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Magistrates will be able to fine an offender 150% of their weekly salary Speeding fines for the most serious cases in England and Wales will rise by up to 50% after a review of sentencing guidelines for magistrates’ courts.
Fines for the worst speeders will start at 150% of their weekly income, rather than 100%.
The most serious cases could include a driver caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, or 101mph on a motorway.
Animal cruelty captured on camera will also see a harsher sentence, with the most serious offenders sent to prison.
The Sentencing Council wants to ensure a “clear increase in penalty” as the seriousness of offending increases.
It said the changes were not intended to result in significant differences to current sentencing practice, but to target specific offences.
The current limit for a speeding fine is 100% of the driver’s weekly wage, up to £1,000 – or £2,500 if they are caught on a motorway.
When the new guidelines come into force on 24 April, magistrates will be able to increase the fine to 150% – although the upper cash limit will stay the same.
The most serious speeding cases subject to the rise
Speed limit Recorded speed of driver 20mph 41-50mph 30mph 51-60mph 40mph 66-75mph 50mph 76-85mph 60mph 91-100mph 70mph 101-110mph
SOURCE: Sentencing Council
The average fine was £188, but two people were also sent to prison.
The Sentencing Council held a consultation with magistrates and criminal justice professionals in 2016.
The feedback was that current guidelines “did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the speed limit increases”.
As a result, it has increased the penalty to send a clear message.