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GEM Welcomes Rise in Speeding Fines

Road safety and breakdown recovery provider GEM Motoring Assist has welcomed the announcement from the Sentencing Council that speeding fines for the most serious offences in England and Wales are to rise by up to 50 per cent. The decision has been made in an attempt to deter motorists from speeding. This means that drivers caught at 101mph or above on a motorway could face a fine of up to 150 per cent of their weekly income.

The current fine is up to 100 per cent of weekly income, up to a maximum of £1000, or £2500 for motorway infringements.

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said the increased penalties sent the right message to drivers about the dangers of driving to fast. “Illegal or inappropriate speeds remain a significant road safety problem,” he commented.

“If more people complied with speed limits, there would be fewer deaths and injuries on our roads; it’s as simple as that. We therefore welcome the increase in fines, as we know the enforcement of speed limits plays a vital role in road safety.”

“As drivers and riders, we are all responsible for the speeds we choose. No one can tell us to break the speed limit. So we urge every driver and rider to take that responsibility seriously and to play their part in making our roads safer.”

The new fines are ranked into brands. The tables below demonstrate the reinforcement of these bands.

Speed Limit (mph) Recorded Speed (mph)
20 41 and above 31 – 41 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

 

Band Range 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 court will consider further adjustment for any mitigating or any aggravating factors. They will conclude whether any combination of the following, or any other relevant factors, should result in an upward or downward adjustment from the sentence given.

 

Factors increasing seriousness

Statutory aggravating factors:

  • Previous convictions, having regard to a) the nature of the offence to which the conviction relates and its relevance to the current offence; and b) the time that has elapsed since the conviction
  • Offence committed whilst on bail

Other aggravating factors:

  • Offence committed on licence or post sentence supervision
  • Poor road or weather conditions
  • Driving LGV, HGV, PSV etc.
  • Towing caravan/trailer
  • Carrying passengers or heavy load
  • Driving for hire or reward
  • Evidence of unacceptable standard of driving over and above speed
  • Location e.g. near school
  • High level of traffic or pedestrians in the vicinity

Factors reducing seriousness or reflecting personal mitigation

  • No previous convictions or no relevant/recent convictions
  • Good character and/or exemplary conduct
  • Genuine emergency established

Source

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