New speeding punishments come into effect

New tougher guidelines for speeding offences have come into effect in England and Wales, significantly increasing the fines for people breaking the speed limit by a large amount.

For example, drivers caught doing 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway will start from 150% of weekly income, rather than the previous level of 100%.

There is no specific rule for speeding through roadworks, except that the strictest punishment for doing 76 or more in 50 on a motorway is now £2,500.

Full details are available here.

The RAC’s road safety spokesman Pete Williams welcomed the new rules saying, “Anyone who breaks the limit excessively is a danger to every other road user and is unnecessarily putting lives at risk.

“Hopefully, hitting these offenders harder in the pocket will make them think twice before doing it again in the future.

“While greater sentences for excessive speeders are obviously a deterrent, the best deterrent of all is more effective enforcement.”

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