Philip Somarakis Partner, Head of Regulatory Solutions
Tougher fines for speeding offences
Yesterday the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published revised sentencing guidelines for various offences in the Magistrates’ Court following a consultation on the draft guidelines between 19 May 2016 and 11 August 2016. The guidelines will come into effect on 24 April 2017.
One of the most prominent changes includes a higher penalty for offenders whose speed falls within the most serious offence category in the speeding guideline (highlighted bold in the table below). The speeding guideline focuses on the offender’s recorded speed against the speed limit.
|Speed Limit (mph)||Recorded Speed (mph)|
The sentencing starting point for the most serious category was a Band B fine being 100% of the offender’s relevant weekly income and this has now increased to a Band C fine. At 150% of the offender’s relevant weekly income, a Band C fine will now be the highest level available to the Magistrates or Judge when sentencing an offender for speeding. The Sentencing Council stated that the revised guidelines are “to ensure that there is a clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases”.
There is no change to the number of penalty points or length of driving ban for speeding offences
Sentencing guidelines have also been updated for offences related to careless driving, failing to provide a specimen for analysis and excess alcohol when driving or in charge of a vehicle. Should you require any further information, please contact Philip Somarakis, Head of Regulatory Solutions at Ince Gordon Dadds LLP.