If you’re caught speeding on UK roads how much will your fine be? The Sentencing Council sets out the guidelines on for fines and other penalties that the magistrate’s court hands out.
If you have been caught speeding in England or Wales, you may have already received a notice of intended prosecution. In the likelihood that you have never been caught speeding you could be offered the chance to attend a speed awareness course.
However, this is up to the court, whether you plead guilty or you have one of our lawyers working with you. The Sentencing Council recently increased the maximum fine for some of the most serious speeding offences.
The changes to the maximum fine took effect in April 2017 and represent an increase of 50% in the amount you can be fined for exceeding the speed limit. Speeding offences and the resultant fines are determined by a scale.
However, the worst speed offences have been moved from Band B to Band C.
A speeding fine can cost as much as 150% of your weekly income. This is the case if you are caught driving 52 mph, in a 30 mph zone, for example.
In the case you may have to pay a fine of up to £1,000, this is known as a ‘Level 3 fine’. If you are caught driving at 101 mph or more on a motorway you can expect to pay a fine of as much as £2,500.
This fine is known as a ‘Level 4 fine’. Fines such as these are typically in addition to the court placing penalty points on your driving licence.
You could even be disqualified from driving for at least one week. However, working with our lawyers could reduce the likelihood of a ban depending on the circumstances.
There are different fines handed out for different speeds. The length of the driving ban you may receive and the number of points added to your licence is ultimately determined by how fast you were travelling over the speed limit.
The speeding fine calculator is split into 3 different bands, A, B and C and has an effect on sentencing guidelines.
Under this band, the court may consider a fine of up to 50% of your weekly income. However, the court can impose a fine that’s 25% to 75% of your weekly income.
You could also receive 3 penalty points.
Offences under Band A:
Under this band, the court may consider a fine of 100% of your weekly income. However, the court can impose a fine that’s 75% to 125% of your weekly income.
You could also receive 4-6 penalty points. Alternatively, the court could disqualify you from driving from 7 days up to 28 days.
Offences under band B:
Under this band, the court may consider a fine of 150% of your weekly income. However, the court can impose a fine that’s 125% to 175% of your weekly income.
You could also receive 6 to 12 points. Alternatively, the court could disqualify you from driving from 7 days up to 56 days or face a driving ban.
The court’s guidelines also state that where an offender has driven grossly in excess of the set speed limit the court could consider giving them a disqualification of more than 56 days.
Offences under Band C:
The guidelines that have been set out by the Sentencing Council state that there can be a number of factors that reduce or increase the speeding offence’s seriousness.
Some of the factors that may be taken into consideration include:
• Speeding in bad weather
• The type of vehicle that is being driven (For example, a lorry that’s speeding is worse than a car as it has more potential for damage)
• Whether the vehicle is carrying a heavy load or there are passengers
• The location of the vehicle (For example, if it’s in traffic, near a school or there are a lot of pedestrians around)
Please note that your car insurance premium could be affected if you are disqualified or banned from driving. If you are given a speeding ticket because speed cameras or a police officer caught you, you may also face an increase in your premium.