Tougher new speeding penalties come into force next week

Tough new speeding penalties come into force on 24 April, which could see drivers fined 75% of their weekly income for going just one-mile-an-hour over the speed limit.
The move comes after the Government’s crackdown on drivers using mobile phones at the wheel when the amount of penalty points given after this offence doubled to six.
The Sentencing Council has set the new guidelines for speeding punishments, that will be used to sentence drivers in magistrates’ courts in the UK and Wales:

Speed limit (mph) Recorded speed (mph)
20 41 and above 31 – 40 21 – 30
30 51 and above 41 – 50 31 – 40
40 66 and above 56 – 65 41 – 55
50 76 and above 66 – 75 51 – 65
60 91 and above 81 – 90 61 – 80
70 101 and above 91 – 100 71 – 90
Sentencing range Band C fine Band B fine Band A fine
Points/disqualification Disqualify 7 – 56 days OR 6 points Disqualify 7 – 28
days OR  4 – 6 points
3 points
  • Must endorse and may disqualify. If no disqualification impose 3 – 6 points
  • Where an offender is driving grossly in excess of the speed limit the court should consider a disqualification in excess of 56 days.
Starting point Range
Fine Band A  50% of relevant weekly income  25 – 75% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band B  100% of relevant weekly income  75 – 125% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band C  150% of relevant weekly income 125 – 175% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band D  250% of relevant weekly income 200 – 300% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band E 400% of relevant weekly income 300 – 500% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band F  600% of relevant weekly income  500 – 700% of relevant weekly income

 
The speeding fines are capped at £2,500 on the motorway and £1,000 everywhere else, so footballers, for example, earning £300,000-a-week would probably not be asked to pay more than that.