What’s the penalty? Speeding fines from April 2017

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The maximum fine for speeding is £1,000 (or £2,500 on the motorway), and ones licence could be revoked.

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A Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for speeding will result in three points and a £100 fine.

However, if the speed is sufficiently high for a summons to be issued, or if the FPN was rejected, the penalties could be much higher; the maximum fine for speeding is £1,000 (or £2,500 on the motorway), and ones licence could be revoked.

Fines for speeding changed on the 24 April 2017 and may be summarised as follows:

•    Band A – This refers to the lowest level of speeding.

For example, between 21mph and 30mph in a 20mph zone, or 31mph to 40mph in a 30mph zone, or 71mph to 90mph on a 70mph road, one can expect 3 points and a fine of around 50% of weekly income.

•    Band B – This is for more serious cases of speeding.

For example, between 31mph to 40mph in a 20mph zone, or 56mph to 65mph in a 40mph zone, or up to 100mph in a 70mph zone, one can expect 4 to 6 points, or disqualification for between 7 and 28 days, plus a fine of 100% of weekly income.

•    Band C – This is for the most egregious speeding.

For example, 41mph or above in a 20mph zone, 51mph or above in a 30mph zone, or above 100mph in a 70mph zone, one can expect 6 points or disqualification for between 7 and 56 days, plus a fine of 150% of weekly income.

Such fines are somewhat flexible. Mitigating circumstances (things that could reduce the penalty) include the establishment of a genuine emergency, a lack of previous convictions (or no relevant/recent convictions) and “good character”.

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Aggravating factors (things that could increase the penalty) include certain previous convictions, speeding in bad weather, speeding in a lorry, bus or taxi, speeding while towing, speeding while driving for hire or reward, speeding with passengers, or speeding somewhere particularly inappropriate, i.e. near a school or crowded shopping street.

Be careful out there!

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