New speeding fines based on income introduced this week 0

New-speeding-fines-based-on-income-introduced-this-weekA new form of speeding fine has been introduced this week, that takes into account the offender’s salary, with wage fines imposed based on a percentage of gross earnings and disqualifications for the worst offenders.

Drivers caught doing more than 101mph with their car in a 70mph zone could be fined between 125% and 175% of their weekly income, those caught speeding in a 30mph area could get three points off their license and 25-75% of their weekly wage. The current speeding fines are means-based already, but the new type tweaks the format, introducing changes to thresholds that are listed below.

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.

Starting points for each particular fine is 25% higher than the lower-range figure and is determined by the criteria and environment in which the motorist was caught speeding. A driver with no previous convictions and who displays good overall conduct may only face the minimum fine however.

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