According to a recent survey carried out by the Honest John.co.uk website 84% of British motorists are unaware of new speeding fines that came into force on Monday 24th April.
More than eight out of every 10 British motorists are unaware of new speeding fines, which could see someone earning £50,000 pay a fine of £1000* for travelling 41mph in a 20mph limit.
* Fines based on individuals with a standard tax code of 1150L. Take home pay will vary depending on personal circumstances.
In a survey carried out by the website, 84% of respondents said they didn’t know what the new sentencing guidelines – which came into force on April 24th – meant, while more than half (56%) were completely unaware that the penalties for speeding were changing.
Under new rules laid out by the Sentencing Council, the changes mean that magistrates have the power to fine motorists by up to 150% of their weekly take-home income, while even minor offences can lead to fines of up to 50% of an offender’s weekly income. There will be a cap of £1,000 per offence, or £2,500 if it is committed on a motorway.
Sentencing guidelines survey was carried out via www.HonestJohn.co.uk on an independent panel of British driving licence holders aged 18-84 on April 19, 2017.