Speeding ever onwards

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Offenders could now be fined up to 175% of their weekly income.

Author: Philip Strickland
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New guidelines intended for drivers caught speeding and set to come into place in the UK from April 24, 2017, will ensure they face stricter penalties and far higher fines, based on what they earn.

This will mean offenders could now be fined up to 175% of their weekly income. In the UK, the current standard penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points on your licence. The maximum fine is £1,000 or £2,500 for motorway offences.

However, from April 24th, those caught driving over 101mph on a motorway may potentially be disqualified for up to 56 days, with a fine of between 125 to 175 per cent of their weekly income. Those caught driving at a speed between 31 and 40mph in a 30mph zone will receive three penalty points and a fine of between 25 to 75 per cent of their weekly income.

Some drivers are offered a speed awareness course in place of a fine and endorsement where the offence was considered marginal and this has proven effective in may Police areas. There is a course fee but it does not equate to a fine.

This new legislation follows the tougher penalties that have been brought into place for motorists caught using a mobile telephone behind the wheel. For this offence, the penalties have now doubled, from three points and a £100 fine to six points and a £200 fine.

Much of this makes perfect sense, but many of us wonder, when travelling on a deserted motorway at 2.00am through unmanned roadworks with a 50mph limit for 14 miles, why we are bullied in this way, just to create revenue. Both the Police and Safety campaigners will tell you it is all for your own good and ensures those who work on motorways are protected. Of course, the contractors have this already worked out. They protect their workers by making sure they are never there!

It is a remarkable fact that the world’s first motor racing circuit, built in Surrey in the winter of 1906, was three miles long, 100 feet wide, contained two 40 feet high banked sections, full telephone and electric services as well as a full railway system, public buildings, pedestrian tunnels, pits and flying school, all funded using private money – was constructed in just six months! If such a feat could happen then, why do we have to put up with such third world shambolic chaos on our roads, for which the sole official cure is to fine those who, made late for work, desperately attempt to make up for the lost hours?

Philip Strickland

Legal Advisor

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