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The New UK Speeding Fines

The way speeding fines are issued is changing, with much more severe penalties than before. The new speeding fine rules were put into place on 24th April 2017. The worst speeding offenders can expect to pay 150% of their weekly income on a speeding fine. Here’s everything you need to know about the new speeding fine rules.

What happens if I’m caught speeding?

Speeding fines are now split into three bands: Band A, Band B, and Band C. The table below explains the bands in more detail.
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
Sentencing range Band C fine (150% of weekly income) Band B fine (100% of weekly income) Band A fine (50% of weekly income)
Points/disqualification Disqualify 7 – 56 days OR 6 points Disqualify 7 – 28
days OR  4 – 6 points
3 points
Source: SentencingCouncil.org

Band C fine

Band C speeding fines are given to the worst speeding offenders. For example, If you’re caught driving more than 40 mph in a 20mph zone, you can expect a fine that’s 150% of your weekly income (around £720 if you’re earning £25,000), a driving disqualification lasting up to 56 days, or 6 penalty points on your licence.

Band B fine

You will be issued a Band B speeding fine if you’re caught doing 31- 40 mph in a 20mph zone; Band B fines mean you will have to pay a fine that’s 100% of your weekly income, a disqualification up to 28 days, or 4-6 points on your licence.

Band A fine

Band A speeding fines are issued if you’re caught driving between 21-30 mph in a 20 mph zone. You can get 3 penalty points and fined 50% of your weekly income.

How much of my speeding fine do I have to pay?

The average speeding fine is expected to increase from £188 to £282. The current minimum fine is still at £100 and 3 penalty points. If you have a clean licence, you may be able to bypass receiving penalty points by going on a speed awareness course instead.
If you have been caught speeding in the past, this opportunity is not available to you. Speeding fines are made at the discretion of your circumstances e.g. you had a genuine emergency, you have a good character etc.
The good news is that speeding fines aren’t unlimited. It’s capped at £2,500 for speeding offences on the motorway, and £1,000 on the roads.

Don’t use your mobile

Don’t forget that tougher rules for being caught on a mobile phone when driving were put in force on 1st March 2017. Now anyone caught using a mobile phone when driving can expect to get six penalty points on their licence as well as a fine of £200.
New drivers who have been driving for two years or less can receive a driving ban if they get six penalty points within their first 2 years of driving. Drivers who have been driving for 2 years or more can only lose their driving licence when they’ve got 12 penalty points.

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