Speeding motorists across the England & Wales are to face tougher penalties as of Monday, 24 April 2017.
In an attempt to deter serious offending, the Sentencing Council has increased the penalty for the top band of offences.
If a motorist commits a speeding offence that does not qualify for a fixed penalty (currently 3 points and a £100 fine) then they are subject to a potentially higher fine. Legislation categorises fines into various “bands” and “levels” to assist the court in determining a penalty.
As a general rule, speeding offences currently attract a Level 3 or Level 4 fine if committed on a motorway. The maximum fine for each is £1000 or £2500 respectively.
To calculate an actual figure however, a defendant is asked to disclose financial information so the court can see their weekly income. The excess speed involved determines which band an offenders falls into and they increase with the seriousness of the offence.
- Band A 50% of weekly income ( with a range of between 25 -75%)
- Band B 100% of weekly income (with a possible range of between 75-125%)
- Band C 150% of weekly income (with a possible range of 125-175%)