There are a number of things to be aware of when driving. Speeding is serious because of the simple fact that if you are travelling at a higher speed and you are in an accident then you are likely to cause significantly more damage.

The new rules

In recent times, the rules around speeding have changed primarily because it was felt that the current rules did not reflect how dangerous speeding can be and that the punishment needed to be more of a deterrent. There are now three bands A, B and C and the level of punishment you will receive will depend on where your offence falls under.

Band A

This is for offences such as driving between 31-40mph in a 30mph area. Whereas in 2015 this would have been a £188 fine now the fine will be the equivalent of 50% weekly income as well as 3 points on your driving license.

Band B

If you drive over 41-50mph in a 30mph zone area then the fine is the equivalent of 100% of your weekly income as well as 4 points on your license and potentially being disqualified from driving for 28 days.

Band C

Anyone driving over 50mph in a 30mph area could end up with a fine that is 150% of their weekly income, 6 points and disqualification for up to 56 days or more. If the court decides that you need to be disqualified for more than 56 days then you have to reapply for your license or you will not be allowed to drive.

The fines are capped at £2,500 if you speed on the motorway and £1,000 anywhere else. However, with the potential for penalty points and banning (Judges may consider anyone trying to accept a ban in order to avoid points deliberately) then it is worth thinking about ways to reduce speed and avoid potential punishments.

Circumstances

As with any case a Judge can consider if there are any potential mitigating circumstances – for example if you have a partner going into labour or you needed urgent medical treatment.

Equally they can consider if circumstances mean the punishment should be more severe and one example of this would be if you are speeding and you have a trailer behind your vehicle due to the fact this could potentially be a dangerous additional hazard.

It should also be made clear that these are guidelines so a Judge can make a call if they feel that circumstances can be taken into account in terms of how severe the punishment should be.

We can help

If you want to contest a speeding fine or want to know more about an upcoming case please contact us today. We have a number of specialist legal professionals and pride ourselves on giving them the resources they need. Furthermore, they are also people and will guide you through this difficult time and help you through the process. Contact Lucy Linington today on 023 9244 8115 or lucy.linington@larcomes.co.uk and she will be happy to go over your case in more detail.