The New 2017 Speeding Laws
Today is the day the new speeding fines have come into place. So what does this mean for you?
Following the tougher laws when it comes to mobile phone use while driving the government has taken steps to punish serious and repeat speeding offenders more harshly. This doesn't mean a lot for those of you a couple of miles an hour over the speed limit but there has been a significant increase for the worst of the offenders.
The new rules mean drivers can be charged up to 175% of their weekly wage if they are caught for a major offence or 50% for a minor offence.
Fines are calculated on a band basis, with band C being the harshest.
The way in which the charges are calculated is fairly simple. A minor offence is band A, this will be for drivers caught speeding between 1-10mph over the speed limit. Band B, between 11-20mph and band C, 22mph and over.
|Speed Limit (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||Band C||Band B||Band C|
|Points/Disqualification||Disqualify 7-56 days OR 6 points||Disqualify 7-28 days OR 4-6 points||3 Points|
Band A offenders can land themselves three points on their licence, band B between four and six, and band C offences will get you six points.
Any Motorist driving less than two years, can lose their licence and get a driving ban from a band C offence.
First time offenders will still get the luxury of completing a speed awareness course, while repeat offenders will not be offered this.
The maximum fine stays the same, £1000. Unless speeding on a motorway where the maximum is raised to £2500.
For some of you, this may not come as great news, and the new fines are not likely to be very popular, with over 100,000 speeding fines issued each year, but we would like you all to remember the statistics. In 2016 1,810 people were killed in speed related road accidents. We ALL play a part in keeping our roads safe. Please do think of the consequences, your speeding could bring much worse than just a harsh fine.
We hope you will join all of us at Big Motoring World in welcoming the changes. Please stay safe on our roads.