New rules: motorist to be charged up to 175 per cent of their weekly wage for an offence

speeding fines

Law enforcement agencies are always looking for new ways to discourage people from breaking the law. Whether this is with a more severe financial penalty, a greater likelihood of spending time in prison or other initiatives such as points on a driving licence, if they can introduce successful deterrents then they’re onto a winner.

New approach to calculating speeding fines

In April 2017, a new rule was introduced to be able to bring harsher financial penalties to speeding motorists. Under the old system, set fines were in place, regardless of how much you earned. So someone who was earning minimum wage could expect to receive the same fine as someone who earned over £100k per year. The deterrent was arguably not the same, as a set fine would have made much more of a dent in the former’s wallet than the latter.

Previously, these were the parameters:

  • Minimum fine of £100 plus three points on your driving licence
  • Maximum fine of £1000 on normal roads, rising to £2,500 on motorways

Under the new rules, the penalties are essentially means tested, which means that your earnings are taking into consideration when a fine is being awarded. The new rule means that motorists can be charged up to 175% of their weekly income if they are caught exceeding the speed limit.

There will still be caps in place, for example a millionaire wouldn’t be charged eye watering sums of money for their speeding crime. The cap of £2,500 would remain in place, with fines beneath that being staggered much more appropriately based on earnings. The minimum fine outlined above with the three fixed penalty points will also remain the same.

What does “up to” 175% mean?

The fines would be staggered depending on how far over the speed limit motorists were travelling, which would be discretionary and decided at the time of sentencing.

  • Between 1 and 10 MPH over the limit – this would incur a fine between 25 and 75% of your weekly wage
  • Between 11 and 21 MPH over the limit – this would incur a fine between 75 and 125% of your weekly wage
  • Between 22+ MPH over the limit – this would incur a fine between 125 and 175% of your weekly wage

If you’ve been charged with a speeding offence and are worried you’ll be liable for a hefty fine, then it is always worth consulting a solicitor. At Motoring Defence, we will not charge you for initial advice so even if you decide that you do not need a lawyer to represent you then we can give you some pointers as to what you can expect. Call us on 0800 612 4859 and speak to one of the team.