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Young drivers could face much heftier speeding fines

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Holly West-Robinson

April 21, 2017

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As of Monday the 24th April, the penalties for speeding will be increased. The maximum fine for excessive speeding was initially capped at £1,000, and £2,500 on a motorway. Now drivers could face much harsher consequences and expect to pay 150% of their weekly income, up to 6 points on their licence, or disqualification for up to 56 days if caught driving well above the speed limit.

The new changes have come about after a consultation in 2016, which outlined the fact that tougher penalties need to be enforced over the current guidelines in order to reduce the amount of serious offences taking place, and the risks these pose to the public.

What does this mean for young drivers caught speeding?

For more minor offences, the minimum fine will remain at £100 and 3 points on your driving licence for a fixed penalty notice according to Gov.co.uk.

For more severe offences drivers will face the much tougher penalties, set by the sentencing council – the harshest penalties being applied to those caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway.

There are 3 separate bands which determine the level of offence and the fine to impose on the driver (at the magistrate court’s discretion). These are broken down into bands A, B and C:

  • Band A – Up to 50% of relevant weekly income, 3 points
  • Band B – Up to 100% of relevant weekly income + 4-6 points, OR disqualify 7 – 28 days
  • Band C – Up to 150% of relevant weekly income + 6 points, OR disqualify 7- 56 days

As a young driver, a more serious offence could not only leave you severely out of pocket, but you could be kissing your driving freedom goodbye, as new drivers can’t have more than 6 points on their licence within the first 2 years of passing their test. This is the same principle as getting caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

How can young drivers avoid speeding fines?

Our advice is to simply avoid the temptation to speed and keep your pedal off the metal! It’s important to remember these limits are in place for a reason. Even two minor offences could see you losing your licence.

Speeding is one of the biggest causes of accidents and deaths among young people in the UK and the consequences these actions can have ruin lives. Don’t do it!

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By Holly West-Robinson

'Hi I'm Holly and I'm a young driver based in Peterborough! I love tattoos, food, drawing and anything art related, enjoy hanging out with friends and family and making a fool of myself. I'm definitely one of the adventurous types who's always up for a good old road trip!'  See more posts by Holly

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