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New UK speeding laws: What’s changed and how will it affect your business?

New UK speeding laws: What’s changed and how will it affect your business?

27 April 2017

As of 24th April 2017, The Sentencing Council made changes to how speeding fines are calculated.

Currently the minimum speeding penalty is a £100 fine and 3 points added to your driving licence, but as of now many magistrates are being asked to apply the band system more thoroughly to speeding offences.

What is the band system?

The band system operates with categories A, B, C, D, E, and F. Here’s a breakdown of what the most common three bands, A, B, and C, entail:

Band C is the most prominent of the system, with drivers facing a fine at potentially 150% of their weekly income and disqualification or 6 points on their driving licence. There is also a focus on speeding in low speed limit areas, with harsher penalties being put into place to combat offences.

Magistrates are also being advised to use harsher sentencing terms if the offence is severe, such as disqualification for longer periods of time than the guide suggests. They can also sentence the offender without using the guidelines if they feel it is better justice to do so.

As a comparison to these new rules, the average speeding fine handed out in 2015 was £188.

What about any new fine increases?

Speeding fines they will remain capped at £1,000 on normal roads, and £2,500 on motorways.

Mobile phone penalties

The fine for using a mobile phone while driving doubles to £200 on March 1st. This offence now also carries a 6-point penalty. In the case of new drivers, who have a lower point limit on their licence, this also means disqualification from driving.

How does this affect me?

For any business, it is often crucial for employees to hold a full and valid UK driving licence. For garages, in particular, this is even more important.

When it comes to repair work, technicians may need to test a customer car to ensure it is working as it should – something that could suffer if a driver is disqualified as a result of a speeding offence. As well as this, if a business owner is caught speeding and is given a maximum fine it can be a huge cost to running their garage, as the £2,500 maximum motorway fine could easily be a month’s profit. If your garage employees aren’t aware of the new rules, you may want to advise them on the situation and explain how a speeding offence could impact their work.

If you’d like to read some more information about the new UK speeding laws or to see details of the other offence bands, you can head to The Sentencing Council website by clicking here.