Speeding fines for the most serious cases in England and Wales are set to rise by up to 50% following a review of sentencing guidelines for magistrates’ courts.
A driver caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, or 101mph on a motorway, could be fined 150% of their weekly income.
The Sentencing Council said it wanted to ensure a ‘clear increase in penalty’ as the seriousness of offending increases. It said the changes were not intended to result in significant differences to current sentencing practice, but to target specific offences.
The current limit for a speeding fine is 100% of the driver’s weekly wage, up to £1,000 or £2,500 if they are caught on a motorway.
In 2015, 166,695 people in England and Wales were sentenced for speeding offences and 166,216 were fined.