You are here: Home - Household Bills - News -

Tougher penalties for worst speeders

Written by: Paloma Kubiak
Drivers caught excessively speeding will have to pay higher fines from April 2017 under new sentencing guidelines for magistrates.

Fines for the most serious offenders will start at 150% of weekly income rather than the existing level of 100% of weekly income.

The new rules, for example, mean a motorist driving at 101mph or over in a 70mph speed limit zone will pay a fine from a more severe bracket.

The Sentencing Council is introducing a new higher penalty for the most serious offenders to take into account the potential harm that can arise when drivers go way above the speed limit.

RAC road safety spokesman, Pete Williams, said: “We welcome the change in sentencing guidelines for gross speeders. Anyone who breaks the limit excessively is a danger to every other road user and is unnecessarily putting lives at risk.

“Hopefully, hitting these offenders harder in the pocket will make them think twice before doing it again in the future.

“While greater sentences for excessive speeders are obviously a deterrent, the best deterrent of all is more effective enforcement.”

The new sentencing guidelines also state that for people evading the £145.50 annual TV licence cost, magistrates’ may impose a conditional discharge for the lowest level offending or for those who experience “significant financial hardship at the time of the offence”, rather than receiving the standard £1,000 fine.

This means an offender won’t be sentenced for an offence unless they commit a further offence within a given time period.

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

ISAs: your back-to-basics guide for 2018/19

Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of your unused ISA allowance ahead of the 5 April deadli...

A guide to Sharia savings accounts

A number of Sharia savings products have upped their game in recent months, beating more familiar competitors ...

Five ways to get on the property ladder without the Bank of Mum and Dad

A report suggests the Bank of Mum and Dad is running low on funds. Fortunately, there are other options for st...

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

Having a baby and your finances: seven top tips

We’re guessing the Duchess of Cambridge won’t be fretting about maternity pay or whether she’ll still be...

Protecting family wealth: 10 tips for cutting inheritance tax

Inheritance tax - sometimes known as 'death tax' - can cause even more heartache for bereaved families. But th...

Travel insurance: Five tips to ensure a successful claim

Ahead of your summer holiday, it’s important to make sure you have the right level of travel cover or you co...

Money Tips of the Week

Read previous post:
burglar insurance cover
Do you live in a burglary hotspot?

London residents are most likely to suffer a burglary, with 16 of the capital's postcode areas appearing in a top...