Article By Essex Auto Group

Speeding Fine Increases from 24th April 2017

New stricter laws for drivers caught speeding are set to come into place in the UK from 24th April 2017. Drivers caught speeding will face stricter penalties and fines up to 50% higher which will be based on what they earn.

In the UK, more than 100,000 penalty notices are issued each year. The standard penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points on your licence. The current limit for a speeding fine is 100% of the driver's weekly wage up to £1,000 (or up to £2,500 if caught driving over the speed limit on a motorway).

A recent review by magistrates means speeding fines are set to change, and fines for the worst offenders will increase by 50%. This will mean offenders could now be fined up to 175% of their weekly income.

Speeding offences will now be placed in one of 3 bands. The band will be based on the amount of excess speed and other "aggravating factors", such as previous convictions/on bail, passengers/heavy loads, population density, driving for hire, and weather conditions.

For example:

  • Those caught driving at a speed between 31 and 40mph in a 30mph zone will receive 3 penalty points and a fine of between 25% to 75% of their weekly income.

  • Those caught driving at a speed between 56 and 65 mph in a 40mph zone will receive between 4 and 6 penalty points or a 7-28 days disqualification and a fine of between 75% and 125% of their weekly income.

  • Those caught driving over 100mph on a motorway will receive 6 penalty points or a 7-56 day disqualification and a fine of between 125% to 175% of their weekly income.