In recent years, the UK Government changed speeding fine laws. The change meant that only the worst speeding offences would result in punishment.
What this means is that if you’re driving in a 30mph zone, for example, or in an area that has a higher speed limit, you will need to keep an eye on your speed.
If you are caught speeding, and at an excessive speed, you might have to pay the maximum fine that’s around 150% of your weekly earnings. What this means is that Before the changes took place, drivers would only have to pay 50% of their weekly earnings.
Removing Dangerous Drivers from the Road
It’s thought that more than 100,000 people are caught by a speed camera or a police officer every year in the UK. This results in HM Treasury coining in millions of pounds.
The increased cost of a speeding ticket means that HM Treasuring collect even more money from drivers. While the Government state it’s to help keep our roads safe, £100 fines multiplied by 100,000 is a lot of money.
Not only did the British Government decide to increase the cost of the fixed penalty notice fpn, for short, they also chose to increase the number of penalty points. This means that if you have 12 or more points on your licence you can expect to have a driving disqualification.
Before the new penalties came into place, the most someone would be charged from speeding was between £1,000 and £2,500. However, the table below now shows how much a speeding driver should expect to pay.
Speed Limit in Miles Per Hour Recorded Speed in Miles Per Hour
………………………..Band A………………..Band B…………………and Band C
20 21-30 mph 31-40 mph 41 mph and higher
30 31-40 mph 41-50 mph 51 mph and higher
40 41-55 mph 56-65 mph 66 mph and higher
50 51-65 mph 66-75 mph 76 mph and higher
60 61-80 mph 81-90 mph 91 mph and higher
70 71-90 mph 91-100 mph 101 mph and higher
Band A Penalties = 3 penalty points
Band B Penalties = 4 to 6 penalty points or 7 to 28 days of disqualification
and Band C Penalties = 6 penalty points or 7 to 56 days of disqualification
Those who have caught speeding and have already attended a speed awareness course will face a fine. They could also be banned from driving any vehicle for to 56 days.
Alternatively, they might have points added to their driving licence.
Please note, the minimum £100 fine, plus 3 points added to your licence remains. Undoubtedly, if you are usually a good driver who obeys the speed limit or you’re simply not caught speeding, you could be invited to attend a speed awareness course.
The Cost of Speeding Fines and Band A Violations
If you are caught making a band A violation your fine will probably be around 50% of your weekly earnings. However, the court can always adjust this fine, particularly if you have previous convictions or you’ve been disqualified from driving in the past.
Furthermore, a range of variables such as bad weather, the time of the alleged offence, and the location of the offence can be considered? What this means is your fine could go up or down.
Adjustments can also be made to band b and band c fines. The table you can see below shows the rates of adjustment for fines:
…………Starting point & % of weekly income………..The range of weekly income
Band A 50% 25% to 75%
Band B 100% 75% to 125%
and Band C 150% 125% to 175%
The Real Cost of Speeding Fines
A few years ago, speeding fines cost approximately £190. In addition to this, the cost of a fine increased and more than 100,000 drivers are caught speeding each year.
However, the £100 fine is still the most common fine that the authorities hand out. What this means that the average speeding fine is likely to be less than we originally thought.
Not that this makes any difference to those who have received a notice of intended prosecution and have 28 days to return it and the section 172 notice.