Many drivers are unaware they face stronger penalties if they are caught at excessive speeds, several months after a new level of fines were introduced.
Elisabeth Glover, a litigation specialist with FBC Manby Bowdler said, under the new sentencing guidelines, the most serious offenders could face fines of up to 175 per cent of their weekly income.
Convicted drivers could now get a fine of up to £2,500 for speeding on a motorway or £1,000 on other roads.
Elisabeth said: “The new sentencing guidelines increase the fines payable by drivers by increasing the magistrates’ starting point for the fine as well as the maximum level of fine that can be imposed.
“Fines are based on the individual’s weekly income. For more serious cases of speeding, the magistrates will now be basing their calculations from a starting point that an individual should be paying 150% of their weekly income and that can go up to 175% of weekly income in the most serious cases.
“Many drivers don’t know anything about the new level of fines. We don’t advocate anyone breaking the law but if you do get a court summons for speeding, it’s always advisable to seek legal advice. A lawyer can examine all the details of your case and represent that to the court.
“There may be mitigating factors that can be given in your case to reduce the overall impact of any fine.”
The new fines, which apply to England and Wales, are divided into three categories – Band A, Band B and Band C.
Minor offences incur a Band A fine with a starting point of 50 per cent of the driver’s weekly income and at the next stage, Band B, magistrates can look at fines starting at 100 and 150 per cent of weekly income, respectively.