A new type of proportional fine based on the offender’s weekly income comes into effect; fines are capped at £2500 on motorways and £1000 elsewhere

A new type of speeding penalty based on the offender’s income has been introduced, with percentage-based wage fines and 56-day disqualifications for the worst offenders.

Motorists caught doing more than 101mph in a 70mph limit could be fined between 125% and 175% of their weekly income, while those breaking the speed limit in a 30mph area will get three points and be fined 25-75% of their weekly wage. Current speeding fines are already means-based, but the new type tweaks their thresholds, which are listed below.

Fines are divided into three categories: Bands A, B and C, with C covering the most serious of fines, such as 51mph and above in a 30mph zone, or 101mph and above in a 70mph zone. Band B covers moderate speeding, such as 41-50mph in a 30mph zone, or 91-100mph in a 70mph limit, while Band A covers 31-40mph in a 30mph zone and 71-90mph in a 70mph zone.

Band A warrants three points and a fine of 25-75% of the driver’s weekly income, while Band B gives a 75-125% fine and either a seven to 28-day disqualification or between four and six penalty points. Band C gives the heaviest fine – 125-175% of a driver’s weekly income - and a disqualification for between seven and 56 days or six points. For even higher speeds, a longer disqualification may be given. A spokesman for the sentencing council clarified that fines are capped at £2500 for offences on motorways and at £1000 elsewhere, however. 

The starting point for each fine is 25% higher than the lower-range figure and is decided by the environment in which the driver was speeding, other road users around, the driver’s driving standard when travelling at speed and other factors. A driver with no previous convictions who displays good conduct once caught may only face the minimum fine, though. 

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21 April 2017
At present fines are capped to £1,000, or £2,500 on motorways. I've heard that the latter cap is remaining but don't know if that applies to all roads or just motorways.

21 April 2017
So basically a social worker working their socks off pays a bigger fine someone who prefers benefits to work.
Well if that's the case the unemployed should have longer sentences in prison as they've more time on their hands!

 

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21 April 2017
Wow, this must be a first. A Tory implemented scheme that actually punishes you for earning more and not the other way round. Given May's record recently expect a U-turn on this any day now.

21 April 2017
Wow, this actually angers me. I don't see anything wrong with driving at 90mph at 2am when the motorway is empty, or even driving above 70mph if eveyone else around you on the motorway is doing the same (given that you're matching the flow of traffic, indicating properly, and not lane-hogging).

Speaking of which, 95% of mobile speed cameras I've seen have been on motorways, where it's obviously easier for them to make money. I've never seen one in a location where speeding actually has an impact of safety - such as school zones. Funny that...

21 April 2017
So if I'm a multi billionaire who lives in Monaco/Riyadh/London, keep most of my spare cash in the Cayman Islands and enjoy a bit of fun on a Saturday night playing racing cars on the Cromwell road in my Bugatti ... Of course I'm going to tell you my income.

21 April 2017
...stick to the speed limit. Drivers who disregard the law and endanger others should be penalised and it is only fair that the fine is proportionate to the driver's income.

A fixed fine would not make as much of a difference to a wealthy driver as to a poorer one so the new rules seem logical to me.

21 April 2017
Pointless if capped, the average footballer (or company boss) in his 90K Range Rover with his £20K personalised plate probably has 2.5K in the glove box as loose change and it means nothing. A £50K fine might at least get their attention if not actually reforming.

21 April 2017
Pointless if capped, the average footballer (or company boss) in his 90K Range Rover with his £20K personalised plate probably has 2.5K in the glove box as loose change and it means nothing. A £50K fine might at least get their attention if not actually reforming.

21 April 2017
if that footballer gets caught doing 31mph in a 30 he pays £2500. that isnt fair. this system sounds fair but isn't. maybe you are unemployed but someone in a mid range job will get clobbered. and the parsimonious people on here talking about never speeding live in la la land. No driver is under the limit at every moment on a drive.

21 April 2017
Wolves wrote:

if that footballer gets caught doing 31mph in a 30 he pays £2500. that isnt fair. this system sounds fair but isn't. maybe you are unemployed but someone in a mid range job will get clobbered. and the parsimonious people on here talking about never speeding live in la la land. No driver is under the limit at every moment on a drive.

Its only unfair because he should be paying £25,000! If your going to have it earnings related it can't be capped. The poor factory worker gets fines 175% of his weekly pay, the footballer only effectively an irrelevant (to him) 1% ... that's really unfair.

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