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