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New, Higher, Fines For Reckless Speeding Drivers In April 2017

Speeding motorists face their comeuppance for jeopardising the safety of fellow road users via new, higher, fines

How Magistrates' Courts speeding fines work

Motorists that speed and risk the lives of mothers, fathers, children and other innocent parties can now be fined 150% of their weekly income by Magistrates' Courts in England and Wales, The Sentencing Council revealed. That is a 50% rise. However, fines remain capped at £1,000 increasing to £2,500 for motorway offences.

The perpetrators – that presumably feel they have a right to ignore laws that keep everyone safe – receive a Band A, B or C fine. Consider speeding in a 30mph zone, for starters. The fines include:

  • Band A: 31mph to 40mph (50% of weekly income)
  • Band B: 41mph to 50mph (100% of weekly income)
  • Band C: 51mph+ (150% of weekly income)

Further Sentencing Council Bands, related speed limits and the percentage of weekly income offenders can be fined are shown below.

Speed Limit In mphBand A - Vehicle Speed in mph (50% Weekly Income)Band B - Vehicle Speed in mph (100% Weekly Income)Band C - Vehicle Speed in mph (150% Weekly Income)
2021 - 3031 - 4041+
3031 - 4041 - 5051+
4041 - 5556 - 6566+
5051 - 6566 - 7576+
6061 - 8081 - 9091+
7071 - 9091 - 100101+

Motorists face further consequences for risking the lives, health and mental well-being of their fellow citizens. Penalty points increase the cost of motor insurance, for example. Those that collect too many get a ban. There is social stigma to consider too.

Each Band is associated with a points total or ban. See below:

  • Band A: 3 points
  • Band B: 4 to 6 points (or 7 to 28 day disqualification)
  • Band C: 6 points (or 7 to 56 day disqualification)

Aggravating circumstance

Magistrates' Courts have power to raise penalties for the most serious, selfish and reckless speeders, The Sentencing Council said. Courts therefore consider aggravating factors. These include:

  • Previous convictions
  • Offence committed while on bail
  • Offence committed on licence or post sentence supervision
  • Poor road or weather conditions
  • Driving heavy goods vehicle
  • Towing a caravan or trailer
  • Carrying passengers or heavy load
  • Driving for hire or reward
  • Unacceptable driving over and above speeding
  • Location e.g. close to a school
  • High level of traffic or pedestrians in the vicinity

Mitigating circumstance

Magistrates' Courts, in contrast, have the authority to impose lighter punishment in some cases. Mitigating circumstances include:

  • No previous convictions or no relevant/recent convictions
  • Good character and/or exemplary conduct
  • Genuine emergency