Speeding fines are changing in the UK seeing drivers charged more if they are caught exceeding the speed limit.
UK drivers will be charged up to 175 per cent of their weekly income if they are caught speeding.
Under the new rules drivers could also be disqualified for to 56 days for ‘driving grossly in excess of the speed limit’ according to the Sentencing Council.
The Sentencing Council said the move to raise penalties aims to ensure there is a “clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases”.
A new three-band system will determine how much a driver should be charged and how many points they will receive.
Band A offences are for drivers travelling between one and 10mph over the stated speed limit.
Band B offences relate to drivers exceeding the speed limits by between 11 and 20mph.
Finally, band C offences correspond to offence which are 21mph and above the stated speed limit.
Drivers can receive three penalty points for a band A offence, between four and six for a band B and six points for a band C charge.
The band system also relates to a percentage charge range of their weekly wage.
Band A offence charges begin at 50 per cent of your weekly wage but can range from 25 per cent to 75 per cent.
Band B offences begin at 100 per cent of your wage but are variable from 75 per cent and 125 per cent.
Band C offences begin at 150 per cent but are variable from 125 per cent to 175 per cent.
According to the Office of National statistics the average salary in the UK as of April 2015 was £27,600.
If an offender was caught speeding and charged with a band A offence the motorist could be charged between £132.69 – £398.08, for a band B from £398.08-£663.46 and band C from £663.46 to £928.85.
If you are a first time offender you may be offered the chance to take a speed awareness course which will allow you to dodge the penalty points.
This luxury however will not be extended to repeat offenders.
It’s probably also bad news for anyone who has passed their test in the last two years. Carry on reading…
The Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995 applies to every motorist who passed their first full test after 1 June 1997. The main effect of the Act is to impose a probationary period for the first 2 years after the test is passed. During this time, a new driver will be subject to immediate revocation of their licence, should they reach 6 or more penalty points. This is an automatic process which is triggered should any offence be committed in the first 2 years lead to a total of 6 points being endorsed on the licence.
Effectively, if you get caught speeding once in your first two years then, it could be goodbye to your licence.