Tougher penalties for drivers who commit the most serious speeding offences have come into force today.
Previously, the minimum fine for speeding was £100 and three penalty points, now drivers face being fined 100 percent of their weekly salary – capped at £1,000 or £2,500 if the offence was committed on a motorway.
Motorists caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, 51mph in a 30mph zone, 66mph in a 40mph or 101mph on a motorway will face penalties starting from 150% of their weekly income – up 50% on the previous level.
However, the new regulations, which apply in England and Wales, will not affect the maximum fines allowed by law.
Gary Rae, campaigns director for road safety charity Brake, said: “Toughening the fines and penalties for speeding is long overdue.
“I hope that magistrates ensure the new sentences are consistently applied.”
The Sentencing Council said the move aims to ensure there is a ‘clear increase in fine level as the seriousness of offending increases’.
Some 244 people were killed in crashes that occurred when a driver was breaking the speed limit on Britain’s roads in 2015. Speeding is a contributory effect in 23% of all fatal collisions.
According to research, many drivers are unaware of the severity of the speeding fines they can face. The £2,500 maximum fine is the same as the highest penalty which can be imposed for driving on an illegal tyre.
UK tyre law dictates that the legal minimum tread depth for cars is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising the central three-quarters of breadth of the tread and around its entire outer circumference.
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