There have been plenty of headlines recently surrounding changes which have been made to the UK’s speeding fine system, however in reality, the changes only affect a small amount of drivers.
What changes have been made?
From Monday 24th April, new sentencing guidelines took effect. Under the new guidelines used by the Sentencing Council for magistrates in England and Wales, the most serious offenders could be fined up to 150% of their weekly income.
How does this affect me?
The majority of minor speeding offences will still be issued with a fixed penalty of three points on their licence and a £100 fine, at the discretion of the local police force.
These changes only apply to instances where the driver goes to court due to not accepting the fixed penalty or because it is a more serious offence.
The new bandings
|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|
|Band C fine
|Band B fine
|Band A fine
|Points/disqualification||Disqualify 7 – 56 days OR 6 points||Disqualify 7 – 28
days OR 4 – 6 points
What are the other options?
Speed awareness courses are still offered to drivers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for offences which are considered minor and usually fall within the ‘Band A’ range shown in the above table. These courses are offered at the discretion of the local police force.
Drivers can only undertake one speed awareness course in a three-year period, otherwise they would incur a fixed penalty.