Legal Updates

Tougher fines for speeding offences

Written by Philip Somarakis
25/01/2017

Yesterday the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published revised sentencing guidelines for various offences in the Magistrates’ Court following a consultation on the draft guidelines between 19 May 2016 and 11 August 2016. The guidelines will come into effect on 24 April 2017.

One of the most prominent changes includes a higher penalty for offenders whose speed falls within the most serious offence category in the speeding guideline (highlighted bold in the table below). The speeding guideline focuses on the offender’s recorded speed against the speed limit.

Speed Limit (mph)

Recorded Speed (mph)

20

21-30

31-40

41-50

30

31-40

41-50

51-60

40

41-55

56-65

66-75

50

51-65

66-75

76-85

60

61-80

81-90

91-100

70

71-90

91-100

101-110

The sentencing starting point for the most serious category was a Band B fine being 100% of the offender’s relevant weekly income and this has now increased to a Band C fine. At 150% of the offender’s relevant weekly income, a Band C fine will now be the highest level available to the Magistrates or Judge when sentencing an offender for speeding. The Sentencing Council stated that the revised guidelines are to ensure that there is a clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases”.

There is no change to the number of penalty points or length of driving ban for speeding offences

Sentencing guidelines have also been updated for offences related to careless driving, failing to provide a specimen for analysis and excess alcohol when driving or in charge of a vehicle. Should you require any further information, please contact Philip Somarakis, Head of Regulatory Solutions at Gordon Dadds LLP.

Thank you to Mandy Rai, paralegal in our Regulatory Solutions department, for her help in preparing this update.

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Philip Somarakis

I am a Partner at Gordon Dadds, specialising in both criminal litigation and alcohol and entertainment licensing law. After completing my LLB Hons law degree in Manchester, I pursued a career in law and I was made a Partner at Blake Lapthorn in 2008. In 2012 I joined Davenport Lyons as Partner, before coming to Gordon Dadds in 2014. I have a wide range of expertise, including experience in alcohol and entertainment licensing, motoring offences, driving licence medical appeals, road safety and business regulatory defence, and have appeared in over 100 contested licensing hearing/appeals. With my motoring law practise, I have appeared on BBC Watchdog and on Radio 5 Live. Some of my speeding offence cases have made national headlines. When I have free time, I spend it running ultra marathons, reading, cooking and generally having a lot of fun.

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