Breaking the speed limit is about to become considerably more expensive.
Under the old regulations a driver caught breaking the speed limit could be expected to receive a fine and 3 points on their licence as a minimum. The maximum punishment for such an offence would have been a fine of up to 100% of a driver’s weekly income. Under recent changes to the legislation however, motorists now face fines of up to 175% of their weekly income or 50% for even a minor breach of the speed limit.
A three band system will determine the new rules: –
- Band A speeding offences will encompass the lowest level of speeding i.e. driving at between 21mph and 30mph in a 20mph zone, 31mph to 40mph in a 30mph zone, or 71mph to 90mph on a 70mph road. For this level of speeding the new rules indicate that drivers can expect 3 points on their licence and a fine of up to 75% of their weekly income.
- Band B will cover mid-range to more serious speeding offences. These relate to individuals driving at 31mph to 40mph in a 20mph zone, or in a 40mph zone at 56mph to 65mph, or up to 100mph in a 70 mph. This will now result in 4 to 6 points on a driver’s licence or disqualification for between 7 and 28 days, plus a fine of up to 125% of their weekly income.
- Band C will include the most serious breaches of the speed limit such as travelling at 41mph or above in a 20mph zone, 51mph or above in a 30mph zone, or above 100mph in a 70mph zone. This will now mean 6 points on a driver’s licence or disqualification for between 7 and 56 days, as well as a fine of up to 175% of weekly income.
First time offenders may still be eligible for a speed awareness course however this alternative generally does not apply to repeat offenders.
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