What you need to know about the UK speeding fine guidelines 

The minimum is now £200

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From April 24 2017, drivers caught speeding can be fined a percentage of their weekly income. The minimum fine is £200, and up to six points could be put on the offender's licence.

  • Your questions around the speeding penalty guidelines answered
  • Speeders could be fined up to 175 per cent of their weekly income
  • Our chart helps you make sense of the different fine bands 

New regulations means speeding fines have increased

How much could I be fined if I'm caught speeding?

Depending on where you were speeding, and how fast you were going over the speed limit, the Sentencing Council's new regulations will put you into one of three bands.

  • Band A: up to 10mph faster than the speed limit
  • Band B: 11mph to 21mph faster than the speed limit
  • Band C: more than 21mph faster than the speed limit
Your band will determine the percentage of your weekly income you'll be fined.  It can increase based on the severity of your speeding offence; the maximum is 175 per cent of your weekly income. Based on the average UK income, this could mean a fine of almost £1000.

The new speeding fine bands

How about points on my licence?

People caught speeding could also have points added to their driving licence or, alternatively, they could be disqualified from driving for up to 56 days. Again, this will depend on how fast over the speed limit the driver was going.

The chart above  sets out the new regulations in more detail.

What will make my speeding offence more severe and increase my fine?

There are a number of factors that the police will take into consideration when charging drivers for speeding, the most obvious being previous convictions and if the offence was committed on bail.

However, there are aggravating factors that will affect all drivers:

  • Offence committed on licence or post sentence supervision
  • Poor road or weather conditions
  • Driving LGV, HGV or PSV 
  • Towing caravan/trailer
  • Carrying passengers or heavy load
  • Driving for hire or reward
  • Evidence of unacceptable standard of driving over and above speed
  • Location, for example, near a school
  • High level of traffic or pedestrians in the vicinity

Can anything reduce my fine?

According to the Sentencing rel="noopener noreferrer" Council, which issued the new guidelines on speeding penalties for the courts to follow, if you're caught speeding, a good character and exemplary conduct could help reduce your penalties. Also, the council says that if you make it clear that you're dealing with a genuine emergency, the police may take it into account.

Even in an emergency, speeding is almost never the right course of action. The speeding penalties have been put in place to emphasise the dangers of speeding – whatever the situation. Remember, getting a speeding ticket may increase your car insurance premium.