Speeding Rules Updated
Speeding could cost you more!
The guidelines for magistrate’s courts to use when assessing speeding fines has changed, this means we will see significant change across England and Wales.
In 2015, 166,695 people in England and Wales were sentenced for speeding offences; 166,216 were awarded penalty points and fined. The average fine was £188, but two people were also awarded a prison sentence.
In reaction to these numbers, and in consultation with magistrates and criminal justice professionals, the government agreed that the current guidelines ‘did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the speed limit increases’.
Effective from 24th April 2017, new guidelines will come into force with magistrates able to increase the fine up to 150% of the driver’s weekly wage.
It’s 30 for a reason!The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens. If you kill someone while speeding, you will have to live with the long-term emotional consequences. Speed limits are there for a reason.
Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents. In 2013, 3,064 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where speed was a factor. The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph. Fatal accidents are four times as likely on rural “A” roads as urban “A” roads.
You must not drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road and your type of vehicle. The speed limit is the absolute maximum and it doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive at this speed in all conditions.