, if you were caught speeding the minimum fine was £100 and three penalty points on your licence, the maximum fine was £1,000, or £2,500 if you were caught on the motorway. Speeding fines have now been split into “Bands”, depending upon which band your offence enters will impact on the fine and penalty points awarded. After April 24 2017, the cap of £2,500 will remain, but offenders can be charged up to 175 per cent of their weekly income if they are caught speeding.
The minimum fine of £100 and three points will remain.
A Band C speeding fine means that anyone exceeding the speed limit by more than 21 mph, travelling at 51mph or above in a 30mph limit for example will face a fine equivalent to 150% of their weekly income, 6 penalty points on their driving licence, or disqualification from driving for up to 56 days. Any driver disqualified for 56 days or more must apply for a new licence before being able to start driving again.
For anyone earning £30,000 a year, a speeding fine equivalent to 150% of their weekly income means handing over a minimum of £865 which is a significant increase on the previous typical fine for such an offence.
You might receive a Band B speeding fine for doing between 11-21 mph over the limit, 41-50mph in a 30mph limit for example. In these circumstances drivers would face a fine equivalent to 100% of their weekly income. Using our £30,000 example this would equate to a fine of £576 and 4 penalty points on their driving licence, or disqualification from driving for up to 28 days.
The lowest band is a Band A fine, this would be issued if you were caught up to 10 mph over the limit, between 31-40 in a 30mph limit for example. Drivers can expect to receive a fine equivalent to 50% of your weekly income and 3 penalty points on their driving licence. This lower band still means a fine in the region of £288 using our £30,000 annual income driver. This is a significant increase on fines previously issued which averaged £288 in 2015.
The change in the level of fines is part of an effort to change attitudes to speeding throughout the UK and improve road safety.