As of 24th April 2017, a new income based system has been introduced when it comes to the penalty that you receive for speeding. The new system works using a banding system to issue fines that are a percentage of weekly earnings and can see the worst offenders face fines of up to £2500 and a 56-day disqualification.
Whilst offences were already ‘means-based’ the new system changes the thresholds and sees more severe penalties offered. Fines and other penalties are divided into three bands – Band A, B and C - starting with Band A, the bands slowly increase in severity until you reach the most serious fines and penalties in Band C. The top tier will see people receive penalties that are considerably more severe.
Band A covers offences like 31-40mph in a 30mph zone and 71-90mph in a 70mph zone. People caught carrying out a Band A offence will see themselves issued with three points and a fine that is 25-75% of their weekly income.
The next tier, Band B, concerns itself with those that are seen as ‘moderate speeding’ offences – these are offences such as 41-50mph in a 30mph zone or 91-100mph in a 70mph zone. The penalty for these Band B offences is a fine that is 75-125% of the offender’s weekly income and either a seven to 28-day disqualification or between four and six penalty points.
Band C violations are the most serious and subsequently warrant the most severe penalties. Defined as people caught doing more than 101mph in a 70mph or more than 51mph in a 30mph zone, Band C will see people fined between 125% and 175% of their weekly income and a disqualification for between seven and 56 days or six points. Whilst longer disqualifications could be given for even higher speeds, fines have been capped at £2500 on the motorway and £1000 elsewhere.
The changes come as a result of a consultation which found that previous guidelines did not properly take into consideration the increase in potential harm that heightened speeds can cause. Statistics say that 244 people were killed by excessive speed in 2015 and that over 2000 motorists were caught driving above 100mph in 2014 and 2015. It is hoped that the new guidelines and severe penalties that the courts can now issue will see the number of people excessively speeding lowered dramatically.