CHANGES TO GUIDELINES FOR SPEEDING OFFENCES

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales has issued new guidelines to Magistrates for offences of serious speeding. This means that drivers could face harsher fines if caught speeding. The current guidelines mean that Magistrates calculate fines based on up to 100% of a persons income, but the new guidelines increase this calculation to 150% of a person’s income.

The maximum penalty the Magistrates can impose has not changed, and remains capped at £2,500 if caught excessively speeding on a motorway, or £1,000 if on a public highway.

Magistrates have also been advised to consider any aggravating features, such a previous speeding convictions and bad weather conditions, and this should be reflected in any fine imposed.

If you need any legal advice or assistance relating to any speeding offences, please do not hesitate to contact our firm, who specialise in dealing with driving matters.