The speeding penalties have changed recently and you can now face fines of up to 175% of your weekly income if you’re caught driving well over the speed limit. The Sentencing Council said it wanted a “clear increase in penalty” as a result of serious offences increasing.
To make sure you know what’s changing, see below a table of the speed limit with its band of fine.
|Speed limit (mph)||Recorded speed (mph)|
|20||21 – 30||31 – 40||41+|
|30||31 – 40||41 – 50||51+|
|40||41 – 55||56 – 65||66+|
|50||51 – 65||66 – 75||76+|
|60||61 – 80||81 – 90||91+|
|70||71 – 90||91 – 100||101+|
|Sentence||Band A||Band B||Band C|
The penalties work out as a percentage of your weekly income.
Band A: will face a fine between 25% and 75% of their weekly wage.
Band B: Can expect to pay between 75% and 125% of their weekly income – and could also get points on their licence.
Band C: The maximum penalty you could face is between 125% and 175% of your weekly pay (capped at £1,000 or £2,500, depending on the type of road you’re caught speeding on). You could also face a ban from driving for up to 56 days or get six points on your licence.
These new speeding penalties will replace the existing level of 100% of a driver’s weekly pay.
As a HGV driver, it is important that you have as few points on your licence as possible to ensure you can work for our clients. Speeding can cause you to have a driving ban and thus a loss of earnings for up to 56 days.
Don’t forget also, you could face a £200 fine and six penalty points if you drive with your mobile.