It’s time to step on the brake – literally. Starting from late April, UK’s speeding laws are getting tougher on the traffic offenders. Drivers convicted of serious speeding offences will be fined 150% of their weekly salary under much harsher new rules, as opposed to the current rate of a 100%, reports The Mirror.
That is a considerable increase of 50%; and what is more, the penalty is going to raise parallel to the seriousness of the offence. This is why the Sentencing Council announced the plan to ensure a “clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases”.
This all means that violating speeding laws is going to cause a big hit to the wallets of many motorists as you’re about to see below.
What Does This Mean For UK Drivers (And Their Wallets)?
Fines are determined in categories – a Band A fine is 50% of someone’s weekly income, Band B is 100%, and Band C is 150%. These are ranked based on how much the driver exceeds the speed limit. But because there is a range applied, depending whether there is an aggravating factor, someone facing a B and C fine could see it jump to 175% of their weekly income!
Regardless of what your earnings are, if you are caught violating speeding laws on the motorway, the fine is capped to £2,500, and to £1,000 if you are caught speeding anywhere else.
Keep in mind that your wallet isn’t the only one that might take the blow. Apart from issuing higher fines, the Magistrate’s Court can impose a driving ban or even sentence you to a prison sentence. It’s also worth noting that from March 1, 2017, if you are caught using a mobile phone while you are driving, you may get six penalty points and a fixed penalty fine of £200.
When Does The New Law Come Into Effect?
Wales Online warns that the guidelines apply to all offenders aged 18 and older and come into force on April 24, regardless of the date of the offence.
So eyes on the road and drive safe! (Needless to say, you should do so at all times, don’t wait until late April!)
On a related note, and we’re hope you will never have to use this, but just to stay on the safe side – here is what you should never do if you get into a traffic accident.
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