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Eight out of ten motorists unaware of new speeding regulations

Friday 21 April 2017, By Autovolo

Eight out of ten motorists unaware of new speeding regulations

Eight out of ten motorists unaware of new speeding regulations

A new speeding fine structure is coming into place but almost 84 per cent of motorists are not aware of it.

According to research, eight out of 10 people did not know that the rules around being caught speeding were changing. 

New regulations will see fines issued according to your earnings rather than being capped at a certain amount.

People who earn more than £50,000 per year will face fines of £355 if they are caught speeding just above the limit and up to £1,000 if they are caught doing excessive speed.

Daniel Powell, managing editor of car consumer site Honest John, said: “While most people agree that excessive speed has no place on our roads, and that greater deterrents are likely to reduce the amount of deaths and injuries related to speeding, the new fines policy appears to have entered the law almost unnoticed.

Under the new rules, judges and magistrates are also given the power to fine motorists up to 150 per cent of their weekly wage for the worst speeding offences, or 50 per cent for minor offences. This will be capped at £1,000 per offence or £2,500 if committed on a motorway.

However, Honest John’s Daniel Powell believes there are other concerns on the road to focus on beside speed. He continued by saying: “If sentencing guidelines for speeding are heading this way, then in an era of more connectivity behind the wheel, we should be addressing concerns around mobile phone use, in-car app and sat nav distractions in much the same way.”

The new regulations come into effect from Monday April 24.