With the introduction of new fines for speeding offences on April 24th 2017, the risks are greater than ever if you are convicted of driving at substantially more than the speed limit for the relevant road.
Under the old rules, fines for speeding offences ranged from a minimum of three penalty points and a £100 fine, up to a maximum fine of £1,000 on a normal road or £2,500 on a motorway, capped at the equivalent of one week of the driver’s wage. Now those figures have increased to one and a half week’s wages for the worst offences, although the maximum fines are still set at £1,000 and £2,500 as before.
The new system places speeding offences into three bands, with Band A covering the most minor speeding offences, where the car is travelling within 10 mph of the limit on urban roads and up to 20 mph over the limit on dual carriageways and motorways.
Band B includes speeds of 41-50 mph in a 30-mph zone, and 91-100 mph on a motorway, with similar ranges for other speed limits.
The worst speeding offences fall into Band C, for vehicles travelling over 50 mph on a 30-mph road, and over 100 mph on a motorway.
The penalties are proportionate to the crime, so for example, a Band A offence might get three penalty points awarded; a Band B speeding offence earns 4-6 penalty points or 7-28 days’ disqualification from driving; and Band C awards six points or 7-56 days’ disqualification.
Speeding offence fines are typically 50% of weekly salary for a Band A offence, 100% for Band B, and 150% for Band C – equal to a hefty £720 fine for motorists on annual pay of £25,000.
If you are convicted of a Band C speeding offence with the maximum 56-day disqualification, you will also have to retake your driving test before you will legally be allowed to get back behind the wheel.
In any case, if there were genuine mitigating circumstances for travelling at the speed you were going, or you feel like your vehicle or driver was incorrectly identified, for instance, you may be able to mount a successful defence.
Our speeding offence solicitors are available to offer guidance on whether or not you might have a chance of defending a speeding ticket – and avoiding the fine, penalty points and potential disqualification too.