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Motorists caught speeding face tougher fines

PUBLISHED: 12:50 25 April 2017

Tougher punishments have been introduced for speeding offences. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/PA Images.

Tougher punishments have been introduced for speeding offences. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/PA Images.

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In an attempt to save lives and deter drivers from breaking speed limits, new sentencing guidelines came into effect yesterday.

Fines are now ranked into three categories in a crackdown by the government on dangerous driving with Band C the most serious and Band A the least.

The changes followed a consultation held last year where respondents said the previous guidelines did not properly take into account the potential harm of speeding and the risks posed to the public.

Sentencing Council member and district judge Richard Williams said: “The magistrates’ courts deal with the vast majority of offenders in England and Wales, so it is essential that the guidelines they use are up to date and help ensure that sentences are applied consistently and effectively.”

Drivers caught speeding at 41mph in a 20mph limit, 51mph where there is a 30mph limit or over 101mph on a motorway will face a disqualification between seven and 56 days or six points.

Offenders caught driving at 31mph in a 20mph limit or 41mph in a 30mph zone or 56mph in a 40mph limit, could be banned from behind the wheel between seven to 28 days or face four to six points.

Fines for offenders will have a starting point of 150 per cent of a weekly income rather than the existing 100 per cent.

Sentence levels for less serious offences are not changing.


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