April 2017: New speeding fines - changes explained
As the calendar moves further into May, the new rules governing speeding fines are now in full force. The newest generation of speeding penalty regulations present an alternate structure, posing new penalties that may kindle a variety of implications for motorists. Here's everything you need to know:
The new speeding fines regulations
The UK's new penalty structure for speed offenders active from the 24th April 2017 enables for magistrates in England and Wales to penalise serious offenders up to 150% of their weekly income. The introduction of a third classification band for speeding offences enables for harsher penalties for more serious offences.
How the new changes will affect you
The majority of road users will remain relatively unaffected by the speeding penalty changes; classification Bands A and B are unaffected with respective sentencing ranges of 50% and 100% in earning-related fines alongside driving licence points and potential periods of disqualification. Only in cases where the driver must attend court either due to refusal of the fixed penalty issued or in the event of a serious speeding offence (Band C) will the new speeding penalties come into effect.
Offences in Bands A and B can be issued with an earnings-related fine of 50% and 100% respectively, however these are limited to a maximum of £2500 for Motorway offences and £1000 for normal roads. Offences categorised in Band C can be issued with an earnings-related fine of 150%, fine limitations are imposed where the offender earns a gross annual salary of £46,500, or £145,000 in the event of a Motorway offence.
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