Stricter punishments for speeding offences in England and Wales

England and Wales
Source – BBC News

Tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in England and Wales.

Under new guidelines, fines for drivers caught doing 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway will start from 150% of weekly income, rather than the previous level of 100%.

The Sentencing Council said it wanted a “clear increase in penalty” as the seriousness of offending increases.

Motoring groups have broadly welcomed the new guidelines for magistrates.

Some 244 people were killed in crashes that occurred when a driver was breaking the speed limit on Britain’s roads in 2015.

The new Band C fines will allow the worst offenders to face fines of between 125 and 175% of their weekly income – with the starting point for magistrates in most cases set at 150%.

The maximum fine, however, remains the same, meaning a speeding driver cannot be fined more than £1,000 unless the offence takes place on a motorway, where the limit is £2,500.

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