The Sentencing Council has announced revised guidelines on sentencing for the most serious speeding offences from Monday, 24 April 2017. These changes do not affect the sentencing levels for less serious offences.
What is a serious and excessive level?
Examples of excessive levels above the legal limits include doing:
- 41 mph or above in a 20 mph limit;
- 51 mph or above in a 30 mph limit;
- 66 mph or above in a 40 mph limit;
- 76 mph or above in a 50 mph limit;
- 91 mph or above in a 60 mph limit;
- over 101 mph on a motorway.
Maximum fines The maximum fine for speeding in most cases remains at the current level of £1,000, however if you’re driving on a motorway the maximum fine limit is £2,500.
If you want to know out more, have a look at the Sentencing Council website - details can be found here.
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New sentencing guidelines for magistrates come into force on 24 April 2017 following their publication earlier this year. One of the offences covered is speeding and sentence levels are changing for the most serious offences, with a new higher penalty being introduced for those offenders who drive at speeds excessively above legal limits. This change to sentencing followed calls from respondents to the consultation on the Council’s proposed new guidelines who said that the previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the speed limit increases.