The vast majority of motorists have no idea that higher speeding fines are being introduced on Monday, according to a study.
More than eight in 10 people quizzed – 84 per cent – didn’t know what the new sentencing guidelines meant, while 56 per cent admitted they had no idea that speeding penalties in England and Wales were changing, according to a survey of 100 UK driving licence holders by consumer motoring website Honest John.
The changes will see the worst offenders charged a sum equal to at least 150 per cent of their weekly income – currently, it’s 100 per cent. The maximum fine for breaking the limit on most roads will have an upper limit of £1,000, but it could be as much as £2,500 for drivers caught doing more than 101mph on motorways.
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Daniel Powell, HonestJohn.co.uk’s managing editor, said: “While most people agree that excessive speed has no place on our roads, and that greater deterrents are likely to reduce the amount of deaths and injuries related to speeding, the new fines policy appears to have entered the law almost unnoticed.”
The current minimum fine of £100 and three points is set to remain, while drivers with clean licences will still be given the option of attending a speed awareness course instead of receiving penalty points for their first offence.