In a review of the sentencing guidelines by the magistrate's courts by the Sentencing Council, a new ruling states that drivers who break the speed limit by a significant margin will be charged a lot more.
Previous speeding fines for breaking the speed limit were 100% of your wages (with a cap of £1,000 on roads and £2,500 on motorways), but the new ruling pushes that to 150% of your wages. If you were wondering what speed you’d have to be going to be fined like this, it’s quite specific! The new extended fines will be issues to people driving 41mph in a 20mph zone, 51mph in a 30mph zone, 66mph in a 40mph zone, 76mph in a 50mph zone, 91mph in a 60mph zone or 101mph+ in a 70mph zone.
Here’s an example of the new ruling. If you earn £500 per month and you were caught speeding before the changes, you would have been charged £500 (100% your monthly earnings). Now, you would be charged £750.
The changes come in to effect on 24 April in a hope to deter drivers from breaking speed limits. The minimum fine of £100 and three points on your licence still apply as well, so there isn’t any change being put forward by the Sentencing Council for that.
More than 160,000 people were fined for speeding in 2015, with the average fine being around £185.